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White Sox 7, Royals 5: Turning the tables at Kauffman

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After getting swept in the first two series in Kansas City, White Sox jump on Johnny Cueto to complete sweep of their own

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Bullet point recap:

*The White Sox swept the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, and sealed the deal by beating a bad pitching matchup on paper. The Sox jumped on Johnny Cueto for three first-inning runs and five over three innings, while Erik Johnson turned in a quality start in his first MLB start this season for the victory.

*Cueto, who already had been struggling for the Royals, turned in his shortest start of the season. He allowed three runs before recording his first out (the first five Sox reached), and the Sox tacked on two more in the third, which turned out to be his last inning of work.

*Johnson only gave up five hits over six innings, but three of those were solo homers. Sal Perez took him out to right in the second inning, and Jarrod Dyson and Mike Moustakas added solo shots in the sixth inning to make a game out of it.

*Jake Petricka further narrowed the gap by allowing a hit and an HBP to the only two batters he faced in the seventh, and both came around to score on Matt Albers' watch to make it a 6-5 game.

*Zach Duke steadied the game by striking out the side in the eighth inning, and David Robertson came back from a lucky lineout with a couple soft outs to second base for his 29th save.

*Adam Eaton hit his 12th homer of the year, turning on a 2-2 slider from Chris Young and hitting it out to right center. He also added an insurance run by leading off the ninth with a double, then scoring on a groundout and a Jose Abreu sac fly.

*Mike Olt made his White Sox debut, striking out twice and then singling twice.

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