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 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.