Sale 1st Sox player with 200+ strikeouts in 4 consecutive seasons

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on September 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Kansas City Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Sunday.

Kendrys Morales homered on Sale’s first pitch of the second and Eric Hosmer did the same in the fourth. Still, Sale struck out 12 batters for his 20th game with a dozen K’s or more. He also became the first Sox player with over 200 strikeouts in four consecutive seasons.

Kennedy (11-9) walked four, but Adam Eaton’s leadoff single was the only hit off the right-hander in six innings. He improved to 5-0 in his last six starts. Peter Moylan and Kelvin Herrera each threw a perfect inning before Wade Davis worked around Eaton’s single and a walk in the ninth for his 24th save.