Lorenzo Cain had a two-run double to highlight a five-run first inning, Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the sixth inning, and the Royals extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday in Chicago.
Guthrie (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap an 11-game winless streak. Guthrie’s last win was on April 9, against Tampa Bay.
The Royals’ Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler each had two RBIs, including run-scoring singles in the first inning.
Jose Quintana (3-7) never recovered from the slow start, allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings.
Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the White Sox.
Cubs 2, Phillies 1: Jake Arrieta threw seven impressive innings, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer, and the Cubs beat the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Arrieta (2-1) allowed two hits and no runs, tying a career high with nine strikeouts. He didn’t give up a hit until Domonic Brown sliced a double just inside the left field line with one out in the fifth.
The Phillies were seeking their first four-game winning streak since last June 2-6.
Cardinals 1, Nationals 0: Lance Lynn threw eight innings of two-hit ball, and Matt Adams homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Nationals in St. Louis.
Lynn (7-4) retired his first 16 batters, and struck out eight with no walks against the National League East leaders.
, who had won 10 of 13.
Zimmermann (5-3) gave up three hits, two of them by Adams, in eight innings. He is 0-5 against the Cardinals and 0-2 against the Pirates, the only two NL teams he hasn’t beaten.