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.
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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.

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.

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Royals posted single tallies in each of the first three innings. In the first inning, Olivares hit his first home run. Drew Waters followed with a two out RBI single and Salvador Perez added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. The 419-foot blast to left was his 10th of the year and seventh in 21 games with Kansas City.The

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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 has four losses and no wins in seven starts for the

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since joining their rotation on Aug. 1. Chicago has lost three of its last 22 games and is 32 games under.500.-Field Level Media