Lavarnway's first walk-off hit lifts Pirates past Royals
Journeyman Ryan Lavarnway, in his second major league at-bat this year, hit an RBI single in the 11th inning Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals.It was the second night in a row the Pirates won in their final at-bat.Kansas City tied it 1-1 in the top of the ninth on Hunter Dozier's RBI double.In the bottom of the 11th, Starling Marte led off with an infield single off the glove of reliever Burch Smith (1-6). Josh Bell walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball before Francisco Cervelli struck out.Adam Frazier was intentionally walked to load the bases for Lavarnway, and the pinch hitter smacked the ball into center for his first career walk-off hit.Kyle Crick (3-2) pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 11th.Colin Moran had a pinch-hit homer and right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out a career-high 11 for Pittsburgh (76-74), which won its fourth straight.Kansas City (52-99) has lost three straight and could reach 100 losses in the series finale Wednesday.Neither starter gave up a run. Neither got a decision, either.
Pirates tie Royals in 8th, beat them in 9th
Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single Monday night to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 7-6 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals.After the Pirates tied it with two runs in the eighth, Kevin Kramer walked with two outs in the ninth and Kevin Newman singled to left against right-hander Ben Lively (0-3). Stallings flared a single to left, his third hit, to drive in Kramer.Stallings was playing because No. 1 catcher Francisco Cervelli was a late scratch because of illness.Adam Frazier drove in two with a double for Pittsburgh (75-74).Ryan O'Hearn hit a homer and an RBI double, and Alex Gordon added an RBI double and an RBI single for the Royals (52-98).Pirates starter Joe Musgrove gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings, with four strikeouts and no walks.Edgar Santana (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth.Kansas City rookie Brad Keller allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, with seven strikeouts and one walk.The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the third on Gordon's RBI double to right.
Polanco, Field power Twins past Royals
Jorge Polanco and Johnny Field each had four hits -- including solo home runs -- and two RBIs, to help the visiting Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 Sunday afternoon to salvage one win in the four-game series.Max Kepler and Tyler Austin also hit solo shots for the Twins (68-81), who had 18 hits in ending an eight-game Kauffman Stadium losing streak after winning their first game of the season there May 28. They also ended an eight-game losing streak on the road.Kyle Gibson (8-13) allowed five runs and 11 hits while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 17, ending a four-start losing streak.Adalberto Mondesi was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Royals (52-97), who won the season series 10-9.Kansas City's Jakob Junis allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out three in three-plus innings.The Royals scored twice in the first inning. Mondesi and Alex Gordon singled. Mondesi was caught stealing at third and Gordon went to second. Ryan O'Hearn and Rosell Herrera hit RBI doubles.The Twins scored once in the second on consecutive two-out singles by Field, Chris Gimenez and Polanco.Kepler tied the game on his 19th homer of the season in the third.Austin led off Minnesota's three-run fourth with his 16th home run of the season and Field followed with his seventh. Brian Flynn replaced Junis, allowing a run on singles by Gimenez, Eddie Rosario and Robbie Grossman.
Gordon, Gallagher, lead Royals' rout of Twins
Alex Gordon had three hits and five RBIs to help the Kansas City Royals to a 10-3 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.Cam Gallagher was 4-for-4 with one RBI and Alcides Escobar added three hits and three RBIs for the Royals, who have won the first three games of the four-game series.Royals starter Ian Kennedy (2-8) allowed two runs (one earned), six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings for his first win since April 7, a span of 17 winless outings that included a stint on the disabled list.Twins starter Chase De Jong (0-1) allowed five runs (three earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.The Royals (52-96) scored once in the first after Whit Merrifield led off with a double and eventually scored on Gordon's groundout.The Twins (67-81) tied it in the second when Max Kepler walked, took second on Kennedy's errant pickoff attempt, and scored on Ehire Adrianza's single.The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the second. Jorge Bonifacio singled, moved to second on Rosell Herrera's groundout and scored on Escobar's single.Kansas City scored four runs in the fourth. Herrera singled and Escobar tripled. Escobar scored on a throwing error by third baseman Gregorio Petit on an aborted squeeze attempt.Cam Gallagher did not attempt to bunt a low pitch and catcher Willians Astudillo threw to third and Escobar ran home. Twins manager Paul Molitor, claiming obstruction, and third base coach Gene Glynn were ejected.
