Jeremy Guthrie, Royals shut down White Sox for 3-1 victory
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com April 4, 2013 3:22PM
Updated: April 4, 2013 7:28PM
Jeremy Guthrie continued his dominance against the White Sox, and the Kansas City Royals scored a 3-1 victory to salvage the third game of their season-opening series on Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Floyd, who gave up two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings, cruised through the first four innings before giving up three in the fifth. After a one-out walk to Eric Hosmer in the fifth, Jeff Franceour singled to right with Hosmer running on the pitch to put runners on the corners. Jarrod Dyson scored Hosmer from third with a grounder that hopped over first baseman Paul Konerko’s glove, going for a groundout to second baseman Gordon Beckham. The Royals added two more runs on an RBI single by Chris Getz and an RBI double by Alex Gordon.
Center fielder Alejandro De Aza bobbled the ball fielding Getz’s single, putting Getz in scoring position.
The Sox scored in the fifth on De Aza’s RBI single that scored Tyler Flowers from third, the Sox’ first hit with runners in scoring position this season and their first run without the benefit of a home run.
The inning started after two outs when Guthrie grazed Flowers’ shirt with a pitch. Flowers advanced to third on Beckham’s single to right.
Guthrie, who dominated the Sox last season, including two scoreless eight-inning performances at U.S. Cellular Field, struck out nine, walked one and allowed five hits in six innings.
Hector Santiago replaced Floyd and pitched three scoreless relief innings. Floyd threw 94 pitches.
Dayan Viciedo struck out four times, Adam Dunn (0-for-4) fanned three times and Paul Konerko was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Gordon Beckham was 4-for-4, all singles, including a base hit that put the winning run on base in the ninth against closer Greg Holland. But De Aza grounded out to first to end the game.
The Sox open a three-game home series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.