White Sox pound Royals in series opener

Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza hits a two-run home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Bruce Chen during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza hits a two-run home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Bruce Chen during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hector Santiago shut down the Royals’ punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the Chicago White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a 9-1 rout Friday night.

Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game skid with their best offensive output in nearly two weeks.

They scored twice in the first inning and five times in the third, when they chased Guthrie (7-5) from the game. De Aza’s homer came off reliever Bruce Chen in the sixth.

Most of that offense turned out to be moot the way Santiago (3-5) was pitching.

The left-hander gave up just three hits and a walk, and Eric Hosmer’s homer in the sixth represented the only run Santiago has allowed to the Royals in 19 1-3 career innings.

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