Chicago Even with a blister on his right throwing finger and the lack of his usual overpowering fastball, Robinson Tejeda still continued his dominance since joining the Royals rotation.
Tejeda won his third straight start, pitching six solid innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, on Sunday.
Mitch Maier had an RBI single for the Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.
Since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation on Sept. 4, Tejeda (4-1) is 3-0. He has allowed just two runs over 221⁄3 innings as a starter.
“He (Tejeda) didn’t really have his overpowering fastball. It was one of those days like all pitchers have. When you reach back it just doesn’t come out like it (usually) does,” Royals catcher John Buck said. “But he reached down and really let it go every once in a while when we needed to and really did a good job locating with his fastball both sides of the plate.”
Tejeda allowed one run and three hits. He struck out five and walked two and was not fazed by a blister that developed in his last start against Detroit.