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CHICAGO -- With just five wins in late July, the temptation is to think that James Shields is having an off year. Dan Fouts Chargers Jersey . Not true, said Kansas City manager Ned Yost. Shields tossed seven shutout innings on Friday night to lead the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, and Yost believes that performance was right in line with the way the veteran right-hander has pitched this season. "Forget the record," Yost said. "The record doesnt tell a quarter of the story of the way hes pitched all year. Hes been really, really good. Hes an innings eater (and) he keeps us in the game every time. Weve just struggled to score runs for him. "But tonight was good that he got a W. He pitched great." Shields (5-7) allowed eight hits and walked two but faced only one real scoring threat, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. He lowered his ERA to 3.09 and has been especially effective on the road, where he improved to 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 starts. Afterward, Shields preferred to talk about the team. The Royals (49-51) have won four straight and six of eight since the All-Star break. "I think were playing some decent baseball right now," Shields said. "I think theres always room to improve, but right now were on a little bit of a roll and its nice. I think were playing on all cylinders right now. Our defence has been playing amazing. Obviously, Lorenzo Cain made a couple of nice catches tonight and the pitchers are making pitches when they need to." Chicago starter Jose Quintana (5-3) also pitched well but allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings to pick up the loss. "Hes a good pitcher and its just one of those things where he doesnt get really what he deserves," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He was sharp." Royals right-fielder David Lough led off the top of the third inning with a home run into the right-field bullpen to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Thats where the score stayed until the seventh, when the Royals stretched the lead to 2-0 on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Tejada that scored Salvador Perez, who led off the inning with a double. The White Soxs best threat against Shields came in the sixth, when they loaded the bases with two outs. But catcher Josh Phegley grounded into a fielders choice to third base on the first pitch to end the inning. Shields showed his veteran savvy in working out of the jam. With Gordon Beckham at the plate with runners on second and third with two outs, Shields fed the White Sox second baseman a steady diet of breaking balls. Beckham was 0 for 2 to that point, but both outs were drives to deep centre. "Beckhams a pretty good hitter and hes got pretty good numbers against me," Shields said. "He hit the ball hard twice earlier in the game and I had the catcher right behind him. I felt like there was a base open and Im not going to give him too much to hit in that situation." Beckham walked to load the bases, but Shields got Phegley to ground out softly on a slider. The Sox finally got on the board in the eighth on a solo homer by Conor Gillaspie, but the Royals added three insurance runs in the ninth on run-scoring hits by Cain and Mike Moustakas, and a sacrifice fly by Lough. NOTES: White Sox RHP Jesse Crain, who has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a right shoulder strain, played catch on Thursday and said afterward, "It definitely wasnt better today." Crain, who has a 0.74 ERA in 38 appearances this season, said he will take four or five days off before throwing again next week. ... Although hes not ready to commit to it long-term, Royals manager Ned Yost said he will keep first baseman Eric Hosmer batting second for now. "Traditionally, a situational guy hits second," Yost said. The slugging Hosmer was hitting .321 with a .519 slugging percentage in July before Friday. ... Beckham was back in the lineup after missing five games with a strained left wrist, the same wrist he had surgery on earlier this season. "Theres some soreness but no pain, so its go time," he said. ... Royals RHP Wade Davis (4-9) faces LHP Chris Sale (6-9) Saturday night in the second game of the series. Steve Grogan Patriots Jersey .  Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. John Hannah Patriots Jersey . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Oribe Peralta scored two first-half goals, leading Mexico to an easy 4-1 victory over the Ivory Coast in an international friendly Wednesday night. Mexico won for the first time in four matches in the United States this year. Mexico previously tied Denmark 1-1 in Glendale, Ariz. in January then played to a scoreless draw against Peru in San Francisco in April and to a 2-2 tie with Nigeria at Houston in May. Peralta scored in the 28th minute and again in the 45th. The Mexicans received an own goal in the 10th minute to start the scoring, set up by a play in front by Peralta when Ivory Coast defender Arthur Boka inadvertently put Peraltas shot past his own goalie, Boubacar Barry. Angel Reyna capped the scoring with a goal in the final minute of regulation for Mexico. Ivory Coast could not muster much offence and got its goal off a penalty kick from Didier Drogba in the 61st. Mexico had the first good scoring opportunity just 1:45 into the game when Giovani Dos Santos hard shot sailed just wide right of the goal. Three minutes later, Dos Santos had another good shot, but Barry punched it away with both fists. In the 10th minute, Ivory Coast made the first of its many first-half mistakes. Peralta made a fine move between two defenders, then put a shot toward goal that Boka put diirectly into his own net with his right foot, giving Mexico the lead for good. Eddie George Titans Jersey. In the 28th, Peralta was alert in capitalizing on a bad back pass from Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Jaques Gosso, knocking the ball past Barry from eight yards out to push the lead to 2-0. Ivory Coasts lone chance to score in the first half came in the 41st when Mathis Bolly went past three Mexican defenders to put a left-footed shot toward the goal, but Mexican goalie Jesus Corona made a fine save. Then Peralta put a capper on his brilliant first half, successfully trailing the play before taking a nice crossing pass from Dos Santos and heading it home with just 12 seconds remaining in the half. In the second half, Mexico kept up the pressure and nearly had a fourth goal. Reyna made a series of sensational crossover moves -- much to the delight of the partisan Mexican crowd of 35, 671 -- faking his way past two defenders before firing a shot into the net that was waived off due to offsides. In the 61st minute, Drogba took a direct free kick that was ruled a hand ball in the penalty box. Drogba then took the subsequent penalty kick and fired it past Corona for Ivory Coasts goal. Reyna made another crisp move in the 89th, managing to get past two defenders and score the final goal of the match. Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '