Tigers cool off red-hot Royals with shutout
Miguel Cabrera and Willi Castro homered and four Detroit pitchers combined on a shutout as the host Tigers snapped the Kansas City Royals' six-game winning streak, 6-0, on Tuesday.Cabrera reached base five times for Detroit (21-26) and Castro had three hits and scored two runs. Jeimer Candelario also supplied three hits and scored twice, while Jorge Bonifacio drove in two runs. Niko Goodrum chipped in two hits while scoring and knocking in a run.Matthew Boyd (2-6) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walking four while striking out five.Kansas City's scheduled starter, Danny Duffy, was benched after missing the team flight. Replacement Jakob Junis (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings as the Tigers five of their six runs during the first three innings.Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez had two hits apiece for the Royals (20-29). Kansas City, which began a five-game road trip, defeated opponents by a combined score of 44-14 during the winning streak but left 10 men on base while getting blanked.The Royals threatened in the first inning but Merrifield was thrown out trying to score from third on a groundout.Detroit scored three two-out runs in the bottom of the inning. There were runners on the corners when Goodrum, just activated off the injured list, ripped a single to left. He reached second on the relay throw to third. Bonifacio then drilled a single to center to knock in Candelario and Goodrum.
Royals pound Pirates to complete sweep
Brad Keller pitched his first career shutout as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Keller allowed just five hits and one walk as the Royals won their sixth straight.Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier each had three hits, with a home run, for Kansas City. Dozier scored three times and Perez scored twice. Maikel Franco added three hits.Keller (4-2) is 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA (one earned run in 27 innings) at home this season. A one-out double in the sixth ended a stretch of one extra-base hit allowed in the last 157 opponents' plate appearances.Chad Kuhl (1-2) had a rough outing for the Pirates (14-30). He allowed nine runs on four hits -- with six walks -- in 2 1/3 innings.The six-game winning streak is the longest since for the Royals (20-28) since winning six straight Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2018. Sunday was the last day of a 17-day stretch in which the Royals played every day. Kansas City went 8-9, including a seven-game losing streak that preceded the six-game winning streak.The Royals scored four runs in the first on only two hits. The Pirates' defense helped, although no errors were charged. Whit Merrifield walked and Perez singled him to second. Franco hit a line drive to third that rolled away from JT Riddle. Instead of an inning-ending double play, Franco had an RBI single. Dozier then walked, loading the bases.
Royals top Pirates to win fifth in a row
Adalberto Mondesi hit a two-run homer and Whit Merrifield added a solo shot Saturday as the Kansas City Royals won their season-best fifth straight game, 7-4 over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.Salvador Perez added an RBI single for the Royals (19-28).Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier hit solo homers for Pittsburgh (14-29), which has lost three straight.Kansas City's Carlos Hernandez, in his first career start, pitched three innings, allowing three runs and three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.Kyle Zimmer (1-0) pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings. Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his fifth save.Pirates starter Trevor Williams (1-7) got roughed up for six runs and 10 hits in five innings.The start was delayed a half hour because of a police event at adjacent Arrowhead Stadium.Merrifield got an early home run derby going with a solo shot to left, his ninth, in the first.The Pirates countered in the second when Bell hit his sixth homer, a shot to left, and Reynolds made it 2-1 with a homer to center, his fourth.
Rays receive OF Gigliotti from Royals to complete trade
The Tampa Rays received outfielder Michael Gigliotti from Kansas City to complete a July 21 trade that allowed the Royals to have more options with right-hander Stephen Woods Jr.As a Rule 5 selection, Woods needed to remain on the Royals' active roster or be offered back to the Rays at half the price they paid to select him. Rule 5-eligible players are those who have spent five years in an organization and are not on the 40-man roster. Any player with that status is exposed to the Rule 5 draft during the MLB winter meetings.By sending Gigliotti to Tampa Bay, the Royals now have the option to send Woods to the minor leagues, or back to the alternate training site under 2020 rules.