Perez's slam in 9th caps Royals' rally past Twins
Salvador Perez hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a dramatic 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.Perez belted a 3-2 slider by Twins' reliever Trevor Hildenberger (4-4) over the fence in left-center for his 26th homer of the season and sixth against Minnesota (67-80), which lost its seventh straight road game.Adalberto Mondesi homered, stole a base and scored three runs, Jorge Bonifacio doubled and had three hits, and Whit Merrifield had two RBIs for Kansas City (51-96). Jason Hammel (3-13), who pitched a scoreless ninth, picked up the win.Robbie Grossman and Willians Astudillo each had three hits and an RBI for Minnesota (67-80). Joe Mauer doubled and had two hits, and Gregorio Petit also had two hits and scored a run for the Twins.Mondesi gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the first when he walked, stole second and then came around to score on a two-out single by Perez. The Royals made it 2-0 an inning later on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Merrifield to drive in Bonifacio, who had singled.An RBI double by Mauer drove in Petit to start to a three-run fifth for the Twins. It was the 598th career extra-base hit for Mauer, passing Tony Oliva for fourth place on the team's all-time list.
Homers lift Royals past Twins, 6-4
Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back homers to highlight a four-run sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.Perez also doubled and Rosell Herrera had two hits and scored a run for Kansas City (50-96). Alex Gordon reached base three times, walking twice and also getting hit by a pitch, and also drove in a run for the Royals.Heath Fillmyer (3-1) gave up four runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six, to pick up the victory. Wily Peralta pitched a hitless ninth to earn his 11 th save.Alan Busenitz (4-1) gave up both homers and allowed three runs without retiring a batter to suffer his first loss of the season, and Jake Cave homered and had two hits for Minnesota (67-79) which lost its sixth consecutive game at Kauffman Stadium.The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Robbie Grossman led off with a double to right and then scored on Cave's 11 th homer of the season, a 424-drive to right-center.Kansas City cut it to 2-1 in the fifth when Whit Merrifield walked with two outs and then came around to score when shortstop Jorge Polanco muffed Adalberto Mondesi's grounder for an error.The Royals received five walks over the first five innings, but didn't get their first hit until the four-run sixth when Hunter Dozier led off with a double to left off Busenitz.
Anderson's 12th-inning HR leads White Sox past Royals
Tim Anderson slugged a two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning to lift the visiting Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.Jose Rondon also hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who halted a seven-game losing streak.Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for Kansas City. The Royals had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.Adam Engel singled with one out in the 12th off Royals right-hander Burch Smith (1-5). One out later, Anderson came to the plate and sent a 1-0 fastball over the wall in left-center field for his 19th homer.Chicago right-hander Juan Minaya (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, and left-hander Hector Santiago worked a perfect 12th for his second save.Kansas City missed a chance to win the game in the 11th inning when Rosell Herrera lined into an inning-ending double play.Salvador Perez lined a one-out double to left field off Minaya and was replaced by pinch runner Brett Phillips. Alcides Escobar followed by drawing a walk, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.Herrera then hit a soft liner at Anderson, who threw to third base to easily double off Phillips.White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon gave up two runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked five.
Keller, Royals double up White Sox, 6-3
Rookie right-hander Brad Keller gave up just one run in seven innings, and Hunter Dozier drove in two runs as the host Kansas City Royals knocked off the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.Keller (8-6), who was making his 18th start after moving into the Royals' rotation in late May, allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six.Keller had the White Sox hitting grounders most of the night, inducing 13 ground balls. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters to face him in winning for the fourth time in his past five decisions.After falling behind in the top of the third, the Royals came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Whit Merrifield (single), Adalberto Mondesi (bunt single) and Alex Gordon (sacrifice fly) drove in the runs.Merrifield, who began the night third in the American League in hits, collected two hits to give him 168 for the season. He also scored twice.Kansas City added a run in the fourth on a triple by Ryan O'Hearn and a double by Jorge Bonifacio, and the Royals chased Chicago starter Dylan Covey with two in the fifth. Dozier greeted reliever Ryan Burr with a two-run single.
