Brian Anderson is putting together a strong finish to a bad season.
Anderson, who went 0-9 during a 3 1/2 -month stretch before pitching a shutout against the White Sox on Aug. 4, has won four of six decisions since the extended slide. He is 3-0 over his last five outings, including a 6-3 victory at Tampa Bay on Monday in which he allowed three runs and seven hits over 7 2-3 solid innings.
“I had a pretty good sinker tonight. Just worked the extremes of the plate, in and out, and changed speeds,” said Anderson, who faced the Devil Rays for the first time, giving him at least one appearance against all 30 major league teams.
“It only took 12 years,” Anderson said. “But all 30, that’s something— until the next round of expansion.”
The White Sox have taken two of the first three games from the Royals, including Saturday’s 5-1 victory. Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter and Jose Valentin hit his 28th homer to lead Chicago to its sixth win in eight games.
Lee’s homer was the 150th of his career and 29th of the season.
Joe Randa provided the only offense for Kansas City with his eighth homer as the Royals lost their chance to win a third straight road series. Kansas City took two of three at Cleveland and Tampa Bay, respectively, before arriving in Chicago.