Royals outlast White Sox in 10th after mid-game melee
Hunter Dozier homered to lead off the 10th inning, and the visiting Kansas City Royals posted a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon in a game that featured a benches-clearing melee.After his RBI single in the seventh gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead, Dozier launched a 2-0 inside fastball from Nate Jones (0-1) over the wall in left field for his fifth homer of the season.Chicago's Tim Anderson punctuated his two-run homer off Kansas City starter Brad Keller in the fourth inning by emphatically tossing his bat, a decision that may have led to fireworks in his next at-bat.Keller drilled Anderson in the backside on the first pitch to lead off the sixth inning, resulting in both benches and bullpens rushing the field. Keller, Anderson, White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum were ejected after order was restored.Dozier's blast made a winner out of Wily Peralta (2-1), who allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Scott Barlow worked around a two-out walk in the 10th for his first career save with the Royals, who recorded their first road victory of the season and have won four of six overall.Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and third baseman Yoan Moncada exited the contest due to injury for the White Sox, who saw their three-game winning streak halted and fell to 3-6 at home this season.
Royals' Keller, White Sox's Anderson ejected after HBP
Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson were ejected in the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon after the former hit the latter with a pitch.Two innings earlier, Anderson deposited a 3-2 fastball from Keller over the wall in left field for a two-run homer. Anderson punctuated the blast by emphatically tossing his bat, a decision that may have led to fireworks in his next at-bat.Keller drilled Anderson in the backside on the first pitch to lead off the sixth, resulting in members of both teams rushing the field.
Moncada's 2-homer night sparks White Sox past Royals
Yoan Moncada homered twice Tuesday night, and Reynaldo Lopez pitched six effective innings for his first win of the season as the host Chicago White Sox stopped the Kansas City Royals 5-1.Lopez (1-2), who entered the game with a 12.15 ERA, permitted five hits and a run in his 104-pitch stint. He issued two walks and struck out five. Four relievers obtained the final nine outs as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and clinched a victory in the three-game series that concludes Wednesday.Jorge Lopez (0-2) fanned 10 and walked two over six innings for Kansas City, but he couldn't keep the ball in the yard, allowing three homers among his eight hits. Lopez was touched for four runs.The Royals initiated the scoring in the second when Lucas Duda launched his second homer of the year to right field. That lead lasted until the third, when Moncada cracked his first long ball of the night, taking an outside fastball the other way to left-center.Leury Garcia snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Jorge Lopez made a mistake with an 0-2 changeup, leaving it over the middle above the knees. Garcia drilled his first homer of the year with Yolmer Sanchez aboard, and Moncada followed it by jacking a hanging curve over the wall in right for his fifth homer of the year.
Castillo's 8th-inning blast lifts White Sox over Royals
Welington Castillo drilled a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Chicago bullpen delivered four innings of one-run relief to lift the host White Sox to a 5-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.Castillo's opposite-field drive to right field snapped an 0-for-23 skid and followed a leadoff double from Tim Anderson, who went 3-for-4 and remains the leading hitter in the majors with a .453 batting average.Anderson has six multi-hit games among the seven contests he has played at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.Alex Colome worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth, striking out two to earn his fourth save in as many chances and end the Royals' three-game winning streak.Kansas City opened the scoring by rallying for three second-inning runs against White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana, who again proved susceptible to the long ball. Hunter Dozier homered to center field on the first pitch of the inning before Chris Owings hit a two-run home run to right-center three batters later.Dozier and Owings both had two hits.Santana pitched five innings and took a no-decision, spacing three runs, six hits, three strikeouts and three walks over five innings. He allowed three home runs and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his team debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 9. He.