Royals top White Sox in 10 innings on bunt, errant throw
Alcides Escobar had two RBIs without a hit, including the game-winning sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Monday in the first of a three-game series between the American League Central rivals at Kauffman Stadium.Brian Goodwin opened the 10th inning with a double to the right field corner and was at second when Escobar bunted to Chicago reliever Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez tried to get the out at third and instead threw the ball away, allowing Goodwin to score the winning run on fielder's choice.Jake Newberry (2-0), the third of three Kansas City pitchers, got the win after an inning of no-hit, one-strikeout relief.Gomez (0-2) took the loss for the White Sox.Neither starting pitcher -- Lucas Giolito for Chicago nor Jakob Junis for the Royals -- figured into the decision, even though both pitched well enough to win.Giolito allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out three.Junis one-upped him by throwing eight innings of three-run, seven-hit baseball in which he fanned five and did not walk a batter.
Astudillo's walk-off HR gives Twins 3-1 win over Royals
Catcher Willians Astudillo hit a two-run walk-off homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis.It was just the 10th hit and third homer of the major league career for the 26-year-old Astudillo, who clobbered a 1-0 hanging slider off reliever Jason Hammel (2-13) deep into the bleachers in left-center field.Max Kepler preceded Astudillo's homer with a line double down the right field line. Robbie Grossman also doubled and scored a run for the Twins, who won for just the second time in eight games. Trevor Hildenberger (4-3) picked up the win.Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals, who finished with just three hits off four Twins pitchers.Minnesota, which managed just a Grossman single in a 4-1 loss to the Royals on Saturday night that saw Jorge Lopez pitch eight perfect innings, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Grossman led off with a line double to center, went to third on a groundout by Jake Cave and scored on a single to right by Ehire Adrianza.
Rosario, Adrianza power Twins past Royals
Eddie Rosario homered, and Ehire Adrianza had three hits and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.Logan Forsythe scored three runs, Jake Cave had two hits and scored two runs and Jorge Polanco and Rosario also each had two hits for the Twins, who improved to 6-1 against Kansas City at Target Field this season.Trevor May (4-1) picked up the win with two shutout innings in relief, allowing three hits while striking out two.Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Alex Gordon had a two-run double and Jorge Bonifacio went 3-for-4, scored a run and had an RBI for Kansas City, which lost its third straight game. Glenn Sparkman (0-3), who gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief, took the loss.After Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-run, bases-loaded, bloop single by Adrianza, Kansas City chased Twins starter Stephen Gonsalves with a six-run third highlighted by a two-run double to right by Gordon, an RBI single by Bonifacio and capped by a three-run blast by Perez into the bullpen in left-center off reliever Alan Busenitz.It was the 24th homer of the season for Perez and also the 17th of his career at Target Field, the most by any visiting player.
Diaz's first homer helps Indians down Royals
Yandy Diaz rapped his first major league homer and also tripled among his three hits, and Mike Clevinger gave up just one run and three hits while striking out 10 in six innings as the host Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Tuesday night.Clevinger (11-7) lowered his ERA to 3.11 while allowing only a solo home run to Alex Gordon. Kansas City had its six-game winning streak snapped.Diaz, the Indians' designated hitter, scored three runs and drove in two.Francisco Lindor also homered for Cleveland, his 31st. Jose Ramirez doubled, walked twice and scored three runs, and Jason Kipnis had two hits and drove in two runs as the Indians, runaway leaders in the American League Central, ended a three-game losing streak.Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who has struggled mightily this season against the Indians, had a particularly painful night. He lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs and four hits, among them Lindor's home run to lead off the game.After facing seven batters, Duffy (8-12) left with what was later announced as tightness in his pitching shoulder. He dealt with a shoulder impingement earlier in the season.Melky Cabrera and Kipnis also had first-inning RBIs for the Indians, who added three more runs in the second on a double by Ramirez, for his 96th RBI of the season, a sacrifice fly by Edwin Encarnacion (his 93rd RBI) and an RBI single by Brandon Guyer.Gordon's 11th home run of the season led off the Kansas City fourth inning, but Kipnis drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the inning, and Diaz homered with two outs in the fifth to increase the lead to 8-1.
