White Sox beat Royals 5-2 in final game of Kansas City's road trip
CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field as Sox LHP Jose Quintana churned out his best start of the season. Quintana (1-4) benefited from serious run support for the first time this season as he had only received four runs of support from his club during his first four starts this season.
Quintana kept the Royals in check allowing only two runs, one earned, over six frames. He also reached a new season-high in strikeouts with 10.
Kansas City was once again unable to produce much offense, a problem which has plagued them away from home this year. The Royals averaged just under two runs per game during their winless seven game trip, which ended Wednesday. They'll head home to lick their wounds at Kauffman Stadium where they fare much better, with a record of 5-3.
The White Sox on the other hand, swung the bat with ease on Wednesday. First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Todd Frazier got the early lead for the South Siders in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back RBI doubles. Abreu would leave the game in the fifth inning, though, after straining his groin attempting to field a soft grounder to first base.
After KC tied the game with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Sox OF Avisail Garcia quickly responded with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. His fellow outfielder, Leury Garcia, smashed a home run of his own in the seventh, pushing the lead to 5-2. They would win by that mark.
The Royals next contest will be at home against the Twins on Friday, first pitch at 7:15 p.m. CT. After a three-game tilt with the Twins, they will face these same White Sox in a four-game set, but this time on their home turf.