KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When White Sox ace Chris Sale left with a two-run lead after seven innings, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a message in the dugout.
"This is when the magic happens," Hosmer yelled to his teammates.
It did. Again.
Cheslor Cuthbert drove in the go-ahead run with an infield hit in a three-run eighth, and Kansas City rallied for the third straight game in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Sunday.
Chicago wasted a 4-2 lead in the eighth after failing to protect a 5-2 seventh-inning lead Friday and a 7-1 ninth-inning lead Saturday. The Royals won three straight when trailing by two runs or more entering the seventh inning for the first time.
White Sox relievers allowed 14 runs, 15 hits and eight walks over 61/3 innings in the three-game series. Chicago has lost 14 of 18.
"If that's our worries right now, is our bullpen, I think we're in a great spot," Sale said. "They've got a good offense. It's going to happen. You can't expect everybody to be perfect every time."
Kansas City has won 12 of 17 to move into the AL Central lead.
Reliever Nate Jones walked in the tying run before Cuthbert singled off Matt Albers.
"I just feel bad for Sale," Jones said. "He worked his tail off for seven innings and the offense did their job."