After batters from both teams had been hit by pitches, and both benches warned that another would lead to an ejection, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura snagged a hard grounder hit directly at him by White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton in the top of the seventh inning.
The two appeared to exchange words as Ventura easily put out Eaton with a throw to first base. The umpires raced in between the two players, but by then both benches had emptied, and a brawl that included several players throwing punches began.
Tensions began to rise in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Ventura hit White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in the left arm with a pitch. In the top of the fifth inning, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch from Sale.
The Royals won the game, 3-2, after first baseman Eric Hosmer doubled in center fielder Jarrod Dotson with two out in the top of the 13th inning. Wade Davis earned his fourth save by giving up one hit and striking out one.