Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed six strong innings and
received just enough support from Kansas City's struggling offense in a 3-1
decision over the Chicago White Sox that gave the Royals their first win of
After mustering just two runs, 12 hits and stranding 14 runners in dropping
the first two tests of this season-opening series, the Royals struck three
times in the top of the fifth to provide Guthrie and the bullpen a lead they
Kansas City managed just five hits in this one, but received an RBI single
from Chris Getz and a run-scoring double by Alex Gordon in the fifth. Gordon
finished 2-for-4 on the day.
Guthrie (1-0) yielded only one run on five hits while striking out nine
Chicago hitters before giving way to Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera and Greg
Holland, with the trio combining for a scoreless inning apiece to close out
Chicago received a 4-for-4 game from Gordon Beckham, but went 1-for-6 with men
in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
Gavin Floyd (0-1) pitched well for the White Sox in defeat, holding the Royals
to four hits and fanning five despite being reached for all three runs in a
Floyd was terrific the first time through the Kansas City order, yielding only
one hit -- a Salvador Perez double in the second -- through the first four
The Royals finally broke out in the fifth, however.
Eric Hosmer drew a one-out walk and raced to third on an opposite-field single
from Jeff Francoeur before crossing the plate with the game's first run on
Jarrod Dyson's high chopper to second. Getz then knocked in Francoeur with a
base hit to center for a 2-0 lead, and took second when Chicago's Alejandro De
Aza bobbled the ball on the play.
Gordon followed by ripping a double into the right-field corner to easily
Chicago, meanwhile, was held to just a pair of singles and a walk by Guthrie
over the first four frames, though it would get a run back in the fifth. After
the Kansas City right-hander hit Tyler Flowers with a pitch with two out,
Beckham and De Aza stroked back-to-back singles to bring the White Sox within
The White Sox later threatened to close the gap further when facing Crow in
the seventh, with consecutive base hits from Flowers and Beckham putting two
on with one out. De Aza flied out, however, before Jeff Keppinger grounded
back to the box to end the inning.
Chicago had the tying run at first in the ninth after Holland walked Flowers
and served up Beckham's fourth single of the contest, but De Aza followed with
a slow tapper to first that resulted in the final out.
Since joining the Royals in a trade with Colorado midway through last season,
Guthrie has gone 2-0 with an 0.50 earned run average in five starts against
the White Sox ... Kansas City went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position
after having just two hits in 13 at-bats in such situations over the first two
games ... Prior to De Aza's RBI single, all six of Chicago's runs this season
had come as a result of five homers the team hit over the first two outings.
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