"It was a good first inning," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, "and I think the approach all night, and against those two guys, having Guthrie and Chen in there at the same time, as tough as they've been on us, you're exorcising some curse or something. It was good."
Indeed, Guthrie's poor night was especially puzzling given his success against the White Sox. Since joining the Royals last year, the right-hander had been 3-0 in six starts against their AL Central rivals, giving up just two earned runs in 44 2-3 innings.
Guthrie had given up that many Friday night before escaping the first inning.
"He's got tremendous stuff, period. I think we did a nice job of making him get it over the plate," Dunn said. "We weren't swinging at pitches he normally gets us to swing at."
The nine runs were the most that the Royals' stingy pitching staff had allowed since an 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees on May 10, and the most runs the White Sox had scored since beating the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on June 10.
"Guthrie has been getting us in every game, even from last year, but putting up those crooked numbers was nice," Santiago said. "Takes a little pressure off the offense — he's going to want to get ahead and they're probably going to get better pitches to hit."
Everyone in the White Sox starting lineup except Tyler Flowers had a hit.
"We got beat up pretty good tonight," Yost said. "It wasn't a game that we gave away."
NOTES: The White Sox recalled RHP Brian Omogross from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. ... Major League Baseball announced the Royals will make up their May 2 game against Tampa Bay that was snowed out on Aug. 26 at Kauffman Stadium. The first pitch will be at 1:10 p.m. CT. ... LHP Jose Quintana takes the mound Saturday against Royals RHP Wade Davis.