Peacock, Brantley lead Astros' rout of Royals
Brad Peacock had a career-high 12 strikeouts, and Michael Brantley recorded his fifth career multi-homer game as the Houston Astros cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in the rubber match of their three-game series at Minute Maid Park.Peacock (3-2) lugged a 5.91 ERA as a starter into his sixth start of the season. He dominated the Royals throughout, allowing just three hits while issuing one walk in seven shutout innings.Peacock threw 98 pitches, 65 for strikes, posting 13 called strikes on 38 two-seam fastballs. He matched his career high of 11 strikeouts with a called third strike against Martin Maldonado in the seventh inning and set a new personal mark by fanning Terrance Gore one batter later. Maldonado and Royals manager Ned Yost were ejected arguing balls and strikes.The Astros belted four home runs in support of Peacock. George Springer recorded his team-leading 12th homer leading off the bottom of the first inning, and Houston tacked on two dingers in its five-run third inning against Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez (0-4).Brantley and Carlos Correa homered in consecutive at-bats in the third, with Brantley sending a 1-1 changeup to right field, before Correa drilled a 1-2 fastball 425 feet to straightaway center. That marked the ninth homer on the season for Correa, a total Brantley matched in the fourth.
Royals belt two grand slams, smash Astros
Ryan O'Hearn and Whit Merrifield belted their first career grand slams, and the Kansas City Royals bashed their way to a 12-2 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.The Royals squared the three-game set with Houston by recording eight extra-base hits, six against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh (3-4) in three-plus innings.O'Hearn capped a five-run third inning with his fourth home run of the season, lining a first-pitch cutter from McHugh 373 feet and into the seats in right field. O'Hearn followed a leadoff triple from Merrifield and a run-scoring double by Adalberto Mondesi during the third-inning slugfest. McHugh also issued a pair of walks in that frame as Kansas City extended to a 6-0 lead.When Billy Hamilton (double) and Merrifield (RBI single) reached in succession to open the fourth, McHugh saw his night come to an end. Merrifield later scored when Hunter Dozier added a two-out triple off Astros reliever Chris Devenski.McHugh, who also surrendered a solo home run to Royals designated hitter Jorge Soler with one out in the second, was charged with eight runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts.Merrifield smacked his grand slam off Astros left-hander Framber Valdez with two outs in the seventh and finished 4-for-5 with three runs and five RBIs. The home run was his sixth.
Astros hit three homers in win over Royals
Robinson Chirinos' two-run homer in the sixth inning allowed the Astros to retake the lead, and Houston held on to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 6-4 in the opener of the three-game series on Monday night.Carlos Correa had three hits, including a solo home run, and George Springer doubled, homered and drove in two runs for the Astros, who have won three in a row.Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole (3-4) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. Cole, who leads the majors with 74 strikeouts, fanned nine and didn't walk a batter.Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi hit two-run homers, and Alex Gordon and Dozier each had two hits for the Royals, who have lost five of six.Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis (3-3) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and nine hits while striking out three and walking two.Josh Reddick opened the sixth inning with a single for the Astros. One out later, Chirinos homered to give the hosts a 5-4 lead and end the night for Junis.Will Harris relieved Cole and got the final two outs of the seventh and the first two outs of the eighth before Hector Rondon got Kelvin Gutierrez to ground out with the bases loaded to end the eighth.Springer doubled home Chirinos in the eighth to stretch the lead to 6-4 for closer Roberto Osuna, who recorded his eighth save with a perfect ninth.
Dixon's walk-off blast lifts Tigers over Royals
Brandon Dixon blasted a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the host Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.Dixon's two-out smash to right field was his first home run in the American League. He hit five for Cincinnati last year in his rookie season.Nicholas Castellanos and Niko Goodrum reached on infield singles prior to Dixon's home run off Ian Kennedy (0-1). Dixon entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter.Buck Farmer (2-2) recorded one out to gain the victory. Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each had two hits and an RBI. Jeimer Candelario reached base for the 18th consecutive game with two walks.Hunter Dozier homered for the Royals and Kelvin Gutierrez drove in their other run. Ryan O'Hearn added three hits.Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull gave up one run on six hits in seven innings and struck out seven. Kansas City's Brad Keller allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking five.Kansas City scored a run in the second inning. Jorge Soler led off with a double. O'Hearn then ripped a single, moving Soler to third, and Gutierrez knocked him in with a single.
