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White Sox go deep five times to topple Royals

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KANSAS CITY -- Kauffman Stadium has historically been known as a tough place to hit home runs, but you wouldn't know it by what Matt Davidson and the White Sox have done in Kansas City's home ballpark this year.

In Chicago's 6-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night, the White Sox pounded five homers through 5 2/3 innings off right-hander Jakob Junis, including two by Davidson.

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KANSAS CITY -- Kauffman Stadium has historically been known as a tough place to hit home runs, but you wouldn't know it by what Matt Davidson and the White Sox have done in Kansas City's home ballpark this year.

In Chicago's 6-3 win over the Royals on Thursday night, the White Sox pounded five homers through 5 2/3 innings off right-hander Jakob Junis, including two by Davidson.

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Davidson, who hadn't homered since April 11 prior to Thursday, said he worked on some adjustments before the series opener.

"Just trying not to drop my barrel as much," Davidson said. "It translated right away."

Davidson's second homer was a 450-foot blast, as projected by Statcast™. It was a two-run shot after the first four Chicago homers had been solo shots.

Video: CWS@KC: Davidson on two homers in a big 6-3 win

Five of Davidson's seven homers this year have come at Kauffman. He had a three-homer game on Opening Day, when the White Sox launched six home runs.

Chicago, 6-16, has gone 3-0 at Kauffman with a combined 12 homers. Go figure.

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, 1-3, benefited from all the Kauffman power. Staked to an early 3-0 lead, Giolito kept his club in front before turning it over to the bullpen.

"Love to see that [home run barrage]," Giolito said. "Guys are hitting home runs left and right and I'm ready to get back out there and put another zero on the board."

Video: CWS@KC: Giolito leaves runners at first and second

Yoan Moncada set the tone by leading off the game with a homer to right. It was Moncada's second leadoff homer in two days, making him just the fourth White Sox player to accomplish that feat. The others were Kenny Lofton in 2002, Alejandro De Aza in 2013 and Adam Eaton in 2015.

Video: Moncada hits leadoff homer in back-to-back games

Welington Castillo and Trayce Thompson also hit solo shots off Junis, who became the third Royals pitcher to allow five homers in a game. Chris Young was tagged for five homers in a 2016 game and Sean O'Sullivan suffered through a five-homer game in 2011.

"I trust my swing," Davidson said. "When I make good contact, I can probably get out of any park. Making hard contact is something I'm focused on. I'll let the rest take care of itself."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The White Sox had the defense to go with the power on Thursday. Shortstop Tim Anderson charged hard on an Alcides Escobar grounder and threw out Ryan Goins at the plate when the White Sox had a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Anderson also turned an acrobatic 6-3 double play in the third.

Video: CWS@KC: Anderson charges grounder, throws out Goins

"We had a couple of nice plays with Tim Anderson in the middle of the diamond," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

Video: CWS@KC: Anderson tags out Escobar, throws to first

SOUND SMART
Davidson is hitting .600 (6-for-10) with five homers and nine RBIs over three games this season at Kauffman. He became the first White Sox player with multiple home run games at Kauffman in the same season since Jose Valentin in 2003.

Video: CWS@KC: Davidson hits two homers on the road

UP NEXT
Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.50 ERA) looks to keep up his encouraging work when he faces the Royals in the second game of the series Friday at 7:15 p.m. CT. Lopez is second in the American League in opponents' average (.150) and fifth in ERA. He'll face Royals lefty Danny Duffy, who was roughed up by Chicago on Opening Day in a 14-7 White Sox win.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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