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      Jeremy Guthrie has a strong start in the Royals' 3-1 win

      Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night to avoid being swept in their three-game series.



      The White Sox had scored 14 runs and hit five home runs in the first two games.



      Guthrie, who is winless in seven starts since an April 9 victory over Tampa Bay, left after seven innings with the score 1-1.

      He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two.



      Wade Davis (3-1) struck out two in a flawless eighth and has tossed 10 scoreless innings in his last nine appearances.

      Greg Holland logged his 13th save in 14 chances, but not before giving up a single to Dayan Viciedo and walking Adam Dunn in the ninth.



      Left-hander Jose Quintana (2-4) gave up three runs on eight hits over 7 1-3 innings for Chicago.

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