Royals explode for season-high 15 runs in trouncing Tigers
Alex Gordon had three hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs as the visiting Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 15-3 on Saturday.Whit Merrifield also homered as the Royals set season highs in runs and hits (19).Rookie Kelvin Gutierrez had his first career four-hit game, Jorge Soler had three hits and two RBIs, and Adalberto Mondesi had two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Royals evened the series.Kansas City starter Homer Bailey (3-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over six effective innings. He struck out four and walked two while bouncing back from consecutive losses.Jeimer Candelario and Ronny Rodriguez homered for the Tigers.Tyson Ross (1-4), making his first start in 10 days after returning from paternity leave, didn't make it through the second inning. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings while absorbing his third straight loss.Detroit pitchers issued 10 walks.The Royals jumped on Ross for four runs in the first.
Boyd, Tigers hold off Royals 4-3
Miguel Cabrera had three hits and an RBI, Matthew Boyd struck out nine over seven innings, and the host Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday.Ronny Rodriguez had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs for the Tigers, while Nicholas Castellanos scored twice. Boyd (3-2) gave up two runs on five hits, while Shane Greene recorded his 13th save in as many opportunities despite allowing a Jorge Soler homer.Soler paced Kansas City's attack with three hits and two RBIs. Jorge Lopez (0-3) gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings.Detroit began a six-game homestand and a stretch of 16 out of 20 games at Comerica Park.The Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first. Jeimer Candelario, who has reached safely in 16 consecutive games, walked on four pitches and moved up on Castellanos' single. Cabrera knocked in Candelario with a single and Castellanos scored on Rodriguez's fielder's choice. Rodriguez advanced to third on Gordon Beckham's single and scored on a wild pitch.Detroit tacked on a run in the third. Castellanos led off with a walk, moved up on a Cabrera single and scored on Rodriguez's double.
Rays split series with 3-1 Victory over Royals
Brandon Lowe hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off Wily Peralta to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the host Kansas City Royals on Thursday.The win enabled the Rays to split the four-game series with the Royals after Tampa Bay came into the series having won 10 of 11 games against the Royals.Peralta (2-2) took the loss. Adam Kolarek (2-0) pitched 2/3 of an inning to claim the win. Diego Castillo pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save in as many chances.The Royals welcomed 22,343 fans, their second largest home crowd of the season, at "School Day at the K" at Kauffman Stadium.Both starters were good, though neither factored in the decision. Danny Duffy allowed one run on six hits through six innings for the Royals, walking one and striking out six. Charlie Morton was even better. He allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk.For the first time in the seven-game season series, neither team scored in the first inning. The Royals got on the board in the third when Martin Maldonado beat out an infield hit. He scored on Whit Merrifield's triple to the gap in right center. Maldonado is now 7-for-13 against Morton in his career.
Royals sweep Rays in blowout of Game 2
The Kansas City Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader.The Royals did the same thing in the first game and held on for a 3-2 victory. It was the Royals first doubleheader sweep since July 7, 2015, also against the Rays.The Rays had won 11 of 12 games against the Royals coming into the day.Glenn Sparkman (1-1), who took the 26th roster spot because of the doubleheader, picked up his first major league win. He pitched seven shutout innings, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out six.Reigning Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (2-3) took the loss. He allowed seven runs on six hits in three-plus innings, as the Royals knocked him out in the fourth inning for the second straight game. He went 3 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss on April 24.The seven runs allowed Wednesday mark a major league worst for Snell. He had allowed six runs three times.The Royals got to Snell quickly. Just like he did in the first game, Whit Merrifield led off the first inning with a double. He was balked to third and scored on Jorge Soler's two-out single. Kelvin Gutierrez then hit his first major league home run off the right field foul pole.
Royals edge Rays in first game of DH
The Kansas City Royals scored three runs in the first inning and made them stand for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a doubleheader in Kansas City.Tuesday's game was rained out and the forecast for Wednesday evening was for more rain, leading to an early start.Jakob Junis (3-2) picked up his second straight win against the Rays. He allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He defeated the Rays on April 24 in Tampa.Ian Kennedy pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his second save in three chances.Ryne Stanek (0-1), who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Stilwell, Kan., took the loss. He gave up three runs on three hits in one inning pitched. It was the second straight game -- separated by the rainout -- that Stanek "opened" for the Rays. It didn't go nearly as well as it did Monday, when he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.For the first time in five games this season against the Royals, the Rays did not score in the first inning. That was a nice change for the Royals, but not as nice as the bottom of the first, when they roughed up Stanek.
Rays-Royals postponed Tuesday, doubleheader Wednesday
Tuesday night's game between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to heavy rains expected in the Kansas City, Mo., area.The teams will make it up with a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday, with the first game starting at 1:15 p.m. ET and the second game starting 45 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.Fans with tickets for Wednesday's regular scheduled game can attend both contests. Fans with tickets for Tuesday's postponed game will have to exchange them for another date on the 2019 calendar.
Rays stay dominant over Royals
Yandy Diaz had a pair of RBI singles as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-5 Monday in Kansas City.It was Tampa Bay's 11th victory in the last 12 games against the Royals.Yonny Chirinos (4-0) picked up the win for Tampa Bay. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on just two hits. He struck out four and walked one.Brad Keller (2-3) suffered his second loss to the Rays in as many outings. He struggled with his control all evening, and lasted only five innings. He gave up five runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out one.For the fourth time in four games this season against the Royals, the Rays scored in the first inning. Ji-Man Choi drew a two-out walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk. Choi scored on a single by Diaz.The Rays tacked on three more runs in the second. Kevin Kiermaier was hit by a pitch with one out. He advanced to third on a single by Daniel Robertson. Michael Perez doubled in Kiermaier. One out later Tommy Pham's triple scored two and the Rays led 4-0.Rays "opener" Ryne Stanek, who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Stilwell, Kan., pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings before being replaced by Chirinos.
Pujols passes Bonds as Angels, Harvey top Royals
Matt Harvey pitched seven strong innings and Albert Pujols passed another legend as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Royals 7-3 Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.Harvey (1-2) gave up just one run on two hits, and the run scored without the benefit of a hit. It was Harvey's longest outing since Aug. 11, 2018, when he pitched seven innings against Arizona in a no-decision.For the second time in three games, Pujols passed a baseball icon in a career statistic. With a two-run double in the first, Pujols passed Barry Bonds for third place all time with 1,997 RBIs. Pujols had moved into fourth on Friday, passing Lou Gehrig. He passed Babe Ruth on April 20.It was the first rubber game of the season for Kansas City. The Royals have won only two series, and won the first two games of both of those series.Homer Bailey (2-3) struggled early, surrendering all six hits and four runs to the first 13 batters he faced. He retired the last 10, but the Royals couldn't mount much offense against Harvey.The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the first. Pujols' double slipped just under the glove of third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez. Tommy LaStella drove in the Angels' third run with a groundout.
Dozier a triple threat as Royals rip Angels
Hunter Dozier had a pair of two-run triples, and the Kansas City Royals scored six runs in the third inning en route to a 9-4 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. The Royals had a season-high 15 hits.Dozier had career highs with four hits and four RBIs for the Royals. He is the first designated hitter with two triples in a game since David Ortiz did it on July 22, 2004.Scott Barlow (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Reliever Jaime Barria (2-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 1 2/3 innings.The Angels had a lead two batters into the game. Kole Calhoun doubled to the gap in left-center to start the game. He scored when Mike Trout doubled to right field. With one out, Albert Pujols hit a sharp grounder to third. Kelvin Gutierrez turned his first major league chance into a 5-4-3 double play. Royals starter Jorge Lopez was helped by inning-ending double plays in the first and second innings.The Royals got a run in the bottom of the second. Ryan O'Hearn led off with a double. He scored on a bloop single to left by Martin Maldonado.The Royals got five runs before Barria recorded an out in the third. Dozier ripped a two-run triple, the Royals' major league-leading 13th triple of the season. Dozier scored on O'Hearn's single. Jorge Soler then got an "excuse-me" double against the shift that barely left the infield. The hit had an exit velocity of 60 mph.
