Salvador Perez and Brett Hayes knocked two-run homers as Kansas City beat the White Sox 4-1 on Sunday to close out the 2013 season.
The Royals (86-76) finish with their first winning campaign since 2003 and their best overall record in 24 years. They posted a 17-10 record in September, their fourth straight winning month to close out the season.
They end up one spot out of at least a tie in the AL Wild Card race, five games back of Texas and Tampa Bay.
Bruce Chen (9-4) lasted 6 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four batters.
Closer Greg Holland padded his newly-established Royals single-season saves record with No. 47. His 107 strikeouts also ties Jim York for the most in one year by a closer.
The team has called a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. with general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost.