Astros blast Royals to complete three-game sweep
Josh Reddick had five hits and three RBIs as the Houston Astros defeated the host Kansas City Royals 12-3 to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.Abraham Toro also drove in three runs for Houston.The Astros (98-53) are tied with the Yankees for the best record in baseball.Wade Miley (14-5), who hadn't gotten out of the first inning in his past two starts, got back on the winning track. He allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.Kansas City starter Jakob Junis (9-14) allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.Kansas City's Jorge Soler, who has smashed the franchise record with 44 home runs this season, put the Royals on the board in the first with his first triple of the season, scoring Adalberto Mondesi.The lead didn't last long as Yuli Gurriel launched a 414-foot home run to lead off the second. Toro then put the Astros ahead with an RBI single, scoring Josh Reddick. With two outs, Michael Brantley singled in Aledmys Diaz with the Astros' third run.Toro added a two-run double in the third to extend the Astros' lead to 5-1.
Astros' Greinke beats Royals for 1st time, makes history
Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings to become the 19th pitcher to defeat all 30 major league teams, as the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Saturday night.Kyle Tucker had four hits, including the go-ahead single in the sixth inning for the Astros.Houston (97-53) saw its magic number to clinch the American League West reduced to six, pending Oakland's game at Texas later Saturday. Houston came into the day with a 7 1/2-game lead over the A's.Greinke (16-5) allowed one run on six hits. The former Royals first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2002 struck out seven and didn't walk anyone. He is the third Astro to reach 16 wins this season.Mike Montgomery (3-9) took the loss. He gave up two runs on five hits in five-plus innings. He struck out one and walked five.The Royals opened the scoring in the third inning, as Whit Merrifield drove home Nicky Lopez with an RBI double to the wall in left center. Lopez was originally ruled out at the plate, but the call was reversed after the Royals challenged. Merrifield went to third on the throw and was there with no outs, but Greinke retired the next three hitters and stranded him.Alex Bregman tied it in the fourth with his 36th home run, just over Alex Gordon's glove and into the first row in left field. The Astros put runners on second and third with one out, but Montgomery retired the next two batters.
Cole, Springer carry Astros past Royals
Gerrit Cole showed why he is one of the front-runners for the American League Cy Young Award by pitching eight solid innings as the Houston Astros defeated the host Kansas City Royals 4-1 Friday night.George Springer's three-run home run in the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie.Cole (17-5) allowed one unearned run on four hits in eight innings, with two walks and 11 strikeouts. It was the 18th time he's reached double figures in strikeouts this year, and he leads the major leagues with 292 K's.The 11 strikeouts were the fewest in his past four startsCole remains undefeated since May, winning his past 13 decisions. In that stretch, he's carried a 1.85 ERA, bringing his season mark from 4.11 to the current 2.62.Roberto Osuna pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 33rd save in 39 chances.Kansas City reliever Heath Fillmyer (0-2) gave up three runs while getting two outs in the ninth inning.Royals starter Danny Duffy allowed only a Jose Altuve solo home run over six innings. He gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six. He used 54 pitches in the first two innings, which was the primary reason he didn't reach the late innings.
Royals pound 5 homers to beat White Sox
Jorge Soler had four hits, including his 42nd and 43rd home runs, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the host Chicago White Sox 8-6 on Wednesday night.The Royals clubbed five home runs in the game. The first 19 runs of the series came via the home run.Glenn Sparkman (4-11) picked up the win. He allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. It was the first time in four starts that Sparkman lasted at least five innings.Ian Kennedy recorded his 28th save in 32 chances for Kansas City (54-92).Reynaldo L�pez (9-13) took the loss. He gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six but was victimized by four home runs.Soler took advantage of a tail wind on an unseasonably warm evening in the first inning. His exit velocity was 98.6 mph, and the ball traveled just 366 feet, but it was enough to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.As they did in Tuesday's game, Chicago (64-81) came right back in the bottom of the first on an opposite-field home run by Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez' home run on Tuesday was a grand slam, while Wednesday's was a three-run shot.Coming into the series, Jimenez had one home run and five RBIs in the first inning. Through two games in this series, he has two home runs and seven RBIs in the first.