Pujols moves past Gehrig as Angels down Royals
Albert Pujols continued to move up the career RBI list, passing Lou Gehrig for fourth place all-time in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-1 victory over the Royals Friday in Kansas City. Pujols stands one behind Barry Bonds for third place with 1,995 RBIs. Only two players (Hank Aaron, 2,297; and Alex Rodriguez, 2,086) have driven in at least 2,000 runs.Tyler Skaggs (2-2) continued his mastery of the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Skaggs allowed three hits and no runs in five innings (plus one batter). He now has allowed one earned run in 26 innings (0.35 ERA) in four appearances. He has the best ERA all-time against the Royals at Kauffman (min. 20 innings). In those four starts, the Royals have slugged .227 against him (17-of-88, .193 average, with three doubles).Danny Duffy (0-1), who came off the 10-day injured list for his first start of the season, allowed three runs on five hits in five innings. He struggled in the first inning, giving up two runs and three hits. Pujols took a 2-1 pitch from Duffy and drove it into the fountains in left center, 430 feet away. With the home run, his fourth of the year, he moved past Lou Gehrig into fourth place all-time in RBIs.Duffy threw 50 pitches in the first two innings before settling down.The Angels got another run off Duffy in the fifth on a two-out double by Andrelton Simmons. Richard Lovelady gave up a sacrifice fly to Luis Rengifo in the sixth, his first major league RBI.Skaggs got into a little trouble in the fourth inning with back-to-back two-out singles and a walk. But he struck out Ryan O'Hearn on a 3-2 fastball ending the inning with no damage.
Royals pound Rays to halt five-game slide
The Kansas City Royals snapped a five-game overall losing streak, and a 10-gamer against the Tampa Bay Rays, with a 10-2 victory Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was the first time this season that the Royals have scored 10 runs.Adalberto Mondesi homered and had four RBIs for the Royals, who were 5-14 in a 19-day stretch without a day off. Kansas City is off Thursday.Jakob Junis (2-2) pitched five solid innings, allowing one run on four hits. But he had to leave after taking a line drive off his pitching hand to end the fifth, suffering a contusion. Yandy Diaz scorched one back at Junis, who knocked it down before starting a 1-4-3 double play.Blake Snell (2-2) took the loss for Tampa Bay. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start after coming off the 10-day injured list due to a broken toe on his right foot.Just like the first two games of the series, the Rays scored in the bottom of the first. Brandon Lowe led off with a single to right. He scored on Joey Wendle's two-out double. Wendle later was hit by a pitch, suffering a right wrist fracture.The Royals got a run back in the second. With one out, Terrance Gore singled to left, and Billy Hamilton followed with a slow chopper to third. Hamilton's speed caused a quick throw that eluded Lowe at first, scoring Ryan O'Hearn.With speedsters on the corners and one out, leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield came up. Hamilton broke early and got caught in a rundown. Gore broke from third and got caught in a rundown. The Rays tagged out Gore and then caught Hamilton wandering too far off second.Merrifield led off the third with a solo home run.
Rays extend Royals' misery with 5-2 win
The Tampa Bay Rays chased Kansas City starter Homer Bailey four batters -- and four runs --into the second inning in a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night in Tampa. The Rays have won 10 straight games against the Royals, who have lost five straight overall.The Rays have the best record in baseball at 16-8, while the Royals have the worst record at 7-17. It was just the fourth time in Kansas City's 17 losses that they have not held a lead at some point in the game.The Rays got just 1 1/3 innings from "opener" Ryne Stanek, but that was expected. His longest outing of the season was two innings. The first reliever out of the bullpen, Jalen Beeks (1-0), picked up the win with a season-high 4 2/3 innings. He gave up just two hits and struck out seven.Emilio Pagan, who picked up the major league save Monday, picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth.Bailey (2-2) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up those four runs on three hits and four walks.This game essentially was over early. The Rays jumped on Bailey in the bottom half of the first. Bailey walked the first two batters. He got Yandy Diaz to ground into a double play, but Joey Wendle singled in Brandon Lowe.
