Quintana throws 7 shutout innings; White Sox beat Royals 6-1

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings and Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Saturday night.

Quintana (8-10) defeated the Royals for the first time in 17 career starts after losing his first six decisions.

Quintana, who is 4-1 in nine starts since July 24, yielded five doubles – including two to Kendrys Morales. He struck out four and walked none.

Ramirez homered – his eighth hit in nine at-bats – in the fourth inning with Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia aboard. Ramirez was down in the count 1-2 before parking a Danny Duffy curveball over the left-center wall.

Geovany Soto hit a solo homer in the seventh, his fifth home run in 21 games

Duffy (7-7) was pulled after seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking two.

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