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Strong pitching is one reason why the Kansas City Royals are among the best home teams in the AL this season.

That's been the case against the Chicago White Sox for much longer than that.

The Royals are hoping Wade Davis can draw some inspiration from a record-setting performance from Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday, when they try to beat the White Sox for the seventh time in eight games at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City (16-10) is 9-4 at home, and the staff's 3.15 ERA is among the lowest in the league.

The Royals have won 12 of 16 when hosting Chicago (12-16), and the pitchers have been vital over the last seven meetings with a 1.43 ERA.

Guthrie silenced the White Sox's bats again in the opener of this three-game series Saturday, tossing a four-hitter in a 2-0 win as he set a team record by going unbeaten in 17 straight starts.

Kansas City, though, was limited to eight hits Saturday after collecting 29 and scoring 17 runs in a rain-shortened two-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Davis (2-2, 5.55 ERA) may need another big effort from the offense.

The right-hander turned in one of the worst performances of his career during Monday's 9-0 loss to Cleveland. He matched his career high by surrendering eight runs with 12 hits - two homers - and three walks before getting pulled with two outs in the fifth.

"I made some bad decisions and didn't execute," said Davis, who was tagged for seven runs with four walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Detroit five days prior.

Davis, though, has found success against the White Sox, going 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven games. The most recent of his four starts was a victory with Tampa Bay on April 20, 2011, when he yielded one run in seven innings.

Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with a .326 average, going 5 for 13 with two triples and five RBIs over the last three games. He's hitting .393 in seven home meetings with Chicago after his two-run triple in the first inning proved to be enough Saturday.

Eric Hosmer has also pounded the White Sox at Kauffman, batting .379 in 16 matchups - going 9 for 22 in the past six.

The White Sox have lost nine of 14 on the road, batting .238 and averaging 3.5 runs in those games. Of their four hits Saturday, only Paul Konerko's single and double came prior to the eighth inning.

The first baseman, though, is hitting .180 with three homers and six RBIs over his last 15 visits to Kansas City.

Scheduled starter Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.58) will try to rebound from his worst outing since his season debut. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits, including homers on consecutive pitches in the fourth, over five innings before leaving without a decision in a 10-6 loss at Texas on Tuesday.

He had been 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his three previous starts.

Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts against Kansas City, all coming as a rookie last year.

Cain and Hosmer are a combined 3 for 17 off Quintana, but Mike Moustakas has four hits in nine at-bats with two homers, while Jeff Francoeur is 5 for 6 with a solo homer and three walks.

Tagged: White Sox, Royals, Wade Davis

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