CHICAGO (AP) - Coco Crisp's two-run homer in the ninth inning broke a scoreless tie and the Kansas City Royals held off the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Thursday.
The Royals took 2 of 3 from the AL Central champion White Sox in the season-opening series, getting strong starting pitching in every game.
It was 0-0 when Crisp connected off Bobby Jenks (0-1). Alberto Callaspo doubled with one out and Crisp hit the next pitch for his first home run of the season.
The White Sox scored on Jermaine Dye's RBI grounder in the ninth, then put two runners on base before Joakim Soria struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit to end it.