CHICAGO (AP) - 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,” Guthrie said. “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 5 2-3 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.
“This is probably the worst game he’s had in this streak,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
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.
Jose Quintana (3-7) never recovered from the slow start, allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings.
Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 with an RBI for the White Sox.
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 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.
“In the past Q’s always been a little slow coming out of the first inning,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “But they were swinging it. They barreled him up and it happened fast.”