Royals hang on to beat Indians, earn three-game sweep
Hunter Dozier's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Terrance Gore to give Kansas City a 9-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving the Royals a three-game series sweep.Gore, pinch-running for Ryan O'Hearn who drew a lead-off walk off Brad Hand (0-1), stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Roberto Perez. Wily Peralta (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory as Kansas City earned its first walk-off victory of the season.The Indians had not been swept in a road series of at least three games since May of last year at the New York Yankees.The Royals chased Corey Kluber after 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed 11 of the 18 batters he faced to reach base safely.Kluber gave up six runs on six hits and a career-most five walks. He threw 89 pitches, with barely more than half (45) of them for strikes. The five walks doubled Kluber's season total. He didn't walk more than three batters in any game in 2018, and he walked three only once.Royals starter Jakob Junis battled through 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, but three of those runs were to the first four batters. Leonys Martin led off the first with a home run to right center. It was the second time in five days that Martin had homered to lead off a game. Tyler Naquin then drove in Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Santana with a two-run single.The Royals got to Kluber in the second. Lucas Duda hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field. With two outs, Whit Merrifield hit a home run to right, giving the Royals a 4-3 lead.The four runs were the most the Royals have scored off Kluber since August 2, 2012, when they scored six in the first in Kansas City. It was also the first time since that game that the Royals had hit two home runs off Kluber in the same inning (Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer).
Royals shut out Indians behind Bailey
Homer Bailey threw seven sterling innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. The Royals won back-to-back games after snapping a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 win on Friday.Bailey entered the game with just one win in his last 22 home starts, compiling a 1-14 record with a 7.49 ERA over that span. He had not won in an American League ballpark since May 19, 2012, when he was victorious at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.Bailey gave up only a single and a double to the No. 8 hitter Brad Miller. He threw 102 pitches. Bailey allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings Monday vs. Seattle in his previous start.It's one of his best statistical starts since suffering a series of injuries beginning near the end of 2014. He pitched no-hitters in 2012 (Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh) and 2013 (July 2 vs. San Francisco).Wily Peralta pitched a perfect ninth for his first save in two chances.The Royals scored in the bottom of the third after Martin Maldonado snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a double to left-center. He moved to third on a flyout to left and scored on Adalberto Mondesi's two-out single.
Royals score 6 in 1st, crush Indians
The Kansas City Royals hit for the cycle their first time through the order and grabbed their biggest lead of the season in a six-run first inning en route to an 8-1 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday night. The Royals snapped a 10-game losing streak with the win.Brad Keller (2-1) gave up one run on three hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings, with a career-high 10 strikeouts. He now has pitched at least six innings in nine straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors. Keller's 118 pitches were the most thrown by a Royals starter since James Shields threw 124 on July 29, 2014.Alex Gordon had four hits, including three extra-base hits, and three RBIs for the Royals.The six runs were the most the Royals have scored in one inning this season, and the most runs they scored in the first inning since May 8, 2018, when they scored 10 runs in Baltimore.Whit Merrifield, whose 31-game hitting streak was snapped on Thursday, led off the first with a single. He scored on Adalberto Mondesi's triple, and Mondesi scored on Gordon's home run. After a walk and two more singles, Chris Owings ripped a double down the left-field line for the team cycle in the first.Carlos Carrasco (1-2) took the loss for the Indians. He gave up six runs on six hits in just 2/3 of an inning.
Haniger's homer lifts MLB-best M's over Royals
Mitch Haniger's two-out, solo home run in the top of the ninth inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night as the Mariners extended baseball's best record to 12-2 with their fifth straight win.The Royals (2-9) have lost nine straight.Anthony Swarzak (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Seattle. The Royals loaded the bases against Roenis Elias in the ninth before Adalberto Mondesi popped out to shortstop to end the game.Brad Boxberger (0-2) took the loss for Kansas City.Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 31 games with an RBI bunt single in the seventh, which tied the game at the time. He passed Hall of Famer George Brett for the longest hitting streak in Royals history and the streak is now tied for the 26th longest in major league history.The Mariners became the second team since 1908 (2002 Cleveland Indians) to homer in each of their first 14 games. They now have scored five or more runs in 13 of their 14 games this season. Their 34 home runs through 14 games match the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history.Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi pitched well but took a no-decision. He gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, retiring Merrifield all three times he faced him. He retired the last 10 batters he faced after Jorge Soler hit the second of two home runs Kikuchi surrendered.Seattle's Jay Bruce was replaced by pinch hitter Domingo Santana in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left Achilles.Both teams scored in the first inning in very similar ways -- with two-out hits followed by RBI singles. Edwin Encarnacion knocked in Bruce for Seattle, while Soler drove in Mondesi for the Royals.
Merrifield's streak ends in Royals' loss to Mariners
Daniel Vogelbach homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Thursday.The Royals led 6-4 and were within one out of snapping their nine-game losing streak, but Mitch Haniger tripled off the wall in center to drive in the tying runs.Kansas City not only lost its 10th straight, it may have lost center fielder Billy Hamilton to an injury. He collided with the wall on Haniger's triple and left the field on a cart.The Royals' losing streak goes on, but Whit Merrifield's franchise-record hitting streak was snapped at 31 games after an 0-for-6 day.Brandon Brennan (1-0) pitched the ninth for his first career win for Seattle. Connor Sadzeck picked up his first career save. Glenn Sparkman (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City.When Dee Gordon homered off starter Jorge Lopez in the sixth, the Mariners set the major league record with a home run in each of their first 15 games, surpassing the 2002 Cleveland Indians. Their 36 home runs through 15 games are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history. They've scored at least five runs in 14 of 15 games.For the second straight game, the Royals got home runs from Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler.Dozier led off the second with a home run into the fountains in left center that traveled 411 feet.In the third, Alex Gordon ripped a two-out double down the left-field line before Soler launched a 424-foot blast to right center.The 3-0 lead was the largest lead for the Royals since they led 6-3 in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 3. They lost that game 7-6.
Merrifield's hit streak reaches 30 as Royals fall to M's
Dee Gordon had three hits and two RBIs as the Seattle Mariners claimed a 6-3 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.The Mariners extended baseball's best record to 11-2 with their fourth straight win.Whit Merrifield continues to be the lone bright spot for the Royals, who lost their eighth game in a row. He led off the bottom of the first with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, dating back to last season.The streak is tied for the longest in Royals history with Hall of Famer George Brett's run from in 1980, the year he hit .390. Merrifield finished 2-for-5.Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (4-0) pitched six-plus innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out five and walked two. Anthony Swarzak pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in two opportunities.Kansas City's Jakob Junis (1-1) gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked one, and his offense gave him little help. The Royals' No. 5 through No. 8 hitters in the Tuesday starting lineup are now hitting a combined .147 (15-for-102).The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 12 of their 13 games this season. With 33 home runs, they have matched the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history through 13 games.The Mariners got on the board in the first inning when Jay Bruce hit his league-leading seventh home run. The Mariners have now hit at least one home run in all 13 games this season. The only team to open the season with more games with home runs since 1908 was the 2002 Cleveland Indians (14 games).
Royals' Merrifield extends hitting streak to 30 games
Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first inning Tuesday with an opposite-field triple off the Seattle Mariners' Marco Gonzales to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, tying the club record.Hall of Famer George Brett had a 30-game hitting streak in 1980, the year he batted .390.Merrifield owns the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta's Freddie Freeman had a 30-game streak in 2016.Merrifield's streak is tied (with 21 other players) for the 36th-longest run in major league history. With Merrifield's streak dating back to Sept. 10, 2018, it's the longest multi-season run since Jimmy Rollins hit in 38 straight in 2005-06 for Philadelphia.
Encarnacion homers twice in an inning as Mariners top Royals
Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning and the visiting Seattle Mariners scored eight times in the frame to earn a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night to open a four-game series.The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 11 of their first 12 games and became the first team in the major leagues to win 10 games.Encarnacion became the first major leaguer to hit two home runs in an inning in almost three years. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels did in on April 15, 2016, at Texas. The last Mariners players to do it were Bret Boone and Mike Cameron, who did it in the same game at the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2002. Cameron went on to hit four home runs that game, tying the major league record.Roenis Elias (1-0) picked up the win for the Mariners. The left-hander pitched three scoreless innings of relief, giving up no hits and one walk.Homer Bailey (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in five-plus innings.The Royals' Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first with an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 29 games. It's the second-longest streak in Royals history, trailing only George Brett's 30-game streak from 1980, the year Brett batted .390.
Stewart's hitting leads Tigers to sweep of Royals
Christin Stewart drove in two runs and scored another as the streaking Detroit Tigers won their fifth straight by sweeping a three-game series from the visiting Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.Stewart, who hit a grand slam on Saturday, had two hits. Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario scored the other runs for Detroit.Tyson Ross (1-1) recorded his first win with the Tigers, tossing seven strong innings. He allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. Shane Greene struck out two in the ninth while recording his seventh save.Brad Keller (1-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three in six innings. Whit Merrifield had three hits and scored the lone run for Kansas City, which has lost six straight.The Royals scored in the first inning when Merrifield doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Alex Gordon's grounder.Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the second. Candelario walked and scored on Stewart's triple to deep right. After a walk to John Hicks, Stewart scored when Gordon Beckham grounded into a double play.
Stewart's slam powers Tigers over Royals
Detroit rookie Christin Stewart blasted a grand slam with two outs in the seventh to help catapult the host Tigers to a 7-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.With the Tigers trailing 4-3, Stewart hit a 2-2 changeup from Royals reliever Wily Peralta that glanced off of the foul pole in right field and gave the Tigers a 7-4 lead.With one swing, Stewart matched his RBI total for the entire season.Tigers relievers Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene shut the door in the final two innings to help Detroit win its fourth straight game. Greene worked a perfect ninth, with one strikeout, and has converted all six of his save opportunities this season.Relief pitcher Victor Alcantara (2-0) gave up one run in the seventh but picked up the win.The Royals have dropped five straight since starting the year 2-0.Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Royals stormed back via the home run.Whit Merrifield blasted a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth to make it 2-1 Detroit, then Jorge Soler hit a solo shot to left in the seventh to tie the game at 2.
Tigers edge Royals 5-4 to win home opener
Niko Goodrum knocked in three runs, Josh Harrison scored three times and the Detroit Tigers won their home opener by edging the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday afternoon.Blaine Hardy (1-0) gave up one run in two innings of relief to pick up the win. Shane Greene recorded his fifth save, allowing one baserunner and striking out one. Nicholas Castellanos scored two runs for Detroit, which has won three straight.Alex Gordon hit a solo homer, scored two runs and drove in two for Kansas City. Whit Merrifield supplied two hits and two runs scored.Kyle Zimmer (0-1) walked all three batters he faced and took the loss.Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings. He gave up three runs (two earned). Royals starter Jakob Junis also lasted six innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out eight.The Royals scored an unearned run with two out in the first. Gordon walked and Jorge Soler doubled to right. Right fielder Castellanos tried a barehanded pickup and bobbled the ball, allowing Gordon to score.Detroit answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Harrison and Castellanos drew back-to-back walks. Miguel Cabrera singled in the first run and Goodrum knocked in the second with a fielder's choice grounder.The Royals scratched out a run in the third on singles by Merrifield, Gordon and Soler.
Twins rally again to clip Royals, 7-6
The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the last two innings Wednesday to earn a 7-6 victory over the host Kansas City Royals, their second straight come-from-behind win.Nelson Cruz led off the ninth with a walk off Wily Peralta (0-1), the Royals' sixth pitcher of the day. Byron Buxton, who didn't start because of bruised ribs, pinch ran and stole second -- his 30th consecutive successful steal, dating back to 2018. Eddie Rosario then ripped a single into right, scoring Buxton.Trevor May (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win. Blake Parker faced one batter for his second save in as many days.The Twins had tied the score in the eighth on a two-run single by Max Kepler, scoring Mitch Garver and Tyler Austin.Willians Astudillo had three hits, two runs and an RBI for the Twins. Garver collected three hits, two runs and two RBIs.Homer Bailey debuted for the Royals and pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out eight, all swinging.Bailey was added to the roster prior to the game after starting spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 12-year MLB veteran -- all with Cincinnati -- was 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA in 212 career games coming into 2019.To make room on the roster, the Royals designated right-hander Chris Ellis for assignment. Ellis was signed as a Rule-5 selection from the St. Louis Cardinals.Kyle Gibson got the start for the Twins. He gave up six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings.