Dozier, Soler go deep as Royals down White Sox
Hunter Dozier stroked a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 win over the host Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs while Dozier added a double for the Royals (55-92), who won for the fourth time in six games. Kansas City captured the last two games of the three-game series.Royals starter Jorge Lopez (4-7) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.Yoan Moncada went 3-for-5, and James McCann and Tim Anderson contributed two-hit outings for the White Sox (64-82), who stranded 12 men on base.Lucas Giolito (14-9) struck out 12 in six innings, but four of the five runs he allowed came via home runs. He yielded five hits and one walk.Soler started the day two homers behind American League leader Mike Trout, and he immediately slashed that deficit in half. The 27-year-old slugger swatted a fastball from Giolito out to left-center with one out in the first for his 44th home run and third in two days.Erick Mejia pushed the lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second for his first major league RBI.Chicago's Moncada and Jose Abreu reached bases on singles in the third, and both moved up a base on a passed ball. Jimenez drove in Moncada with an infield hit to make it 2-1. However, second baseman Whit Merrifield recovered and threw out Abreu at the plate for the third out.
White Sox clobber Royals in battle of home runs
Yoan Moncada had three hits, including one of Chicago's three home runs, as the White Sox defeated the Royals 7-3 Tuesday night.The Royals also hit three home runs, but they were all solo shots, while Chicago had a grand slam from Eloy Jimenez and Moncada's two-run shot.All 10 of the game's runs came on homers.The long balls began almost from the outset, with eight runs scoring in the first two innings on five home runs. But both starting pitchers settled down before leaving in the sixth inning.Ivan Nova (10-12) picked up the win. He gave up all three of the Royals' home runs and allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five without a walk.Jakob Junis (9-13) took the loss. He allowed two home runs, but one of them was Jimenez's slam. In five innings, he surrendered five runs on six hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.The scoring started when Adalberto Mondesi jumped on Nova in the first with a one-out home run.
Marlins' Alcantara fires four-hit shutout vs. Royals
Sandy Alcantara pitched a four-hit shutout and every position player had at least one hit as the Miami Marlins avoided a sweep by beating the visiting Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Sunday.Alcantara (5-12) didn't allow a leadoff batter to reach until the eighth inning, when he got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam with a double-play grounder to shortstop.The Royals had outscored the Marlins 10-2 in the first two games of the series.Alcantara, a 2019 All-Star, struck out eight and walked two while throwing 94 pitches. It was his best start since a two-hit shutout against the New York Mets on May 19.Mike Montgomery (3-8) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings.One day after being shut out for the 21st time this season -- the most in the majors in the past 11 years -- the Marlins scored in the first with a one-out home run by Starlin Castro. The Marlins loaded the bases against Montgomery with one out, but Martin Prado grounded into a double play to end the inning.The Marlins got four more runs in the fourth.
Six-run inning lifts Royals over Marlins
Ryan McBroom's three-run double capped a six-run seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the host Miami Marlins 7-2 Saturday night.After the Royals did little anything against Marlins starter Caleb Smith, who scattered four hits and struck out eight with two walks in six innings, they unloaded against Miami's bullpen in the seventh.Bubba Starling led off with an infield single off of Adam Conley, and pinch hitter Cheslor Cuthbert walked. Whit Merrifield blooped a single into left field, and when Austin Dean bobbled the ball, Starling scored to tie the game at 1-1.Adalberto Mondesi struck out against Ryne Stanek, but Cuthbert advanced to third on a wild pitch with Jorge Soler at the plate. When Starlin Castro couldn't field catcher Jorge Alfaro's throw trying to get Cuthbert, Merrifield advanced to second. Soler was walked intentionally before Hunter Dozier singled in Cuthbert. Alex Gordon then walked on four pitches, forcing in a run, before McBroom hit a Stanek fastball down the right field line to clear the bases.Starter Danny Duffy (6-6) picked up the win for Kansas City, despite battling his control. He gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts, but also walked four in his six innings. Tim Hill pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his first save of the season and the third of his career.Conley (2-8) took the loss. He allowed all three batters he faced in the seventh to reach base, and all three scored. Stanek also allowed three runs in his one-third of an inning.
