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SOX AT ROYALS

The facts: 1:10 p.m., CSN, ­670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The starters: Jose Quintana
(3-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18).

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Updated: July 23, 2013 6:21AM



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Like a cool, refreshing rainstorm on a hot summer night, the runs and hits fell — refreshingly and unexpectedly — on the White Sox on Friday night at steamy Kauffman Stadium.

The Sox banged out 11 hits to clobber the Royals 9-1, stopping a three-game skid and winning for only the second time in the last nine games. Laughers have been rare for a team that has had 56 of its 71 games decided by three runs or fewer, and this one was the Sox’ largest margin of victory this season.

“This isn’t what we expect every day, but it’s what this offense is capable of doing,’’ Adam Dunn said. “For it to happen against two guys who have had our number, just look around the clubhouse. Kind of a sigh of relief from everybody. Hopefully, it’s a sign of good things to come.’’

The Royals’ first pitching victim was none other than Jeremy Guthrie, who had allowed two earned runs over his last six starts against the Sox. Guthrie walked three in the first and couldn’t finish the third inning after giving up six runs and five hits. Bruce Chen, another Sox nemesis, gave up a three-run home run to Dayan Viciedo in the third and a two-run blast to Alejandro De Aza in the sixth.

“It was like exorcizing some kind of curse or something,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.

Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03 ERA) gave up one run, three hits and one walk in a career-high eight innings. He fanned five and extended his streak of unearned runs against the Royals to 16 innings before Eric Hosmer homered in the sixth.

Alex Rios had two doubles, Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Paul Konerko and Dunn were each 1-for-3 with a single. Dunn is batting .326 over his last 12 games, and Konerko is 8-for-15 over his last four.

Omogrosso returns

Righty Brian Omogrosso was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, a day after righty Deunte Heath was sent down. Omogrosso, 29, is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA with the Sox. He was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA at Class AAA. This weekend, Charlotte is playing at Indianapolis, where Omogrosso’s wife and her family are from. They were getting ready to watch him play there.

“I called her and told her, and she’s like, ‘That stinks that you’re not going . . . actually, I take that back. We’re good.’ It works out.’’

Wise back to DL

Dewayne Wise was returned to the disabled list with a strained right oblique. Wise was on a rehab assignment at Charlotte for a hamstring injury.



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