Bubic logs first win as Royals top Pirates
Rookie Kris Bubic picked up his first career win with five innings of one-run ball as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Friday night.Maikel Franco had a pair of RBI singles for Kansas City (18-28), and Adalberto Mondesi homered and scored three runs.Bubic (1-5) battled all night, fighting through many of his own messes. He faced baserunners in every inning, allowing six hits and two walks. He struck out six, four of them with runners in scoring position.Greg Holland earned his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.Steven Brault (0-3) took the loss for Pittsburgh (14-28). He allowed three runs on five hits in four innings. He also issued three walks and struck out four.The Royals got on the board in the first when Mondesi hit his third home run of the season -- and of the week. He connected on a 418-foot blast to left field that also extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying eight games. During his streak, he is hitting .333 (10-for-30).The Royals got two more runs in the third. Mondesi walked with one out and moved to third on a single by Salvador Perez, back after a 22-game stint on the injured list caused by blurred vision. Mondesi scored and Perez went to second on a bloop hit by Franco, and Perez came home on Hunter Dozier's line-drive single.
Duffy, Royals shut out Indians
Danny Duffy pitched into the sixth inning and Nicky Lopez had three hits and an RBI to help the visiting Kansas City Royals earn a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.Duffy (3-3) found himself locked in a modest pitchers' duel with Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (2-4). The Kansas City left-hander allowed four hits, struck out four and overcame four walks over 101 pitches in 5 2/3 innings to keep the Indians in check.The Royals (16-28) posted a second straight win over the Indians after losing seven in a row.Three Royals relievers held Cleveland batters to two hits over 3 1/3 innings. Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his third save.Carrasco also threw 101 pitches, though he lasted seven innings. He yielded a run on seven hits and fanned six without a walk. In the mix for first place in the American League Central, the Indians (26-17) have dropped two straight after winning five of their previous six contests.Kansas City jumped on top in the sixth. No. 9 hitter Cam Gallagher opened the frame with a single, went to third on Whit Merrifield's second hit of the game and scored on Adalberto Mondesi's single to right field.
Singer dominant as Royals rout Indians
Rookie Brady Singer carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and Maikel Franco drove in five runs to lift the visiting Kansas City Royals to an 11-1 romp over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.Making his ninth career start, Singer (2-4) saw his no-hit bid halted after Austin Hedges slapped a single to right field with two outs in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander quickly settled himself and fanned Delino DeShields for his eighth strikeout over eight scoreless innings.The strong performance for Singer was in stark contrast to his previous four starts, during which he posted an 0-3 record and allowed 15 runs on 25 hits with four homers.Franco joined Adalberto Mondesi in belting a three-run homer and matched Whit Merrifield with three hits for the Royals (17-28), who have won three in a row following a season-high seven-game losing streak.Edward Olivares, who was acquired from San Diego in the Trevor Rosenthal deal on Aug. 29, extended his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out single in the fourth inning. The 24-year-old Olivares then gave Kansas City a 4-0 lead in the sixth after depositing a first-pitch slider from Aaron Civale (3-5) over the wall in left-center field for his third homer of the season.Franco capped his scintillating performance in the seventh inning by sending a 3-1 cutter from Dominic Leone over the wall into the bleacher seats in left field. The three-run blast was Franco's seventh homer of the season and first since Aug. 29.
Royals beat Indians to halt seven-game slide
Maikel Franco's sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each belted a two-run homer and Sandy Leon also went deep for the Indians (26-16), who saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt.Adalberto Mondesi singled off Adam Cimber (0-1) to lead off the eighth inning before stealing second and advancing to third on Hunter Dozier's base hit. Franco's fly ball to center field was deep enough to plate Mondesi and gave Kansas City a 6-5 lead.Oliver Perez relieved Cimber and promptly allowed a single to Alex Gordon and a walk to Ryan McBroom before hitting Lopez with a pitch to drive in a run.The Royals added an insurance run in the ninth inning on Franco's RBI single to center field.Greg Holland (3-0) picked up the win after striking out three batters in two scoreless innings of work. Scott Barlow permitted an RBI groundout before securing his second save.
Plesac sharp as Indians send Royals to seventh straight loss
The Indians (26-15) moved into a first-place tie with the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central.Franmil Reyes, who went 10-for-13 against the Royals (14-28) last week in Kansas City, was 2-for-3 with a walk.Plesac (3-1) allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings. He gave up one single in each of the first six innings. He allowed five hits in six scoreless innings in his last outing in Kansas City. Plesac has allowed just five earned runs this season, all on home runs, in 34 innings.Brad Hand earned his 12th save by striking out the side in the ninth.Brad Keller (3-2) took the loss. He allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.The Indians scored twice off Keller in the second. Carlos Santana and Reyes both singled. Tyler Naquin drove in Santana with a groundball to Whit Merrifield that caromed off Merrifield's glove for an error. Josh Naylor then drove in Reyes with a fielder's choice.Francisco Lindor led off the fourth with a single. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Naylor.Adalberto Mondesi hit a home run in the seventh for the Royals. His first home run of the season traveled 458 feet, the longest by a Royal this season. He had nearly 80 at-bats without an extra-base hit before a bloop double on Sunday.
White Sox complete four-game sweep of Royals
Dallas Keuchel threw five shutout innings before leaving with lower back stiffness as the Chicago White Sox defeated the host Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Sunday. It was the eighth time in nine starts that Keuchel (6-2) allowed two earned runs or fewer.The left-hander allowed two hits and no walks and threw just 49 pitches before he suffered the injury while warming up for the sixth inning.The injury detracted from the White Sox (26-15) winning their 16th game in the last 20. They maintained their half-game lead over the Cleveland Indians. The Minnesota Twins are one game out.The White Sox swept the four-game series and finished the season series 9-1 against the Royals. The last time the White Sox swept a four-game series against the Royals was in July 1997.Edwin Encarnacion had a home run and four RBIs for Chicago.Jose Abreu stroked a single in the seventh inning, extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest in the majors this season.Matt Harvey (0-3) took the loss as the "opener" for the Royals (14-27). He allowed one run on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He had allowed at least three earned runs in each of his previous three starts, none of which lasted longer than three innings.
Abreu carries White Sox past Royals again
Jose Abreu launched a 425-foot, two-run home run in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 19 games and give the Chicago White Sox a lead they would not relinquish as they beat the host Kansas City Royals 5-3 Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.Abreu's streak is the longest in the majors this season and his 40 RBIs in 40 games lead the majors.The White Sox (25-15) are guaranteed to enter Sunday still in first place in the American League Central as they improved to 8-1 against the Royals this season.Lucas Giolito (4-2) earned the win, giving up three runs on five hits in six-plus innings. He struck out nine and didn't walk anyone.Alex Colome picked up his ninth save in 10 chances.Through three games of the four-game series, the Royals (14-26) have not led since the first inning of the first game. They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning Thursday, but the White Sox scored five in the second.Kris Bubic (0-5) was the hard-luck loser for the Royals. He allowed five runs, but only two were earned. An error by Maikel Franco led to three unearned runs in the fifth. Bubic pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking one.
White Sox top Royals, move into first
Jose Abreu's two-run double in the sixth inning opened up a close game and the Chicago White Sox defeated the host Kansas City Royals 7-4 Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games, tied for the longest in the majors this season with Baltimore's Anthony Santander, while Eloy Jimenez had three hits and an RBI for Chicago.The White Sox (24-15) moved into first place in the American League Central, a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Indians, who lost Friday, and the Minnesota Twins, who swept a doubleheader from Detroit.Codi Heuer (2-0) got the win in relief, and Alex Colome got his eighth save.Brady Singer (1-4) took the loss for the Royals (14-25). He allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.Singer put the first two runners of the game on second and third with no out, but allowed only a sacrifice fly to Edwin Encarnacion before getting out of the inning.Whit Merrifield singled in the first, snapping an 0-for-17 streak. It also snapped a hitless streak for White Sox starter Dane Dunning, who threw five hitless innings in his last start, also against the Royals.Singer again had runners on second and third with no outs in the second inning, and again escaped with allowing only one run, a Nick Madrigal single.The Royals got one back in the second when Adalberto Mondesi drove in Alex Gordon with a two-out single, snapping an 0-for-22 skid. Mondesi finished with three hits.
