Kris Bubic, Royals shut down Mariners
Kris Bubic allowed one run on two hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series. The Mariners' dwindling playoff chances took a hit, as they managed only three hits.Bubic (5-6) earned his first win in his last five starts. It was his best outing since allowing two runs on just one hit against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Aug. 21. He struck out two batters and walked four.Yusei Kikuchi (7-9) lasted only three innings for the Mariners (79-69). He allowed three runs on eight hits, throwing 86 pitches.Salvador Perez, who came into the game leading the majors with 112 RBIs, was 1-for-5 with an RBI. He remains tied with Johnny Bench for the most home runs by a player who played at least 75 percent of his team's games as a catcher.The Royals (67-81) got their first run in the first with a little assistance from Kikuchi. After Whit Merrifield beat out an infield single, he advanced to second, third and home on wild pitches. Then, with two outs, the Royals strung together three straight singles, with Adalberto Mondesi's knock up the middle driving in Andrew Benintendi with the second run.The Royals had a chance to extend the lead in the second, with runners on second and third and one out, but they couldn't score. But back-to-back two-out doubles by Mondesi and Michael A. Taylor gave the Royals their third run in the bottom of the third. The Royals stranded seven runners in the first four innings.
Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert send Mariners past Royals
Jarred Kelenic homered and drove in three runs and fellow rookie Logan Gilbert pitched seven strong innings as the Seattle Mariners recorded a 7-1 win over the host Kansas City Royals on Sunday.Jake Bauers and Mitch Haniger also homered for the Mariners (80-69), who took two of three games in the series against the Royals (67-82).Seattle, however, remained four games behind Toronto in the race for the American League's second and final wild-card playoff berth.Gilbert (6-5) allowed one run on three hits. The right-hander walked one and struck out five.The Mariners built a 5-0 lead through three innings against Royals right-hander Jackson Kowar (0-4).With one out in the first inning, Ty France doubled to right field and Abraham Toro and Haniger walked to load the bases. Kelenic lined a 2-2 pitch to right for a two-run double.The Mariners made it 3-0 in the second inning. Dylan Moore led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a one-out single by J.P. Crawford and scored on France's single to center field.Kelenic led off the third with a home run to center field. One out later, Bauers went deep to right-center to give Seattle a 5-0 advantage.
Jarred Kelenic slugs pair of homers as Mariners top Royals
Jarred Kelenic hit a pair of two-run home runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Kansas City Royals 6-2 Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series.The Mariners spoiled the major league debut of Royals pitcher Jon Heasley.The Mariners (79-68) kept pace with Boston and the New York Yankees, who each won Friday night, trailing them by four and 3 1/2 games respectively in the American League wild-card race. Seattle gained a game on Toronto, which lost to Minnesota and dropped one-half game behind the Yankees. Oakland, which played later Friday in Anaheim, Calif., was three games behind the Yankees.Chris Flexen (12-6) worked 5 2/3 strong innings for the Mariners. He allowed one run on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.Heasley (0-1) allowed four runs, all coming on home runs by Kelenic, on six hits in four innings.Nicky Lopez extended his on-base streak to a career-best 26 games in the first inning with an opposite-field single to left. Salvador Perez, began the day tied for the major league lead in home runs and tops in RBIs, finished 0-for-4 with a walk.Heasley ran into trouble in the second. He gave up a lead-off single to Ty France, and with one out, the right-hander surrendered the first home run to Kelenic, his 11th of the season.
A’s win to claim series over Royals, 7-2
Chad Pinder's two-run single capped a four-run third as the visiting Oakland A's defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-2 on Thursday afternoon.The A's (79-67) claimed the three-game series.The A's scored three unearned runs in the third. They had seven runners reach base on only two hits. They also scored three runs in the ninth on just one hit.The Royals (66-80) had the tying runs on base with less than two outs twice in the final four innings but didn't score.A's starter Paul Blackburn (1-2) earned the win. He gave up two runs on six hits in five innings.Royals starter Daniel Lynch (4-5) took the loss. He left the game in the third inning with left calf tightness with the bases loaded and a full count. He gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits in 2-plus innings.Salvador Perez homered in the first to give the Royals the early lead. He drove in Nicky Lopez, who reached with a walk to extend his streak to 25 games reaching base successfully.
