Cole Ragans, Royals overpower White Sox

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Sep 4, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans (55) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
Sep 4, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans (55) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
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Cole Ragans continued his dominance and Edward Olivares homered twice as the Kansas City Royals blasted the visiting Chicago White Sox 12-1 on Monday afternoon.

One day after being named American League Pitcher of the Month for August, Ragans (6-4) allowed only Yoan Moncada's one-out single in the fifth inning while striking out seven over six shutout innings without a walk. Ragans extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 with 32 strikeouts while allowing just seven singles in the stretch.

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In seven starts since his trade from the Texas Rangers, Ragans is 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings.

The Royals posted single tallies in each of the first three innings. Olivares clubbed his first home run with one out in the first, Drew Waters added a two-out RBI single in the second and Salvador Perez's sacrifice fly made it 3-0 in the third.

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Nelson Velazquez's two-run homer gave Kansas City a 5-0 lead in the fourth. The 419-foot blast to left was his 10th of the year and seventh in 21 games with Kansas City.

The Royals put the game out of reach with a seven-run fifth inning, capped by Olivares' second home run, a two-run shot 428 feet to left-center for a 12-0 lead. It was Olivares' eighth of the season, marking his second career multi-homer game.

Olivares and Maikel Garcia each collected three hits.

Jesse Scholtens (1-7) allowed five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Scholtens is winless with four losses in seven starts since joining the White Sox rotation Aug. 1.

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In the eighth, Lenyn Sosa doubled and scored from second on Trayce Thompson's two-out infield hit and first baseman Matt Beaty's throwing error for Chicago's lone run.

The White Sox have lost four straight, including the last three while playing without All-Star outfielder Luis Robert Jr., who is sidelined with right quad cramping. Chicago scored three runs in those three losses and have dropped 16 of 22, falling to a season-worst 32 games below .500.

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—Field Level Media