Royals’ Lopez outduels counterpart, Marlins
In just the second Lopez versus Lopez starting-pitcher matchup in major league history, it was the Royals' Jorge Lopez who excelled as Kansas City defeated Pablo Lopez and the host Miami Marlins 3-0 on Friday night.Jorge Lopez (3-7) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and no walks, striking out five.Pablo Lopez -- no relation -- allowed eight hits, no walks and two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six as his record dropped to 5-8.The Royals were also led by Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn, all of whom went 2-for-4.Merrifield, who had an RBI single and also threw a runner out at the plate, is batting .307. He is 6-for-9 in his past two games.Dozier hit a solo homer for his 25th dinger of the year, and O'Hearn had an RBI double.Three Royals relievers each pitched one scoreless inning - Kevin McCarthy, Scott Barlow and Ian Kennedy (27th save).Kansas City opened the scoring in the third. Meibrys Viloria singled, advanced on Jorge Lopez's sacrifice bunt and scored on Merrifield's two-out, opposite-field hit to right.
Royals' Soler adds to homer tally in win over Tigers
Jorge Soler homered for the second consecutive night, bashing his 40th of the season, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Wednesday night.The Royals are no longer the only team in Major League Baseball without a player ever to hit 40 home runs in a year.One night after breaking the club's single-season homer record, Soler caromed one off the Royals Hall of Fame beyond the left field wall. The exit velocity off his bat was 115 mph.Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon each had three hits for Kansas City.Royals starter Jakob Junis (9-12) had one bad inning in which he gave up three runs on four hits, but otherwise he was stellar. He allowed a total of four runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances. One night after blowing his first save in his last 15 opportunities, he tossed a perfect inning.Detroit's Edwin Jackson (3-9) gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings. He walked one and fanned three.The Tigers rocked Junis for three runs in the second inning on four straight hits. Christin Stewart led off with a single, and Jeimer Candelario followed with a double, sending Stewart to third. Harold Castro drove in both runners with a double, and he scored on a single by Dawel Lugo.
Tigers halt slide with win over Royals
Harold Castro's three hits led a 11-hit attack as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Royals 6-4 on Thursday in Kansas City. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak, and won the season series 10-9.The Tigers overcame a 3-0 deficit, their largest comeback victory in 2019.Victor Reyes (nine games) and Jordy Mercer (eight games) extended their hitting streaks with two apiece for the Tigers.Matthew Boyd (8-10) was the winning pitcher. He threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.Joe Jimenez picked up his fifth save in six chances.Glenn Sparkman (3-11) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings.Outfielder Erick Mejia and left-hander Gabe Speier made their major league debuts in Thursday's game for the Royals.Kansas City got their three runs in the second off Boyd. Whit Merrifield stroked his second double in as many innings, driving in Cheslor Cuthbert and Nick Dini. Adalberto Mondesi followed with an RBI double.The Tigers answered with a run in the third. Mercer led off with a double to the wall in left center and scored on Castro's second single of the afternoon.
Soler breaks K.C. homer record in win over Tigers
Jorge Soler broke the Kansas City single-season home run record with his 39th of the season, and Ryan O'Hearn hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning to give the Royals a 6-5 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.Soler hammered a three-run shot in the third inning, passing Mike Moustakas' previous club record set in 2017.O'Hearn won it with his first career walk-off home run, a one-out shot off Zac Reininger (0-1).Kansas City's Ian Kennedy blew a save for the first time in 15 chances when he allowed an RBI single to Ronny Rodriguez in the top of the ninth. However, Alex Gordon's throw from left to the plate was in time to keep Willi Castro from scoring the go-ahead run on the play.Kennedy (2-2) emerged with the win despite allowing a run on three hits in his lone inning.The Tigers got a run in the third on an RBI single by Grayson Greiner, scoring Travis Demeritte. Victor Reyes then singled, setting up a potential big inning, but the Tigers' offense stalled.The Royals answered with three in the third on Soler's blast, scoring Nick Dini and Whit Merrifield. Soler reached 100 RBIs on the season, the first Royal to reach that total since Eric Hosmer in 2016.