Royals send LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) to IL
The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Mike Minor on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a shoulder injury and recalled right-hander Scott Blewett from Triple-A Omaha.Minor, 33, was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement and the injury could mark the end of his season. Minor is 8-12 with a 5.05 ERA this season in 28 starts and is 79-78 over 10 career seasons with a 4.11 ERA for the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), Royals (2017, 2021), Texas Rangers (2018-20) and Oakland Athletics (2020).
A's rack up 18 hits, hold off Royals 12-10
Elvis Andrus went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs as the Oakland A's amassed a season-high 18 hits while defeating the Kansas City Royals 12-10 on Wednesday night.The Royals, who were down by seven heading into the bottom of the seventh, had the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the ninth.Kansas City's Andrew Benintendi tied a career high with five hits and added four RBIs.Oakland's Sean Manaea (10-9) survived a shaky start to pick up the win. He allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Carlos Hernandez (6-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He fanned three.Andrew Chafin yielded a run in 1 1/3 innings but still emerged with his fourth save.The A's (78-67) remained 3 1/2 games behind the three teams tied for the two American League wild-card spots, the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.Oakland and Kansas City will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Thursday.The Royals (66-79), who finished with 17 hits, grabbed the lead in the first on an RBI single by Benintendi.The A's responded in the second with a two-out, two-run single by Andrus. The Oakland shortstop has 11 hits and seven of his 36 RBIs in six games against the Royals this season.Matt Olson walked leading off the third and eventually scored on a single by Mark Canha.The A's added two more runs in the fourth on a home run by Olson, giving him 101 RBIs for the season. It's the first time in his career he reached the century mark in RBIs.
Royals overcome six-run deficit, sink A's
Salvador Perez's three-run home run capped a furious Kansas City rally as the Royals defeated the visiting Oakland A's 10-7 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.The Royals trailed 6-0 going into the bottom of the third inning.Perez now has 109 RBIs, which leads the majors. Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez and Kyle Isbel each had three hits for the Royals, who earned their fourth win in five games.Jake Brentz (5-2) picked up the win after throwing one perfect inning in relief, and Scott Barlow worked around two walks in the ninth for his 13th save.Yusmeiro Petit (8-2) took the loss out of the Oakland bullpen, yielding four runs on four hits in one-third of an inning. The A's (77-67) dropped their third consecutive game and fell 3 1/2 games behind the two American League wild-card leaders, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.Neither starter was effective. Oakland's Frankie Montas allowed four runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jackson Kowar gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in one-plus inning.The A's scored twice in the first. Josh Harrison drew a leadoff walk, and Starling Marte doubled. Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie followed with sacrifice flies.Oakland added three more runs in the second off Kowar, but they could have had more. Kowar walked the first three batters of the inning and then gave up an RBI single to Elvis Andrus and a two-run single to Harrison.Ervin Santana replaced Kowar with runners on second and third and no outs, but he wiggled out of the jam without surrendering another run.
Royals promoting Dayton Moore to president
The Kansas City Royals are set to announce the promotions of Dayton Moore to president of baseball operations and J.J. Picollo to general manager Tuesday, according to reports.The Royals have an afternoon press conference scheduled to announce the moves.Moore was named general manager in June 2006 and Picollo was one of his first hires, joining the organization as director of player development.
Jorge Polanco leads Twins' homer-heavy attack vs. Royals
Jorge Polanco went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs to lead a five-homer attack for the Minnesota Twins, who cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night in Minneapolis.Byron Buxton, Nick Gordon and Max Kepler also homered for Minnesota (63-79) which evened the series at a game apiece and presented manager Rocco Baldelli with his 200th career victory. Buxton, Kepler and Ben Rortvedt each had two hits.All five home runs by Minnesota came against Royals starter Brady Singer (4-10) who had allowed just nine home runs in 116 innings entering the contest and no more than two in a game.Michael Pineda (6-8), making his first start since Aug. 13 following a stint on the injured list with a mild left oblique strain, picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.Hunter Dozier had two doubles and an RBI, Andrew Benintendi had two hits including a double and an RBI, and Nicky Lopez and Hanser Alberto each had two hits and a run scored to lead Kansas City (64-78).Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back home runs by Buxton, a 444-foot drive into the second deck above the bullpen in left-center, and Polanco. It was the 13th homer of the season for Buxton, who also had a 457-foot tape measure home run in the first inning of a 6-4 loss to the Royals on Friday night.Gordon, making his first major league start at shortstop, made it 3-0 in the second with his second home run of the season off the facing of the second deck in right-center.
Kyle Isbel, Royals get past Twins in rubber match
Kyle Isbel drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.Adalberto Mondesi homered and Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice for Kansas City (65-78). Jake Brentz (4-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief while Scott Barlow notched his 12th save.Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Brent Rooker had a two-run double for Minnesota (63-80).The game was tied 3-3 in the eighth when Andrew Benintendi led off with a single to right off reliever Jorge Alcala (3-6). He went to second on a walk by Carlos Santana, who was swapped out for pinch-runner Hunter Dozier.Mondesi sacrificed the runners to second and third, but Benintendi was then thrown out at the plate on a grounder by Ryan O'Hearn. Isbel, called up earlier Sunday from Triple-A Omaha when Michael A. Taylor was placed on the family medical emergency list, then drove in Dozier with a single to right.Benintendi added an insurance run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly to tie the Royals record for RBIs for a seven-game road trip (14) set by Jeff King in 1997 and equaled by Kendrys Morales in 2016.
Andrew Benintendi's bombs shoot Royals past Twins
Andrew Benintendi hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the top of the 11th inning that proved to be the game-winner as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Friday night in Minneapolis.Benintendi lined Juan Minaya's first pitch to open the 11th into the front row of the left-field bleachers for his 15th homer of the season, breaking a 4-4 tie by also driving in designated runner Salvador Perez.Benintendi finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs, while Nicky Lopez extended his on-base streak to 20 games with two hits, including a double, for Kansas City (64-77).Ervin Santana (2-2) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief, and Greg Holland retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the 11th to notch his eighth save.Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson both homered and Andrelton Simmons had two hits to lead Minnesota (62-79). Minaya (2-1) picked up the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out two.Kansas City jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first off Twins starter Griffin Jax on Benintendi's home run deep into the right field bleachers, following Lopez's double and a walk to Perez.
Royals shut out Orioles, split four-game series
Nicky Lopez had a home run and an RBI single for the first two Kansas City RBIs as the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 to earn a split of the four-game series in Baltimore.Carlos Hernandez (6-1) picked up the win. He allowed just three hits with six scoreless innings. Domingo Tapia (two innings) and Scott Barlow kept the Orioles (45-94) off the board with three scoreless innings, one night after the bullpen allowed nine runs in the eighth inning.John Means (5-7) took the loss with the lack of run support. He allowed two runs (one scored after he left the game) on five hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out five and walked two.Lopez put the Royals (63-77) on the scoreboard with a one-out home run in the first. It was Lopez' second home run of the season, and it extended his on-base streak to a career high 19 games.The Orioles had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the second with three straight singles. But they got a little greedy and catcher Pedro Severino was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Andrew Benintendi. It was Baltimore's last hit of the night.Hernandez struggled with his control, walking three in six innings. But he kept the Orioles off the board, stranding five runners in the second through fourth innings.
Orioles belt three homers in win over Royals
Austin Hays extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.Cedric Mullins hit his 27th home run of the season and DJ Stewart also went deep for the Orioles, who earned their third victory in four games. Anthony Santander had two hits and scored twice.Mike Baumann, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day, allowed only an unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of relief for the win in his major league debut. The 25-year-old allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.Carlos Santana homered for the Royals, who had won three of four. Kansas City's Nicky Lopez and Edward Olivares had two hits apiece.Jackson Kowar (0-3) allowed six runs on five hits and four walks in six innings for the Royals. He struck out seven.Orioles starter Alexander Wells gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. He fanned two and walked two.Trailing 7-2 entering the eighth inning, the Royals got the tying run to the plate. Salvador Perez led off with a single and Andrew Benintendi walked with two outs. After Dillon Tate replaced Baumann, Olivares reached on an infield single, loading the bases.Third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez couldn't handle Michael A. Taylor's grounder and a run scored, but Tate struck out pinch hitter Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat.
Royals rally in 8th to defeat Orioles, 3-2
Salvador Perez's bloop single keyed a two-run, eighth-inning rally as the visiting Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Monday.Perez had hit eight home runs in his last 11 games, but his game-winning hit barely traveled 100 feet.Domingo Tapia (2-0) retired all five batters he faced in relief to earn the victory. Scott Barlow picked up his 11th save.Cole Sulser (4-4) took the loss.Zac Lowther pitched well enough to earn his first major league win, but he took a no-decision. He came in with an ERA of 10.80 in five career appearances (one start). He held the Royals to one run on three hits in six innings.Kris Bubic also pitched well but wasn't involved in the decision. He allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.Austin Hays extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the third that gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. He drove in Austin Wynns, who reached on a one-out single.Former Oriole Hanser Alberto tied the game in the top of the fifth with a lead-off home run. It was Alberto's first game in Baltimore after spending 2019-20 with the Orioles.
Yasmani Grandal, White Sox out-slug Royals
Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox out-slugged the Kansas City Royals for a 10-7 victory Saturday night. Luis Robert had four hits, including a homer.Salvador Perez had two home runs and five RBIs for the Royals.Craig Kimbrel (3-4) earned the win in relief. Liam Hendriks got his 32nd save.Daniel Lynch (4-4) took the loss in his second shortest outing of his career, and shortest since returning from the minors July 25. He allowed six runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three.The White Sox used the long ball to jump out to an early lead in the first. Robert hit a 452-foot home run to left center with one out. With two outs and Jose Abreu on first, Grandal hit one 425 feet to right center.Chicago scored three more runs in the third when the first three batters reached safely. Robert and Abreu singled before Eloy Jimenez walked. Catcher Cam Gallagher threw the ball over the head of Emmanuel Rivera, which allowed Robert to score. Grandal's single scored Abreu and Leury Garcia's sacrifice fly scored Jimenez and ended Lynch's night.Gallagher singled in Rivera for the Royals' first run in the third. After two lineouts, Perez hit his 39th home run of the season, a 428-foot blast to center. It was Perez's 191st career home run, breaking a tie with Alex Gordon for fourth all-time in franchise history.Abreu's 500th career extra-base hit, a double in the fourth, scored Danny Mendick. Grandal's sacrifice fly scored Robert for his fourth RBI.
Salvador Perez 3-run homer leads Royals past White Sox
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning as the host Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Sunday afternoon.The victory gave the Royals (61-75) the series win as they took two of three from Chicago (79-58).Kansas City also earned the season win against the White Sox, taking 10 of the 19 games between the two.Whit Merrifield got things going for the Royals in the first as Dylan Cease (11-7) walked him.Nicky Lopez then doubled and both he and Merrifield came home on the long home run from Perez that landed in one of the fountains beyond the right field wall.Kansas City extended its lead in the third when Lopez scored on a fielding error by first baseman Gavin Sheets.The Royals opened things up a bit in the sixth, scoring two runs - the first off a sacrifice fly to right from Hunter Dozier and the second on a single from Merrifield.The Royals received a strong pitching performance from Brady Singer (4-9) who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts.
