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.
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.
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.