Naquin, McKenzie fuel Indians in shutout over Royals
Triston McKenzie threw six shutout innings, and Tyler Naquin had three hits, two home runs and five RBIs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.McKenzie (2-0), who came within one strikeout of a team record for a pitching debut when struck out 10 Tigers in six innings in his debut on Aug. 22, struck out six Royals. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter.The Indians (23-14) took the three-game series two games to one, despite losing the opener. The Royals (14-23) are now 3-32 in their last 35 "rubber games," dating back to May 30, 2018. They're 0-6 in series-deciding games in 2020.The Indians scored all their runs on home runs by Naquin, who was hitless in the series coming in. He crushed a Jakob Junis fastball to straightaway center in the second for a two-run homer. He hit a three-run blast to right in the ninth off Scott Barlow.Junis (0-1) had to leave the game after four innings. He had allowed two runs on Naquin's homer, and had thrown only 46 pitches. But Josh Naylor hit a line drive back up the middle and hit Junis between the deltoid and triceps on his pitching arm. Junis picked up the ball and lobbed it to first, then left the field grimacing and holding his right arm.Royals manager Mike Matheny, who said prior to Tuesday's game that he needed deep outings by Tuesday's starter Matt Harvey and Junis, got a total of 5 1/3 innings between the two. The bullpen has thrown 157 innings this season. They were ninth in the majors and seventh in the AL in innings pitched coming into Wednesday's game.
White Sox use big innings, long balls to down Royals
Dylan Cease benefitted from a pair of five-run innings as the Chicago White Sox trounced the Kansas City Royals 11-6 Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.The White Sox had home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert.Cease (5-2) earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits in five-plus innings. He battled all night, recording only one 1-2-3 inning.Danny Duffy (2-3) took the loss. He settled down after a five-run second inning, and retired the last seven hitters he faced, but he gave up six runs on seven hits in six innings.The White Sox (23-15) pulled to within a half-game of the idle Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and a game ahead of the third-place Minnesota Twins.The Royals (14-24) got on the board first when Hunter Dozier lined one over the wall in left center in the first inning for a solo homer. But the lead was short-lived.The White Sox answered in the second when Encarnacion blasted one 442 feet to left leading off. Duffy then fell apart. He walked Robert with one out, gave up back-to-back singles and walked Anderson to force in a run. A wild pitch scored another run one out later before Duffy walked Yasmani Grandal to load the bases again. Jose Abreu doubled off the wall, scoring two more. Alex Gordon's 101st career outfield assist led to an out at the plate and the end of the inning.
Indians seek series win at Kansas City
Cal Quantrill grew up around the game of baseball with his father, Paul, who had a 14-year major league career with seven teams. So he probably understands the idea of pulling up stakes and moving in the middle of the season.That doesn't make it any easier.The right-hander and his new Cleveland Indians teammates conclude their three-game road series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Cleveland leveled the series at one win apiece with a 10-1 victory Tuesday night."I don't know if anything prepares you for your first trade," Quantrill said Tuesday. "It's part of the sport. I feel blessed I came to a good team, a team that's competing. That's not always how trades work."This is a winning team. They have their culture. I'm going to do everything in my power to help this team win. I'll find a way to fit into this culture."All three got in the game Tuesday. Naylor started in left field, switched to first base and finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Quantrill and Hedges came in in the eighth and finished the game, with Quantrill tossing two scoreless innings.The Royals will try to reverse a disturbing trend on Wednesday. They are 3-31 in their past 34 rubber games of series, dating back to 2018. They are 1-7-3 in series so far in 2020.Kansas City manager Mike Matheny didn't have to work in anybody new from the trade deadline as the players the club acquired in late August were all sent to the alternative site. However, he believes it's not as difficult as one might think for new players to get acclimated."You'd be amazed at the 'degrees of separation' in this game," he said. "Everybody knows everybody. Players stress a lot about going into a new clubhouse, but usually most of them are surprised with how quickly they adapt and figure out their place.
Plesac strong in return as Indians shred Royals
Zach Plesac didn't look like he hadn't pitched in more than three weeks. He allowed just one run on four hits in six innings, walking none and striking out six as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 10-1 Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.Plesac (2-1) had not pitched for the parent club since being optioned to the alternative site Aug. 8 for COVID breaking protocol. He was replaced after a 16-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh.Franmil Reyes, who had never had a four-hit game, went 5-for-5 with two doubles and a homer.Francisco Lindor and Reyes homered in the first and Roberto Perez homered in the second, all off Kansas City starter Matt Harvey.Harvey (0-2) took the loss. This was his shortest outing with the club, even though he had failed to get out of the third in his first two starts. He gave up five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings, with all the runs coming on home runs.The Indians scored three times in the first off Harvey. Lindor hit a two-run home run just inside the right field foul pole, scoring Cesar Hernandez. Two batters later, Reyes hit a 417-foot blast to right center.A two-run home run by Perez in the second extended the lead to 5-0. Harvey gave up another hit and a walk and his night was done.
