"Ches has been giving us great at-bats," Yost said. "Very seldom will he chase out of the zone. He just puts good swings on the ball."
While Cuthbert's triple was a pivotal hit in the game, it also added to some personal accolades for the rookie third baseman. Having already extended his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning single, the triple represented Cuthbert's fifth straight game with an extra-base hit and his fourth straight multi-hit game.
"He's hot. Everything he hits is on the barrel and hard," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "When a guy is in that kind of groove, he's tough to stop."
And while Cuthbert is known for his patience at the plate, it was a first-pitch cutter away that he was able to crank to center to tie the game.
"I just go up aggressive, looking for a good pitch," Cuthbert said.
But more than just his aggressiveness, Cuthbert has become one of the toughest outs in the Major Leagues since the All-Star break. He's hitting .347 in 26 games in that stretch, and entered Thursday with the fourth-most hits in the American League in that period.
"You can't pitch him one way," Yost said. "He can drive the ball down the right-field line as well as the left-field line, and everywhere in between."
Cuthbert shifted the credit to Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who gave up one run in a complete-game win. Cuthbert noted that Duffy was dynamic, and kept the score down until the offense finally broke through.
"He kept us in the game until the [sixth]," Cuthbert said.
Duffy said he wanted to do his part after being energized by the two-run sixth.
"Once we scored those two runs, I kind of felt another gear," Duffy said. "I wanted to protect the lead that my team just gave me more than just keeping [the White Sox] off the board."
Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.