KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — John Danks threw a seven-hitter and Adam Eaton matched his career high with four hits, including a three-run homer, as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 12-1 Friday night.
Alexei Ramirez also had four hits — tying his career high — drove in two runs and scored three times. Tyler Flowers also hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Eaton went back-to-back with Jose Abreu, his 25th, in a five-run eighth off Jeremy Guthrie.
Danks (7-12), who snapped a personal four-game losing streak, owns a 10-2 record in 21 career starts against the Royals. Three of his seven victories this season are over the AL Central-leading Royals.
After scoring 27 runs and notching 34 hits in crushing Detroit the previous two games, the Royals managed just seven hits off Danks.
The White Sox scored three runs in the first off Kris Medlen (3-1), with Ramirez contributing a two-run single. Avisail Garcia singled home Jose Abreu with the first run of the inning.
Medlen, who had allowed just six runs and nine hits over 11 1-3 innings in his first two starts, was roughed up for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
The Royals avoided a shutout when Kendrys Morales’ sacrifice fly in the ninth scored Alcides Escobar.
Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas (hamstring strain) was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game. . RHP Kelvin Herrera and OF Alex Rios worked out in the morning at Kauffman Stadium for the first time since contracting chickenpox. They left before the rest of the team arrived.
White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana has a 5.63 ERA in four no-decisions against the Royals this season.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA in his past 11 starts after going 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA in his first 10 starts.