Royals RHP Keller drops appeal of suspension
Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension and began serving the penalty on Tuesday.Keller will be eligible for reinstatement on Monday, when he is scheduled to make his next start against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.Keller was suspended after he drilled Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a pitch to his backside in the fourth inning of a game last Wednesday.Anderson had homered off Keller two innings earlier and vividly flipped his bat into the air before beginning to run around the bases. The beaning of Anderson led to both benches clearing.Keller, who was fined an undisclosed amount, said he wants to move on with the situation."It's over with and I didn't want to wait around (any longer)," Keller told reporters before the Royals' Tuesday road game against Tampa Bay. "I figured I would just drop it now and serve the suspension and move on."
Rays beat Royals to halt four-game skid
The Tampa Bay Rays hit for the cycle in the bottom of the seventh on Monday, scoring three runs in the frame en route to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals.Mike Zunino hit a 425-foot, two-run home run to dead center for the key hit in the inning.Wilmer Font (1-0) recorded the final out of the seventh and picked up the victory for the Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Emilio Pagan pitched the ninth to pick up his first major league save.Brad Keller (2-2) took the loss for the Royals, who lost their fourth in a row. He had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first five starts, but he gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.The Royals got on the board in the first on Alex Gordon's fifth home run. Gordon launched a 3-2 sinker 416 feet into the stands in right field. He leads the Royals with 21 RBIs.The Rays came right back with a run in the bottom half of the first. Tommy Pham tripled off the fence in right field and scored on Yandy Diaz's sacrifice fly.Jorge Soler, who was dropped to the seventh spot in the order for the first time this season, put the Royals back on top in the fifth with a solo homer. An inning later, Hunter Dozier extended the lead with a line drive into the seats in left, his club-leading seventh home run.
Romine lifts Yankees past Royals in 10 innings
Austin Romine hit a game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host New York Yankees recorded a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium after blowing a five-run lead in the eighth.Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela opened the inning by drawing walks from Jake Diekman (0-1), who was replaced by Ian Kennedy. After the runners were sacrificed to second and third by pinch hitter Thairo Estrada, Romine won by lifting a flyball over center fielder Billy Hamilton's head.After getting his hit, Romine was mobbed at first base by his teammates.Zack Britton (1-0) nearly was injured and pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. He appeared in pain after diving back to first to complete a pickoff off speedy pinch runner Terrance Gore but stayed in the game after throwing two warmup pitches and struck out the next two hitters.Romine forged a 6-6 tie with a single off Wily Peralta in the eighth that occurred after Chad Green and Adam Ottavino coughed up a 5-0 lead.Green exited after loading the bases and Ottavino allowed a two-run double to Adalberto Mondesi to make it 5-2. Ottavino then allowed a game-tying three-run homer to Gordon and a solo shot to Hunter Dozier on consecutive pitches.Before the wild sequences of the late innings, the Yankees carried a 5-0 lead into the eighth behind the dominance of left-hander James Paxton and a three-run homer by Clint Frazier in the fifth off Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez.Paxton allowed three hits and struck out 12 in six-plus scoreless innings, exiting after allowing the first two hitters of the seventh to reach.The win occurred after Aaron Judge became the 13th Yankees' player to land on the injured list due to a strained left oblique that manager Aaron Boone described as "pretty significant."
Yankees defeat Royals, lose Judge
Aaron Judge homered in the first inning but exited five innings later with a left oblique injury as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.The game was marred by Judge exiting with the injury after hitting a single in the sixth.He appeared to feel something as he swung. He ran gingerly to first base and trainer Steve Donahue immediately popped out of the dugout. After being checked out by Donahue, Judge exited the game and was replaced by Tyler Wade.Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu hit New York's first set of back-to-back homers this season when they homered into the right-center field seats to extend the lead to 6-0.Manager Aaron Boone was not around to see those homers after getting ejected in the third after a three-run home run by Gleyber Torres was overturned by fan interference.Torres' fly ball appeared to have enough to clear the fence but a fan reached over and tried to make a barehanded catch as left fielder Alex Gordon attempted to make a leaping catch.The Royals challenged the call and following a lengthy review to overturn it, Boone raced out of the dugout and was ejected by second base umpire Jerry Meals. Upon being tossed for the fifth time as a manager, Boone briefly argued with first base umpire Ron Kulpa before heading off the field.