Mondesi has four hits as Royals rally to defeat Orioles
Meibrys Viloria drove home Alex Gordon with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.Viloria's key hit came after Gordon had driven in Adalberto Mondesi with the tying run. Whit Merrifield's home run in the ninth gave the Royals an insurance run.Mondesi matched a career high with four hits after being activated from the 10-day Injured list earlier Sunday. He also stole three bases after missing the previous 41 games with a left shoulder subluxation.Kevin McCarthy (3-2) picked up the win for the Royals with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances, including 23 of his last 24.Paul Fry (1-7) took the loss after being charged with a run while failing to record an out.In his return from the injured list, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Merrifield, Royals sneak past sloppy Orioles
Whit Merrifield's sacrifice fly in the eighth drove home the go-ahead run as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Saturday night.The Royals loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, thanks to some help from the Orioles. Meibrys Viloria bunted for a single. Brett Phillips tried to sacrifice him to second, but Viloria beat the throw. Nicky Lopez then tried to bunt both runners over, but catcher Chance Sisco's throw was wild at third.Merrifield drove home the go-ahead run with his second sacrifice fly of the night. Hunter Dozier picked up an RBI with a groundout. Both runs in the inning were unearned.Scott Barlow (3-3) picked up the win for Kansas City. He pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings, striking out two.Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.Paul Fry (1-6) didn't retire a batter in the eighth and was the losing pitcher.Bubba Starling opened the scoring for the Royals with a leadoff home run in the second. The ball traveled 382 feet, or approximately 35 miles and 382 feet from his boyhood home of Gardner, Kan. It was Starling's first career home run at Kauffman Stadium.Anthony Santander tied it for the Orioles with a leadoff home run in the fourth. He hit a no-doubter into the Royals bullpen in right field.
Orioles pound Kansas City with season-best output
Hanser Alberto and Pedro Severino combined for nine hits as the Baltimore Orioles trounced the Royals 14-2 on Friday night in Kansas City. The Orioles had season highs in runs and hits (21).John Means (10-9) picked up his first career win against the Royals. Means, who was a teammate of Royals center fielder Bubba Starling at Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) High School, allowed two runs on five hits, tying his career best with seven innings pitched.Eric Skoglund (0-1) took the loss. He gave up six runs on nine hits in four innings.Jorge Soler entered the Royals' record books in the first with his 38th home run, tying Mike Moustakas' 2017 season. Soler took Means' second pitch into the Orioles' bullpen, 393 feet from home plate. He's now hit 10 home runs in August, the most in any month in his career.The Orioles tied the score in the second. Jonathan Villar walked with one out, stole second and scored on Severino's RBI single to right.Anthony Santander then put the Orioles ahead to stay with a three-run home run in the third inning. Alberto, who finished 5-for-6, led off with his second hit, a double off the wall in left. He moved to third on Trey Mancini's single and both runners scored on Santander's 417-foot blast.
Royals agree to sell to Kansas City-based group
The Kansas City Royals reached an agreement to sell ownership to a group led by local businessman John Sherman, the club's current owners announced Friday.Royals owner and CEO David Glass and his family had been in negotiations to sell for a reported price tag of about $1 billion."The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family. Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward," Glass said in a statement."In John Sherman we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership of this franchise."Glass, who turns 84 on Monday, bought the team for $96 million in April 2000. He had served the previous 6 1/2 years as CEO and chairman of the team following the death of founding owner Ewing Kauffman, for whom the Royals' home stadium is still named. Glass's son, Dan, is the Royals' president.Sherman, 64, has been a part-owner and vice chairman of the Cleveland Indians since 2016 and will divest himself of that team. He is the CEO of Kansas City-based MLP Holdings and is on the board of trustees for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Dozier, Royals rally past A's
Hunter Dozier capped a three-RBI performance with a tie-breaking single in the seventh inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics.Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn hit home runs, helping the Royals rally from a pair of two-run deficits in a game in which A's star Matt Chapman had to leave the game after getting hit in the helmet by a Jakob Junis pitch.Chapman's injury, which occurred in the first inning, did not appear to be serious, and he was initially able to stay in the game. He scored Oakland's second run of the first inning on a fielder's-choice grounder by Seth Brown.Chapman took the field for the bottom of the first and batted in the second, lining out to center field, but was pulled from the game before the bottom of the frame.Thanks to homers by Marcus Semien and Mark Canha, the A's held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before the Royals did all the game's scoring in the final 4 1/2 innings.Jorge Soler got Kansas City within 4-3 with an RBI double in the fifth, and O'Hearn led off the sixth with his 10th homer, tying the game.Nicky Lopez set the table for the decisive seventh with an infield hit off A's reliever Blake Treinen (6-5), being ruled safe upon review after initially called out at first. A single by Whit Merrifield and walk to Soler loaded the bases for Dozier, who singled in Lopez with the eventual game-winning run.Jake Diekman relieved Treinen and got Alex Gordon to ground into a double play, but Merrifield scored on the play, increasing the lead to 6-4.The Royals' bullpen took care of things from there, with closer Ian Kennedy surviving a two-on, two-out situation in the ninth by getting Robbie Grossman to fly out for his 23rd save.