Kluber first to 18 wins as Indians outlast Royals
Cleveland's Corey Kluber allowed a run on just two hits to become the first 18-game winner in the major leagues, and Edwin Encarnacion's fifth-inning RBI groundout produced the deciding run as the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland.Kluber struck out 10 and walked just one in 6 2/3 innings of work, leaving with a runner at first base in the seventh. Oliver Perez struck out the Royals' Brian Goodwin to end the inning.Kluber (18-7, 2.75 ERA) retired Kansas City's first 10 batters and ended up with five three up, three down innings. He is on the short list of candidates to win the Cy Young Award, going 6-1 in his past eight starts. He is a two-time Cy Young winner.Cody Allen struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning, and Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 32nd save and give the Indians the rubber game of a three-game series between the American League Central rivals.The Indians did just enough to beat Kansas City, ripping 10 hits off Royals' starter, and loser, Brad Keller (7-6). Keller pitched into the eighth, leaving with two runners on and no-out in favor of Brian Flynn, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Jason Kipnis that drove home Yonder Alonso and provided the Indians a key insurance run.In four starts against Kansas City this year, Kluber is 3-1. Wednesday's performance atoned for his last outing against the Royals, a 7-1 loss on Aug. 25 in which he gave up five runs and nine hits.
Royals' Duffy exits due to shoulder tightness
Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy left his Tuesday night start at Cleveland in the first inning due to tightness in his pitching shoulder, the team announced later in the game.Duffy dealt with a shoulder impingement injury earlier this season.The 29-year-old veteran, who began the night 0-3 against the Indians with a 10.80 ERA this season, gave up a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the first. He exited after Jason Kipnis singled six batters later to increase Cleveland's lead to 3-0.
Junis, O'Hearn power Royals past Indians
Jakob Junis pitched seven scoreless innings and Ryan O'Hearn hit two home runs, leading the visiting Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in an AL Central battle on Monday afternoon.The last-place Royals have won six games in a row and eight of nine. The first-place Indians have lost three straight.All five Royals runs were scored on homers, including shots by Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier.Junis (8-12) allowed two hits -- both singles -- and no walks, striking out six batters for his second straight win. After struggling in June and July with ERAs over 7.00 in both months, Junis went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in August and has now carried that forward into September.O'Hearn, a rookie first baseman from Texas, went 3-for-4 with one double, the two homers, two runs scored and three RBIs. He has nine homers since making his major league debut on July 31, and this was his first two-blast game. He also homered in his first major league game.Adam Plutko (4-5) took the loss, allowing seven hits, no walks and four runs in six innings, striking out eight.Kansas City opened the scoring in the second, when Bonifacio hit his second homer of the season, pulling a line drive to left on a high fastball.
Royals rout Orioles for fifth straight win
Kansas City designated hitter Whit Merrifield had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base while extending his on-base streak to a career-high 22 games and right-hander Jorge Lopez struck out a career-high eight in the Royals' 9-1 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI apiece and Jorge Bonifacio had two hits and an RBI as the Royals won their fifth in a row and seventh in their last eight, both season bests.Lopez (1-3) gave up five hits and one run in seven innings and did not walk a batter in his first victory since September, 2015, when he was with Milwaukee. He was acquired from the Brewers in the Mike Moustakas trade deadline deal in July.Jonathan Villar homered and Chris Davis and Joey Rickard had two hits apiece for the Orioles, who have lost three in a row and 11 of their last 14. Baltimore (40-97) has both the worst home and road records in the majors and is on pace to lose 114 games.Villar homered with two outs in the first inning for a 1-0 lead, the only run off Lopez. Bonifacio, Brett Phillips and Escobar singled to tie the game at 1 in the last of the inning.Baltimore committed three errors when the Royals took a 4-1 lead with a three-run third. Merrifield singled, stole second, went to third on Gordon's single and scored on Hess's errant pickoff throw to first base. Bonifacio doubled in Gordon, and Bonifacio scored on throwing errors by Hess and second baseman Villar on the same play, a pickoff attempt at second.
