Perhaps it was payback time for the White Sox.
Jeremy Guthrie had made a regular practice of baffling the Chicago club since he began pitching for Kansas City. Until Friday night, that is. The White Sox chased him in the third inning on the way to a 9-1 rout of the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
The White Sox snapped a three-game spin and gave the Royals a third straight loss as a robust crowd of 33,830 looked forward to the postgame fireworks.
Since joining the Royals last year, Guthrie was 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six starts against the White Sox. He beat them twice this year, including his first career shutout on May 4.
But this time Guthrie was in trouble from the moment he walked Alejandro De Aza to start the game. He gave up two runs in that inning. And, in the third, the White Sox got two more on singles by Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie and Alex Rios' double.
So manager Ned Yost promptly switched from Guthrie to left-hander Bruce Chen. That immediately went wrong as Dayan Viciedo powered a three-run homer to left field, putting the White Sox ahead 7-0.
The 2 1/3 innings marked the shortest outing by a Royals starter this season (3 2/3 by Wade Davis on April 24 was the previous low). It was also Guthrie's quickest exit as a Royal. He was charged with six runs on five hits and three walks.
Chen also gave up a two-run homer to De Aza in the sixth inning for a 9-0 count.
Left-hander Hector Santiago, meanwhile, was doing what he'd always done against the Royals -- holding them scoreless. He came into this game with a history of 11 1/3 shutout innings against them in a total of eight games -- seven relief appearances and one start.
He completely baffled them again for 5 2/3 innings until Eric Hosmer teed off on a home run to deep right-center field. It was Hosmer's third homer of the season. Santiago allowed one run on three hits over eight innings, striking out five and walking one.