Given all their trouble against the Royals, it’s fair to say the White Sox are enjoying this.
Adam Dunn homered, and Chicago went deep four times to back a solid outing by Jake Peavy in a 5-2 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday in Chicago.
Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexi Ramirez also connected, and the White Sox made it two straight wins to start the season after dropping 12 of 18 to Kansas City a year ago.
Peavy (1-0) allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings, striking out six and walking none.
Dunn had two hits and scored twice. He led off the second with his 407th home run – tying Duke Snider for 48th place on the career list – and Flowers opened the third with his second shot.
Viciedo made up for his gaffes in left field with a big swing in the fourth, hitting a two-run drive that made it 4-1.
The Royals scored a run in the sixth and loaded the bases against the Chicago bullpen in the seventh, only to come away empty-handed. Ramirez got the lead back up to 5-2 with a drive leading off the bottom half off Luke Hochevar, and the White Sox hung on from there.
Peavy did his part, outpitching Ervin Santana (0-1) after Chris Sale shut down the Royals in a 1-0 victory Monday in the opener.
Five relievers worked for the Sox, with Addison Reed working the ninth for his second save.
Pirates 3, Cubs 0: Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2/3 innings in Pittsburgh.
Andrew McCutchen smacked an RBI double for the Pirates. Starling Marte and Gaby Sanchez each drove in a run, more than enough for Rodriguez on a frigid night.
Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his first save. Rodriguez struck out six and walked one in a continuation of his strong spring.
Edwin Jackson gave up two runs in five innings, but lost to the Pirates for the first time in seven career starts. The Cubs produced just two singles and only put a runner on third once.