Cruz hit in 10th lifts Twins past Royals
Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in three runs, including the game-winner with two outs in the 10th inning, as the visiting Minnesota Twins moved into sole possession of first place in the American League's Central Division with a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.Cruz, who also had a two-run double, drove in Willians Astudillo, who opened the 10th with a bloop single to right off reliever Brad Boxberger (0-1) and advanced to second on a two-out walk to Jorge Polanco, with a single to right.Max Kepler had two hits, two walks and scored a run and C.J. Cron and Polanco also had two hits for the Twins. Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) picked up the win while Blake Parker earned his first save.Adalberto Mondesi had three hits, including an inside-the-park homer, and Ryan O'Hearn also homered for Kansas City. Martin Maldonado added three hits and Chris Owings had a triple for the Royals.The Twins tied it in the fourth when Eddie Rosario walked and, going on the pitch, scored all the way from first on a single to left-center by Cron. The Royals regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Owings tripled off the top of the fence in right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Dozier.Cruz then put the Twins back in front, 3-2, in the fifth with a two-out line double off the fence in right-center, driving in Byron Buxton, who had been hit by a pitch, and Kepler, who had walked.
White Sox knock off Royals
Lucas Giolito took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso smacked back-to-back home runs in the fourth to propel the visiting Chicago White Sox past the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.The White Sox salvaged the finale of the season-opening, three-game series as Giolito continued his sterling, early-career stretch against the Royals. The right-hander entered the game with a 2.35 career ERA against Kansas City and a 3.24 ERA at spacious Kauffman Stadium. Giolito (1-0) maintained his success on Sunday, spacing two runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out eight.Chicago backed Giolito with a 11-hit attack that also included a measure of patience. The White Sox coaxed a pair of bases-loaded, run-scoring walks in the sixth, as Alonso worked back from a 1-2 count before Eloy Jimenez also walked.Alonso, Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and James McCann had two hits apiece for the White Sox, with Alonso collecting three RBIs.The Royals finally got to Giolito in the seventh as Alex Gordon broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single. Ryan O'Hearn smacked an RBI double to score Gordon, and O'Hearn scored on an RBI single from Lucas Duda.Adalberto Mondesi had a run-scoring single in the eighth inning for the Royals.
Royals speed past White Sox
The Kansas City Royals spent the offseason focusing on starting pitching and team speed. It showed on Saturday, as the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-6 in rainy and cold Kansas City.Jakob Junis (1-0) had five shutout innings before faltering in the sixth and allowing a three-run home run to Jose Abreu. He finished with six hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for the first save of his career.Jorge Soler went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for Kansas City. Billy Hamilton also had three hits and scored twice.The game was delayed by 30 minutes because of rain. When the first pitch was thrown, the temperature was 38 degrees and the wind chill was 28 with 18-mph winds. One of the biggest cheers of the game was when the sun made its first appearance of the season in the bottom of the second inning.The Royals (2-0) speed certainly seemed to rattle right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. In the third, Hamilton led off with a single and drew repeated throws to first. He tagged on a flyout to medium depth right field and advanced to second, where he drew additional interest. With one out, Adalberto Mondesi singled to right field, scoring Hamilton.Lopez then hit Alex Gordon with a pitch. Mondesi and Gordon had lengthy leads, and after Soler dropped a doink into short left, Ryan O'Hearn rolled a single up the middle to score Mondesi and Gordon.After a scoreless fourth, Lopez walked Gordon leading off the fourth. Soler doubled down the left-field line, scoring Gordon to make it 4-0 and chasing Lopez (0-1).
Keller leads Royals past White Sox
Brad Keller made sure his selection as the Opening Day starter was rewarded, as he helped the Kansas City Royals defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Thursday. The start of the game was delayed by an hour and 46 minutes because of rain.Keller (1-0) was almost untouchable. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and walking just one and striking out five.Carlos Rodon (0-1) was nearly as good as Keller before he appeared to run out of gas in the sixth. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on just three hits. He walked one and struck out six.It took a while for Kansas City's offense to get going, and it took even longer for Chicago's. The White Sox didn't cross home plate until they scored three runs in the ninth off four Royals relievers. Brad Boxberger retired the final batter to pick up his first save.Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi got it started, and he kept it going. He became the second Royals player in club history to record two triples on Opening Day (Tony Pena Jr., 2007).Jorge Soler also had two hits for the Royals, an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI double in the seventh.The Royals got their first run in the fourth when Alex Gordon drove in Mondesi with a sacrifice fly. Mondesi got the club's first hit of the season, a triple to right. Initially Mondesi was called out at third, but the Royals challenged the call and it was reversed.