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Royals hold off White Sox in series opener
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KC beats Chicago, 3-2. - photo by

KANSAS CITY— Right-hander Edinson Volquez gave up just four hits and one run over seven innings, and Lorenzo Cain doubled, tripled and drove in the go-ahead run as the Royals held off the White Sox, 3-2, on Friday night in front of 36,211 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez outdueled White Sox lefty John Danks, who came into the game with a 9-1 career mark against the Royals. Volquez walked two and struck out three.

“That was pretty good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Volquez. “Volky’s been really, really good for us here all year long, but especially his last three or four starts, he’s been excellent. He was excellent tonight again.”

Danks gave up just one hit through four innings and had retired 11straight until giving up a walk and a double in the fifth. Danks went six innings, surrendering five hits and three runs.

“I made a couple of mistakes that I got burned with,” Danks said. “Overall, I felt like it was a good day. I just got outpitched by a pretty good pitcher himself.”