The Kansas City Royals enter May with a clean slate after losing nine consecutive games in April. They defeated the White Sox 6-1 on Monday night and have a chance to start a winning streak of their own.
Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run homer after a double from Alex Gordon to put the Royals ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Salvador Perez followed with a single in the fifth that struck the third base bag and scored Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas with two outs. Later on, in the seventh inning, Hosmer crushed a two-run homer, ending the night for White Sox pitcher Dylan Covey. In his longest major league outing, Covey was charged with six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Lefty Jason Vargas gave up only one run and three walks over six innings. His record improves to 4-1 with an impressive 1.42 ERA. The bullpen finished the job, as Peter Moylan, Joakim Soria, and Scott Alexander worked three hitless innings, striking out five batters.
The Royals will look to build on a strong offensive performance when Danny Duffy takes the mound Tuesday against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.