Profar guides A's to series win at Kansas City
Jurickson Profar homered and finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Seth Brown added four hits as the Oakland A's defeated the host Kansas City Royals 9-8 Thursday afternoon to take three out of four in the series.Yusmeiro Petit (4-3) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Liam Hendriks recorded the final five outs -- all strikeouts -- to pick up his 17th save despite allowing a ninth-inning run.Neither starter lasted five innings. Kansas City's Glenn Sparkman (3-10) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Oakland's Chris Bassitt, staked to a five-run lead in the fifth, gave up three runs in the inning and was yanked with two outs. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits.Marcus Semien and Matt Olson both singled in the first inning before Sparkman hit Mark Canha with a pitch to load the bases with one out. After Brown flied out, Sparkman plunked Profar to force home the opening run.The Royals took the lead in their half of the first. Whit Merrifield (3-for-5) extended his hitting streak to 11 games before Jorge Soler hit his 37th home run off the top of the wall in left. Soler is now one home run short of Mike Moustakas' club record, set in 2017.Profar blasted a two-run home run into the fountains in right-center in the fourth, scoring Brown, who had doubled. Chad Pinder then doubled off the wall in right and scored on Semien's two-out RBI single.In the fifth, Canha doubled with one out, and Brown singled him home. Profar followed with a jam-shot single. Pinder walked, loading the bases and ending Sparkman's day. Jacob Barnes entered and allowed runs on a walk by Corban Joseph and a sacrifice fly by Josh Phegley.
Reports: Royals owner discussing sale of team
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is discussing the sale of the franchise to local businessman John Sherman, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.The Athletic, which first reported the news, indicated it was not known if the two sides were close to a deal. ESPN reported a price tag of more than $1 billion is being discussed, and the deal is expected to be finalized.The team issued a statement in response to the reports, reading: "The Kansas City Royals are not in a position to make any comments on the published speculation regarding any potential sale of the ball club. The Royals will make no further statements at this time."Glass, who turns 84 on Sept. 2, bought the team for $96 million in April 2000. He had served the previous 6 1/2 years as CEO and chairman of the team following the death of founding owner Ewing Kauffman, for whom the stadium is still named. Glass's son, Dan, is the Royals' president.
A's edge Royals 2-1 one night after scoring 19 runs
Marcus Semien scored a run in the first inning and drove in a run in the second as the Oakland A's defeated the Royals 2-1 Tuesday night in Kansas City. A night after scoring 19 runs on 22 hits, the A's were limited to just two runs on five hits.But it was enough.Since losing the 2014 Wild Card Game, the A's are 11-4 at Kauffman Stadium, outscoring the Royals 111-39. The A's are 19-5 against the AL Central in 2019, outscoring opponents 151-73 in those games.Mike Fiers (13-3) was the winning pitcher, picking up his 11th straight victory. He allowed one run on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Fiers has now pitched at least five innings in 20 straight starts.Mike Montgomery (3-7) was the hard-luck loser for the Royals. He allowed the two runs (one earned) on five hits through 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. He has a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts.Semien, who had a career-high seven RBIs Monday, led off the first with an infield hit. After a two-out error on a grounder by Mark Canha and another infield hit by Khris Davis loaded the bases, a walk to Chad Pinder scored Semien with an unearned run.