Jeremy Guthrie struck out nine and gave up one run in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a two-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Thursday afternoon.
Guthrie (1-0) scattered five hits and walked one for Kansas City, which took its first lead of the season with three runs in the fifth inning and made it stick.
Chicago right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-1) gave up four hits and two runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Royals catcher Chris Getz singled home Jeff Francoeur in the fifth.
Gordon Beckham was 4 for 4 for Chicago, matching a career high set on May 12, 2012, at Minnesota.
Greg Holland worked the ninth for his first save.
The Royals scored three runs after the first out in the fifth. First baseman Eric Hosmer walked, advanced to third on Francoeur's single to right and scored when center fielder Jarrod Dyson grounded out.
Francoeur advanced to second on the play and came home with on Chris Getz's si...