Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, center, waits for pitching coach Don Cooper and a mound meeting during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored a run and stole a base in Jason Vargas' first start in 14 months, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Vargas, who was making his first start in 423 days after having Tommy John surgery on August 5, 2015, gave up a first-inning run on Melky Cabrera's RBI single, but retired eight of the last nine batters he faced.
Vargas was pulled after 52 pitches and three innings. Dillon Gee (7-8) replaced Vargas and held the White Sox to one run and five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
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Dyson, who is 10 for 15 off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez (4-7), singled to lead off the first, advanced to second on Whit Merrifield's bunt single, stole second and scored on Kendrys Morales' sacrifice fly.