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Kansas  City,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  - Alex  Gordon drove  in three runs and 
Lorenzo  Cain had two  hits and a pair of RBI as the Kansas City Royals downed 
the Chicago White Sox, 7-5, in the first tilt of a three-game set. 

Omar  Infante went  3-for-5 with an RBI  and Norichika Aoki had three hits and 
scored a run for the Royals. 

Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks over 5 2/3 
innings  to earn the  win and Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to notch his 
first save of the season. 

"It was a good offensive day for us. It was a tough day for pitchers today 
with the cold and the wind blowing. It was very difficult to grip the ball and 
get a good feel on the ball," said Royals manager Ned Yost. 

Adam  Eaton  had two  hits and two  RBI while Conor  Gillaspie, Jose Abreu and 
Avisail  Garcia finished  with one  RBI  apiece for  the White Sox, who  have 
dropped two straight after winning their first two games of the season. 

Erik Johnson (0-1) was tagged for all seven runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings 
to absorb the loss. 

"I just have to compete better for my team. They put five runs on the board 
after I got them in a hole. You have to give credit to the offense for never 
giving up and fighting back," said Johnson. 

Abreu's  sacrifice fly  scored  Eaton in  the first  inning,  but Kansas  City 
countered  with three  runs in the home  half to take the lead. With the bases 
loaded and one out, Gordon laced a double to right-center to plate three. 

The  Royals added another  run in the second. Cain singled, moved to second on 
an Alcides Escobar groundout, then scored on Infante's single to center. 

Chicago  made it  4-2 in the fifth  inning. With the bases loaded and one out, 
Gillaspie  lifted  a sacrifice fly  to right  field that scored Tyler Flowers. 
Abreu flew out in the next at bat to end the threat. 

Kansas  City  broke the game open  with three runs  in the home half. With the 
bases  loaded and  one out, Johnson threw  a wild pitch that allowed Butler to 
score. Cain followed with a two-run single to center to make it 7-2. 

The White Sox made  a late  push, scoring  two in  the sixth  and one in the 
seventh, but were unable to get any closer as Wade Davis and Holland shut them 
down in the eighth and ninth. 

In  the sixth,  Eaton smacked a two-run  single to left to score Adam Dunn and 
Alexei  Ramirez. Gillaspie  scored on  Garcia's  groundout in  the seventh  to 
account for the final margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

Game time: 3:37 ... KC finished 4-for-16 with RISP and the White Sox were just 
2-for-11  with RISP ... Cain, Salvador Perez and Jarrod Dyson each stole a bag 
for  the Royals  ... Chicago will send  John Danks to the mound on Saturday to 
battle Kansas City's Bruce Chen. 

 
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