Merrifield's blast gives Royals walk-off win
Kansas City left fielder Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, walk-off homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the host Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on Friday.Brett Phillips, who also homered, drew a walk against Mychal Givens (0-7) to open the ninth and took second on a sacrifice bunt to bring Merrifield to the plate. Merrifield has reached safely in 21 straight games, and the Royals have won six of their last seven.Tim Beckham had four hits including a homer and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who had taken the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth inning.Mancini opened the eighth with his 21st home run of the season and Beckham doubled in the go-ahead run after Adam Jones singled. Mancini has nine homers and 24 RBIs since the All-Star break.Beckham, who hit his 10th homer in the fourth inning, finished a triple short of a cycle.Brian Goodwin had three hits and an RBI and Phillips had two hits as the Royals won their third consecutive series, a season first.Baltimore (40-96) and Kansas City (44-91) have the two worst records in the majors. The Orioles have the worst road record, 16-52, and the Royals have the worst home record, 24-45.Baltimore loaded the bases in the second inning off Heath Fillmyer on singles by Chris Davis, Beckham and Renato Nunez before John Andreoli hit a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Rookie O'Hearn drives in 4 as Royals club Orioles
Kansas City first baseman Ryan O'Hearn homered and drove in four RBIs and Hunter Dozier and Cam Gallagher also homered to lead the Royals to a 9-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on Friday.Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored three times, Adalberto Mondesi also had two of the Royals' 14 hits, and right-hander Brad Keller (7-5) won his third consecutive decision for the Royals, who won for the fifth time in six games. The Royals have scored at least five runs in six straight games for the first time since 2016.Rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins had two of Baltimore's four hits, including a game-opening homer, as the Orioles had their three-game winning streak broken.The Royals (91 losses) and Orioles (94 losses) have the two worst records in the majors, on an inexorable path to 100 losses. The Royals have the worst home record in the majors at 23-45, and Baltimore has the worst road record, 16-51.Keller, a rookie, gave up four hits and two runs, with four strikeouts and two walks. He tied a career high by going eight innings.Merrifield also drove in a run, and he extended his on-base streak to 20 games with a first-inning double. He is 28-for-77 in that stretch, with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.Baltimore right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-13) gave up nine hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings, with one strikeout and three walks. He is one three Orioles' pitchers with at least 13 losses.Mullins, who also doubled, hit the second pitch of the game for his third homer of the season to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Rookie Mullins is hitting .317 with nine extra-base hits, including six doubles, since his Aug. 10 debut
Rockies acquire C Butera from Royals
The Colorado Rockies acquired catcher Drew Butera and cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-hander Jerry Vasto, both teams announced on Friday.The 35-year-old Butera is batting .188 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 51 games this season.Butera, who was the backup to Royals star Salvador Perez, has a .201 career average with 18 homers in 487 games over nine seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Royals. He joined Kansas City in 2015.The Royals recalled catcher Cam Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha. The club also activated outfielder Brian Goodwin (groin) off the disabled list.Kansas City optioned Vasto to Omaha. He appeared in one game for the Rockies earlier this season and gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Mondesi shines as Royals pound Tigers
Adalberto Mondesi tripled, homered and tied his career high with four RBIs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 pounding of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday afternoon.Mondesi's homer was his sixth of the season. Alex Gordon hit his 10th homer, a two-run blast.Drew Butera had a pair of doubles while scoring a run and driving in another. Brett Phillips drove in two runs and scored one as the bottom three hitters in the Royals' lineup had seven RBIs.Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (8-11) gave up just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six in six innings. He had lost his previous two starts this season against Detroit while giving up 13 earned runs.Tigers starter Michael Fulmer surrendered seven runs on eight hits, including seven for extra bases, in 3 2/3 innings. Fulmer (3-10) was making his second start since the All-Star break after recovering from an oblique strain.Mikie Mahtook drove in both Tigers runs, including a solo homer.Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias departed in the fourth with a lower abdominal strain.The Tigers scratched out a run in the first. Iglesias smacked a one-out single, advanced on Niko Goodrum's walk and scored on Mahtook's two-out single.