Royals' eighth-inning rally downs Indians
Back-to-back, run-scoring hits in the eighth inning allowed the host Kansas City Royals to defeat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the opener of a three-game series on Monday.Maikel Franco drove in the tying run with a single, and Bubba Starling followed with the game-winning single.Scott Barlow (2-1) picked up the win after throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Greg Holland earned his second save by pitching around a one-out double in the ninth.James Karinchak (0-2) walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth, and they both came around to score. After a strikeout, Franco singled off Karinchak to level the score. Adam Cimber then replaced Karinchak, and Starling hit Cimber's fourth pitch to knock in the decisive run.Brad Keller and Shane Bieber put on an old-fashioned pitchers' duel. Neither starting pitcher allowed a runner past second until Keller gave up Franmil Reyes' run-scoring double in the seventh inning.Bieber pitched six scoreless innings, lowering his major-league-leading ERA to 1.20. He allowed just one hit while walking four and striking out nine. He also leads the majors with 84 strikeouts.
Robert gives White Sox another walk-off winner
Luis Robert hit a three-run, walk-off home run as the Chicago White Sox defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 5-2 in 10 innings on Sunday.It was the second walk-off home run in the three-game series for the White Sox, who lead the American League with 64 home runs. Yasmani Grandal broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth on Friday night with a solo shot.With a runner on second to start the bottom of the 10th, Tyler Zuber intentionally walked Jose Abreu putting two runners on with no outs. Zuber (1-2) struck out James McCann before Robert ended the game with his homer, on a first-pitch slider.Matt Foster (3-0) got the win. He struck out Hunter Dozier, the only batter he faced, to end the top of the 10th.The Royals are 3-31 in their last 34 "rubber games," -- games that could win a series -- dating back to May 30, 2018. Kansas City has one just one, of 12, series in 2020, and it has lost each of its road series.Both starters pitched well, but neither factored in the decision. Chicago's Dane Dunning went five hitless innings in his second career start. The only batter to reach safely was Maikel Franco, who walked in the second inning. Dunning struck out seven for the second consecutive start, and has 14 strikeouts in his first 9 1/3 career innings.The Royals' Kris Bubic had his best start of his brief career. He gave up two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out a caree- high eight. The Royals have not won any of Bubic's six career starts.
Report: Padres acquire RHP Rosenthal from Royals
The San Diego Padres agreed to a deal to acquire former All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal from the Kansas City Royals, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, two undisclosed prospects will head to Kansas City to complete the deal.Rosenthal, 30, has posted a 3.29 ERA with seven saves in as many save opportunities for the Royals this season. The right-hander has no decisions in 14 appearances and has struck out 21 and walked seven in 13 2/3 innings.
Franco helps Royals outslug White Sox
Maikel Franco belted a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals added three solo blasts en route to a 9-6 victory over the host Chicago White Sox on Saturday.Alex Gordon, Ryan O'Hearn and Ryan McBroom had the solo home runs for Kansas City, which scored its last six runs with two outs in an inning.Jake Newberry (1-0) got the win with a scoreless sixth inning after the Royals put five runs on the board in top of the seventh. Jesse Hahn picked up his first career save after striking out a pair of batters.Zack Burdi (0-1) sustained his first career loss after allowing five runs in one-third of an inning.The White Sox set a franchise record with 52 home runs in the month, surpassing the 51 in July 2003 and August 2001. They lead the American League with 63 home runs in 2020.Gordon's fourth home run, and second off Dylan Cease this season, came in the second inning.The White Sox tied it up in the third. Luis Robert led off with a single and scored when Nick Madrigal fought off an inside pitch for an RBI single. The White Sox then loaded the bases with one out, but Brady Singer struck out Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu.Edwin Encarnacion put the White Sox up 3-1 in the fourth with a two-run homer.