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Holland Sets Royals Single Season Saves Record

Associated Press - September 26, 2013 10:05 pm

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CHICAGO (AP) – Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Thursday night.

Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth for his 46th save in 49 chances as the Royals ended a two game losing streak. Holland set a franchise record in saves, surpassing Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993).

One day after being eliminated from the postseason, the Royals earned their 84th win, their most since 1993.

Guthrie (15-12) became the Royals’ third 15 game winner since 1997. He gave up two runs and four hits, striking out four and allowing one walk. Guthrie already surpassed his career best win total when he won his 12th on August 5 against the Twins.

Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit solo homers for the White Sox, who have lost 21 of their last 27. The White Sox are 35 games under .500 (62-97) for the first time since ending the 1970 season 56-106 and must win once in this series to avoid finishing with 100 losses, which would be the fourth most in franchise history.

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