Royals wait out rain, stroll past White Sox
Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Friday night in a game that started more than two hours late due to a rain storm.Taylor drove in three runs as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak.After the rain delay, the Royals scored as many runs in the first five innings Friday (seven) as they did in the preceding three-game sweep by the Cleveland Indians.Kansas City's Adalberto Mondesi started at third base for the first time in his career and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single.White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single.Kansas City starter Carlos Hernandez (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.Chicago's Dallas Keuchel (8-8) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in three-plus innings. He fanned one and walked two. In his previous start, Keuchel yielded six runs (five earned) in one-plus inning against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27.
Indians' Triston McKenzie still has Royals' number
Triston McKenzie allowed one run on two hits and one walk in six innings, striking out six, as the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win over the host Kansas City Royals.Owen Miller hit a three-run home run in the fifth to give McKenzie all the support he would need. Cleveland (67-64) has won 11 straight games against the Royals.McKenzie (4-5), who came off the injured list on Wednesday after dealing with shoulder fatigue, improved to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA (five earned runs on 13 hits in 32 2/3 innings) all-time against the Royals (six appearances). He has 38 strikeouts in those games.Emmanuel Clase picked up his 20th save in 24 chances.McKenzie kept the Royals off-balance all night, allowing only one past first base.Mike Minor (8-12) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings. He allowed only one hit in the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.The Royals (59-74) got on the board in the second. Michael A. Taylor walked, went to second on an infield grounder and to third on balk. He scored on a two-out single by Hunter Dozier.
Indians rally for 11-inning win over Royals
Austin Hedges' bloop single with two outs in the top of the 11th inning lifted the visiting Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.After the Royals' Ervin Santana (1-2) retired the first two batters in the 11th, Bobby Bradley was intentionally walked. Hedges lofted one just beyond the reach of first baseman Carlos Santana, scoring pinch runner Daniel Johnson, who began the inning at second. Yu Chang then drove in Bradley with a double.Both teams wasted opportunities in the 10th. Domingo Tapia got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the inning, getting Franmil Reyes to fly out. The Royals had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th and couldn't score against Blake Parker (2-0)Taylor Stephan pitched a perfect inning to earn his first career save.The Indians, who have won three in a row overall, will aim for a three-game series sweep on Thursday. The Royals, who led 3-0 after four innings, dropped their third straight contest.Both starting pitchers were solid, but neither was involved in the decision.Kansas City's Jackson Kowar allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits over six innings, lowering his ERA from 18.00 to 8.18. Cleveland's Logan Allen allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings.The Royals loaded the bases in the first with one out on singles by Whit Merrifield and Nicky Lopez and a one-out walk to Carlos Santana, but they managed only one run, on Michael A. Taylor's sacrifice fly.
Amed Rosario drives in 5 as Indians top Royals
Amed Rosario was 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the host Kansas City Royals 7-2 on Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series.It was Rosario's second career multi-homer game, his first five-RBI game and his second five-hit game.Zach Plesac (9-4) earned the win for the Indians with seven scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits, striking out seven and walking none, though he did hit a batter.Salvador Perez, who was named the American League player of the week on Monday, was hitless (0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch). He's now 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his career off Plesac. Perez just finished a 10-game road trip where he batted.324 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs, including home runs in his last five games.Jakob Junis (2-4) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first appearance with the big-league club since June 3. He had been sent to Triple-A Omaha, where he had four starts before going on the injured list with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss almost seven weeks.The Indians got on the board in the first inning when Rosario hit an inside-the-park home run, the Indians' first since Aug. 24, 2018, when Jason Kipnis also did it in Kansas City. Rosario's slicing drive to right field just eluded the glove of right fielder Edward Olivares and caromed away. Olivares got back on his feet and threw home, but not in time.