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Sox Turn on the Power

April 3 vs. Kansas City


Today's Game Rating:
4 stars
One star for each of the home runs that left the yard. Would have been five if not for the three errors in left field.

Short Take: Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez club home runs in a 5-2 takedown of the Royals.

We are two games into the 2013 season and the White Sox already have one major problem: They are hitting too many home runs! Can't they score in other ways?

That's a complaint we can save for another day because home run power has carried the Sox to a 2-0 start. Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez each went deep Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over those pesky Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

Dunn opened the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off Kansas City loser Ervin Santana (0-1). Flowers hit his blast in the third. Viciedo added a two-run homer in the fourth, and Ramirez capped the scoring with a solo shot in the seventh.

The home runs made a winner of Jake Peavy (1-0), who allowed just two runs (one earned) over six innings. He struck out six, walked none and threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 23 batters he faced. Like most any pitcher, Peavy is at his best when he is working ahead of hitters. That was the case in Wednesday's game.

The only Sox negative? Well, that would be the defense in left field. Viciedo made two defensive miscues in the top of the third that cost Peavy a run. He crashed into Ramirez, causing the Sox shortstop to drop a shallow pop fly off the bat of Chris Getz. Two batters later, Viciedo let Alcides Escobar's single get past him, and Getz scored all the way from first base.

To Viciedo's credit, his home run the following inning got that run back (plus one) to give the Sox a 4-1 edge. The Royals nicked Peavy for a run in the sixth, and the Sox right-hander left the game with a 4-2 lead after throwing 107 pitches.

Jesse Crain relieved in the seventh, and once again, bad defense in left field reared its ugly head. Defensive replacement Dewayne Wise dropped a Eric Hosmer fly ball for a two-base error. Lorenzo Cain singled, and suddenly, Kansas City had runners at the corners with nobody out.

That's when the Sox bullpen got tough. Crain struck out Jeff Francoeur for the first out. Donnie Veal relieved and issued a walk to load the bases with one out, but he then got Alex Gordon to fly out to shallow left. No Kansas City runner was able to advance. Matt Lindstrom came on to make his Sox debut and induced Escobar to fly harmlessly to right to end the threat.

Lindstrom got the first out of the eighth before Matt Thornton came in to record two more outs. Addison Reed worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.

The Sox will go for the sweep Thursday afternoon. Gavin Floyd will make his season debut for the South Siders. Kansas City will counter with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who was a Sox nemesis a year ago. The game begins at 1:10 and you can watch it all on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
STONE: Strong starting pitching and clutch bullpen work will always get a big THUMBS UP from me. HAWK: I'll tell you what Stone Pony, the key to this game was holding Salvador Perez in check. YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD, YES! THUMBS UP!


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