KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning, Salvador Perez drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep of the AL Central leaders.
Guthrie was working on a no-hitter before Paul Konerko reached on an infield single with two out in the seventh. Shortstop Alcides Escobar fielded Konerko's grounder on the outfield grass and his one-hop throw was dropped by first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Official scorer Del Black ruled it a hit and the Kauffman Stadium crowd of 22,401 loudly booed when the "H" was flashed on the scoreboard. Black called it "a tough play from that deep. He makes that play a lot, but it's a tough play."