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(Friday, April 4th)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Chicago 5
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.
04/04 23:04:27 ET