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Gordon's 3 RBI help Royals beat ChiSox in home opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon got the big hit and Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante spent all day setting the table.

Gordon hit a three-run double in the first inning and Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in their home opener Friday.

Aoki and Infante were acquired in the offseason to get on base at the top of the order. They each had three hits, and Aoki worked a walk, too.

"That's why we made those additions, guys who can get on base and put the ball in play," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Nori and Omar were on base seven times, which was big. That set the table for Gordy's big double. It was a good offensive day for us."

Guthrie allowed four runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings.

"It was just windy," Guthrie said. "It was never really cold. The grip is not perfect in conditions like that, but ... we're fortunate enough that we're moving around every play, so we stay pretty warm."

Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs with a two-out fifth inning single that put Kansas City ahead 7-2.

The Royals jumped on White Sox rookie right-hander Erik Johnson for six hits and four runs in the first two innings. Johnson retired only 14 of the 28 batters he faced, yielding seven runs on 10 hits, three walks and a hit batter to take the loss.

"The biggest thing is that I've got to compete better for my team," Johnson said. "We were right there. We put five runs on the board after I put them in a hole. You've got to give credit to our offense for never giving up."

Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie hit sacrifice flies against Guthrie, and Adam Eaton hit a two-run single off reliever Kelvin Herrera in the sixth, but both runs were charged to Guthrie.

Tyler Flowers, who went 4-for-4 Thursday against Minnesota, had hits in his first three at-bats, but the streak ended in the eighth when Aoki dropped his fly ball to right.

"I thought we came up with a couple of big hits," Flowers said. "But Guthrie made some good pitches in situations that could have escalated into bigger innings. We had him on the ropes a couple of times, but missed a couple of hits here or there. We were probably a couple of hits away."

The Royals, who had not made a challenge in spring training or in the first two games against the Tigers, asked the umpires to review a call in the seventh when Abreu was called safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Mike Moustakas that pulled Eric Hosmer's foot off the bag. After a two minute, 49 second delay, the call was upheld.

"I figured it was a good time to take a shot at it," Yost said. "I thought it would be a 50-50 chance."

Greg Holland pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save after setting a Royals' record with 47 saves last season.

Notes

RHP Nate Jones was put on the disabled list by the White Sox with a muscle strain in his left hip. RHP Jake Petricka was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Jones had allowed four runs without retiring a batter in his first two appearances. Petricka pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings after Johnson was pulled in the fifth.. LHP Bruce Chen, who is 7-2 against the White Sox since the start of the 2011 season, starts Saturday. LHP John Danks will make his first White Sox start.

 
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Alex Gordon touches up White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson for a three-run double in the Royals' 7-5 win. (USATSI)
Alex Gordon touches up White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson for a three-run double in the Royals' 7-5 win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Eaton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

L. Cain
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4122011 .313
Marcus Semien, 2B4010123 .111
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3111112 .333
Jose Abreu, 1B4001023 .313
Adam Dunn, DH4110111 .188
Avisail Garcia, RF4001012 .167
Alejandro De Aza, LF4000003 .267
Alexei Ramirez, SS3110100 .429
Tyler Flowers, C4130001 .571
Erik Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
Totals3459548  
Batting
2B - Marcus Semien (1, Guthrie), Tyler Flowers (1, Guthrie)
SF - Conor Gillaspie (1), Jose Abreu (1)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (4), Conor Gillaspie (1), Jose Abreu (6), Avisail Garcia (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Semien-A. Ramirez-Abreu
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Johnson (L,0-1) 4.21077320 13.50
Jake Petricka 2.1200210 0.00
Scott Downs 1100100 9.00
IBB - Perez by Scott Downs
WP - Erik Johnson (1)
HBP - Hosmer (by Erik Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Johnson 98-55, Jake Petricka 41-21, Scott Downs 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Johnson 5-7, Jake Petricka 3-2, Scott Downs 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Johnson 28, Jake Petricka 10, Scott Downs 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4130101 .231
Omar Infante, 2B5131013 .385
Eric Hosmer, 1B4120002 .364
Billy Butler, DH3110205 .200
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-DH0000000 .000
Alex Gordon, LF5013003 .182
Salvador Perez, C3110211 .600
Mike Moustakas, 3B4100105 .000
Lorenzo Cain, CF4122000 .333
Alcides Escobar, SS4000011 .000
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals36713663  
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (1, Johnson), Eric Hosmer (2, Johnson), Alex Gordon (1, Johnson)
RBI - Omar Infante (2), Alex Gordon 3 (4), Lorenzo Cain 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (2)
SB - Jarrod Dyson (1, 2nd base off Downs/Flowers), Salvador Perez (1, 2nd base off Downs/Flowers), Lorenzo Cain (2, 2nd base off Johnson/Flowers)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1
DP - Hosmer-Escobar-Guthrie
E - Norichika Aoki (1, Dropped fly), Mike Moustakas (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,1-0) 5.2744430 6.35
Kelvin Herrera (H,1) 0.1100010 0.00
Francisley Bueno (H,1) 0.1110000 0.00
Aaron Crow (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Wade Davis (H,1) 1000020 2.70
Greg Holland (S,1) 1000020 0.00
HBP - Eaton (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 111-68, Kelvin Herrera 11-7, Francisley Bueno 10-7, Aaron Crow 9-6, Wade Davis 17-9, Greg Holland 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 5-7, Francisley Bueno 2-0, Aaron Crow 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Kelvin Herrera 2, Francisley Bueno 3, Aaron Crow 2, Wade Davis 4, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40103
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Schrieber