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Updated: May 21, 2014 11:09PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For Jose Quintana, it was another case of poor run support.

The White Sox once again had little to offer offensively for their left-hander on a night when Quintana pitched a solid game. Quintana exited Wednesday’s game with the score tied at one in the eighth inning, but suffered the loss after the Royals scored two to secure a 3-1 victory.

It marked the 25th time in 64 career starts that Quintana has received one run or less from the Sox lineup.

“The other pitcher is good, too,’’ said Quintana, who watched Jeremy Guthrie hold his teammates to three hits over seven innings. “I have a really hard game with me every time. But I like to compete and I think one time that will change. Yeah, maybe next time is better for me.’’

Quintana (2-4, 3.67 ERA) has received 15 runs over his last eight starts.

“No, I don’t get frustrated because I don’t have control over that,’’ he said. “The only thing I can control is throwing good games, and that’s it.’’

The victory for Kansas City allowed the Royals to avoid a three-game series sweep and left the Sox (23-25) with a 4-5 record on a road trip that also went through Oakland and Houston.

After Quintana gave up a one-out bunt single in the eighth inning to Nori Aoki -- the first time Aoki has ever bunted with two strikes, he said -- Alcides Escobor doubled and Quintana intentionally walked Eric Hosmer to load the bases and set up a double play. But the Royals (23-23) went ahead on Billy Butler’s sacrifice fly off reliever Jake Petricka, who then walked two batters in a row to force in the Royals’ third run. Petricka pitched in all three games of the series.

Paul Konerko scored Alexei Ramirez (fielder’s choice, stolen base) with a single to center field in the second to give the Sox a 1-0 lead against Guthrie in the second inning. The Royals tied it in the third on Aoki’s single to left field that scored Pedro Ciriaco.

“We swung the bats the last couple of nights,’’ Konerko said. “I don’t know if it was our A game. We tried to battle and get some guys on and we just couldn’t get anything going. He has a good sinker so that can kind of defuse some innings, he gets double plays

“Q pitched out of a couple big spots and those are hopefully the spots where it gives us the energy and we come out and score some runs and we just didn’t do that.’’

Wade Davis (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win.

The Sox will designate reliever Frank Francisco for assignment to make room on the roster for Chris Sale, who returns from the disabled list to start against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday night. Scott Carroll goes to the bullpen after making five starts since he was called up from AAA Charlotte.

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