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  • Royals' Guthrie halts winless streak

  • CHICAGO — Jeremy Guthrie was pleased with the way he was pitching over the previous two months. He just didn't have anything to show for it.
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  • CHICAGO — Jeremy Guthrie was pleased with the way he was pitching over the previous two months. He just didn't have anything to show for it.
    He wasn't happy with much of his performance Friday night, but it was good enough to snap an 11-game winless streak.
    Lorenzo Cain had a two-run double to highlight a five-run first inning, Guthrie pitched into the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
    "Baseball is a very funny game," said Guthrie, an Ashland native. "This is a very ironic way to pick up a win after a long stretch — not pitch very well, not pitch too deep in the game, but do enough to help the team win."
    Guthrie (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 52/3 innings. Before Friday, he had gone at least seven innings in four of his last five games. His last win was on April 9, against Tampa Bay.
    The right-hander had pitched well enough to win on several occasions, but received the lowest run support in the AL (2.59) during that span.
    That wasn't an issue Friday.
    Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler each had two RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the first inning, for Kansas City.
    The Royals staked Guthrie to a five-run lead before he took the mound.
    The first four batters — Nori Aoki, Omar Infante, Hosmer and Butler — all singled to make it 2-0 and fifth-place hitter Alex Gordon followed with a double to right field to make it 3-0.
    After Jose Quintana struck out Salvador Perez for the first out of the game, Cain stroked a double to left to drive in two more and made it 5-0.
    The White Sox got a run back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Abreu. The Royals got it back in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Hosmer.
    Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning as Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo singled and Alejandro De Aza walked, but the White Sox pushed across just one run — on a walk to Adam Eaton — to make it 6-2.
    "I didn't come out aggressive enough," Guthrie said. "A couple of walks and I loaded the bases in the second. I was very fortunate to get out of the first two innings with just a couple of runs and then I was able to settle down down the stretch."
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