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Guthrie snaps winless streak in Royals' win over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Jeremy Guthrie was pleased with the way he was pitching over the previous two months. He just didn't have anything to show for it.

He wasn't happy with much of his performance Friday night, but it was good enough to snap an 11-game winless streak.

Lorenzo Cain had a two-run double to highlight a five-run first inning, Guthrie pitched into the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"Baseball is a very funny game," Guthrie said. "This is a very ironic way to pick up a win after a long stretch -- not pitch very well, not pitch too deep in the game, but do enough to help the team win."

Guthrie (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Before Friday, he had gone at least seven innings in four of his last five games. His last win was on April 9, against Tampa Bay.

"This is probably the worst game he's had in this streak," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The right-hander had pitched well enough to win on several occasions, but received the lowest run support in the AL (2.59) during that span.

That wasn't an issue Friday.

Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler each had two RBI, including a run-scoring single in the first inning, for Kansas City.

Jose Quintana (3-7) never recovered from the slow start, allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 with an RBI for the White Sox.

The Royals staked Guthrie to a five-run lead before he took the mound.

The first four batters -- Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Hosmer and Butler -- all singled to make it 2-0 and fifth-place hitter Alex Gordon followed with a double to right field to make it 3-0.

After Quintana struck out Salvador Perez for the first out of the game, Cain stroked a double to left to drive in two more and made it 5-0.

"In the past Q's always been a little slow coming out of the first inning," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "But they were swinging it. They barreled him up and it happened fast."

The White Sox got a run back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Abreu. The Royals got it back in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Hosmer.

Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning as Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo singled and Alejandro De Aza walked, but the White Sox pushed across just one run -- on a walk to Adam Eaton -- to make it 6-2.

"I didn't come out aggressive enough," Guthrie said. "A couple of walks and I loaded the bases in the second. I was very fortunate to get out of the first two innings with just a couple of runs and then I was able to settle down down the stretch."

Guthrie struck out Tyler Flowers with no outs and then struck out Gordon Beckham with one out following the walk to Eaton. Conor Gillaspie then flied out to center to end the inning.

The starters then settled down and neither team scored over the next four innings.

"He was at 74 pitches through three and I was like, 'OK, if you can just get us through five with the lead, that's going to be a heck of a job,'" Yost said of Guthrie. "He ended up throwing 14 pitches in the fourth inning, six pitches in the fifth and got two outs in the sixth."

Kansas City added a run in the seventh on Hosmer's run-scoring single to make it 7-2.

Notes

Royals SS Alcides Escobar left the game in the eighth inning with a cramp in the left calf. "If he feels tightness tomorrow, we'll probably give him the day off," Yost said. ... The White Sox have signed RHP Henry Rodriguez to a minor-league contract. Rodriguez, released by Miami earlier this season, has been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte and will begin on the DL. ... The last time LHP Chris Sale had a high pitch count he landed on the DL for a month, but Ventura had no problems with the Chicago ace throwing 116 on Thursday. "He felt great going there and he didn't have that inning where he really had to fight through it and battle," Ventura said. ... LHP Danny Duffy (3-5) takes on RHP Hector Noesi (2-4) in the second game of the series Saturday.

 
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Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie slows down the White Sox to earn his first victory since April 9. (USATSI)
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie slows down the White Sox to earn his first victory since April 9. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

O. Infante
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

A. Eaton
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4220100 .260
Omar Infante, 2B5230003 .242
Eric Hosmer, 1B2112201 .261
Billy Butler, DH5122012 .257
Alex Gordon, LF5111022 .281
Salvador Perez, C4010114 .269
Lorenzo Cain, CF5012023 .318
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000012 .160
Alcides Escobar, SS4010012 .286
   Pedro Ciriaco, PR-SS0000000 .238
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
Totals38712748  
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (10, Quintana), Alex Gordon (19, Quintana), Lorenzo Cain (9, Quintana), Alcides Escobar (18, Carroll)
SF - Eric Hosmer (5)
RBI - Eric Hosmer 2 (31), Billy Butler 2 (26), Alex Gordon (36), Lorenzo Cain 2 (26)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,3-6) 5.2622490 4.04
Aaron Crow (H,7) 0.1000000 3.07
Francisley Bueno 1000010 2.25
Kelvin Herrera 1000010 2.37
Tim Collins 1100110 4.41
HBP - Beckham (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 110-65, Aaron Crow 1-1, Francisley Bueno 10-6, Kelvin Herrera 10-6, Tim Collins 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 1-7, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Kelvin Herrera 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Aaron Crow 1, Francisley Bueno 3, Kelvin Herrera 3, Tim Collins 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF2121300 .259
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000117 .291
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000006 .331
   a-Paul Konerko, PH1000001 .189
Jose Abreu, 1B4011012 .264
Adam Dunn, DH4000022 .237
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110011 .310
Dayan Viciedo, RF4010021 .249
Alejandro De Aza, LF3010120 .199
Tyler Flowers, C3000034 .256
   b-Leury Garcia, PH1010000 .250
Jose Quintana, P0000000 .000
   Scott Carroll, P0000000 .000
Totals33272512  
a-flied out for Gillaspie in the 9th
b-singled for Flowers in the 9th
Batting
SF - Jose Abreu (3)
RBI - Adam Eaton (19), Jose Abreu (51)
Team LOB - 11
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana (L,3-7) 6866160 3.98
Scott Carroll 3411320 4.68
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 110-69, Scott Carroll 69-39
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 4-8, Scott Carroll 6-1
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 27, Scott Carroll 16
Game Information
Attendance - 22773
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jordan Baker