CHICAGO, May 24 Lamarr Hoyt increased his winning streak to 14 straight games over two seasons and became the major leagues' first nine-game winner by pitching an eight-hitter and leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals tonight.
Hoyt, lowering his earned run average to 1.45, struck out eight and walked one. He is three victories short of the American League record for consecutive victories over two seasons, held by Johnny Allen of Cleveland and Dave McNally of Baltimore. The major league record of 24 straight victories was set by Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants in 1936-37.
Hoyt has won 16 games without a loss in Comiskey Park, and has a 27-6 record in the major leagues.
In Hoyt's five previous starts this year, Chicago had scored 52 runs. "We wanted to see how good he was," said Tom Paciorek, who hit a two-run single in the sixth.
Hoyt said he hasn't minded the tag of being "lucky" but said pitching in a tight game did not bother him.
Asked if the victory vindicated him, Hoyt said, "To a point, yes; to myself, no."
Kansas City Manager Dick Howser said Hoyt's "not invincible but he's good. I really like the way he goes after the hitters. He attacks the hitters. You have to give him credit. He really has a good idea of what he's doing."
Hoyt and loser Paul Splittorff (2-4) had not yielded a run until the White Sox scored three in the sixth.
Splittorff had retired 13 in a row when Bill Almon opened the inning with a single and stole second. Tony Bernazard singled and Steve Kemp walked before Greg Luzinski singled to left to score Almon. Paciorek scored two more with his single.