Ask any White Sox fan their expected result from a game in which Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen appear and no-hitter would top the list of responses. For years, Chen has tormented the team from the South Side and last season Guthrie appeared out of nowhere to surpass his teammate in his dominance of the White Sox. But on Friday night the White Sox offense, a group that has struggled as much as any in team history over the last 50 seasons, unloaded on the pair and perhaps exorcised a few demons in a 9-1 win at Kauffman Stadium, their largest margin of victory of the year. The win -- the team’s sixth in its last 23 games -- snapped a three-game losing streak and improved the team’s record to 2-6 on its current road trip. The fact that it came against Guthrie and Chen didn’t go unnoticed. “It’s like you’re exorcizing some kind of curse or something,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It was good.” It was cleansing. Last season, Guthrie and Chen combined to go 6-1 against the White Sox in nine starts. The two started a pair of mid-September games in Kansas City that sent the White Sox into a 2-10 tailspin in which they finally fell out of first place. The offense jumped all over Guthrie in the first inning after Alejandro De Aza opened the game with a nine-pitch walk. Alexei Ramirez then doubled and Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko drew consecutive walks to push across the first run. Conor Gillaspie’s sac fly made it 2-0 and the White Sox didn’t look back. “(Guthrie) has always had good outings against us and he’s a good pitcher,” Ramirez said through a translator. “But today we took advantage of him not throwing as many strikes.” Did they ever. The White Sox matched a season-high when they scored five more times in the third inning to end Guthrie’s night. Alex Rios and Dunn each drove in a run and Dayan Viciedo blasted a three-run homer off Chen to make it 7-0.
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