Jeremy Guthrie struck out nine and gave up one run in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a two-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Thursday afternoon.
Guthrie (1-0) scattered five hits and walked one for Kansas City, which took its first lead of the season with three runs in the fifth inning and made it stick.
Chicago right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-1) gave up four hits and two runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Royals catcher Chris Getz singled home Jeff Francoeur in the fifth.
Gordon Beckham was 4 for 4 for Chicago, matching a career high set on May 12, 2012, at Minnesota.
Kansas City reliever Greg Holland worked the ninth for his first save.