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Harvey ends his 9-game skid, pitches Orioles past Royals 5-0

Harvey ends his 9-game skid, pitches Orioles past Royals 5-0

Matt Harvey ended his nine-game losing skid with his best performance in years, pitching six crisp innings and sending the Baltimore Orioles over the Kansas City Royals 5-0By AVERY OSEN Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 10:35 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Harvey ended his nine-game losing skid with his best performance in years, pitching six crisp innings and sending the Baltimore Orioles over the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday.Harvey (4-10) had been winless in 12 starts since his previous victory on May 1. The former All-Star allowed just three singles, walked one and struck out two against his former team.“I went out there and tried to flip the switch on a poor first half,” Harvey said. “Having those days off to recharge definitely helps.”Harvey’s six innings matched his season high. This was the first time since September 2018 that Harvey pitched at least six innings and didn’t allow a run.“He’s been pitching with some nagging things, but he was really good today,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “I was happy with how everyone pitched today.”Carlos Hernandez (1-1) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over four innings in his second career start. Kyle Zimmer, Josh Staumont and Greg Holland each allowed a run in relief.Ramon Urias hit a two-run single in the third for a 2-0 lead. He has at least two hits in seven of his last 10 games.Trey Mancini had an RBI single in the fifth, Austin Wynns doubled home a run in the sixth and another scored on an error in the eighth.Hunter Dozier tied a career high with four hits for the Royals. He went 7 for 12 in the series.“Every game we don’t take advantage of it hurts the same,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I know the kind of team we have and we need better results.”GAME TIME CHANGEThe Royals will begin a two-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. That game was set to start at 7:10 p.m., but was moved up to 3:10 p.m. due to Game 6 of the NBA Finals involving the Milwaukee Bucks that night.TRAINER’S ROOMBaltimore: Manager Brandon Hyde said he hopes 3B Maikel Franco (ankle sprain) will be back soon. Franco will begin his rehab stint this week.UP NEXTOrioles: Continues their road trip in Tampa Bay on Monday as Spenser Watkins (1-0, 1.74) starts.Royals: Have an off day before facing Milwaukee for a 3:10 start on Tuesday with Mike Minor (6-8, 5.67) on the mound.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Orioles beat Royals 8-4 to stop 5-game skid

Orioles beat Royals 8-4 to stop 5-game skid

Ryan Mountcastle and Ramón Urias each had two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4By AVERY OSEN Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 4:28 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ryan Mountcastle and Ramón Urias each had two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Saturday night.The Orioles got six consecutive hits in a five-run third inning as they chased starter Brady Singer and opened a 7-0 lead. It was only Baltimore’s second win in July.“It’s nice to get those hits going together,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That was our best game running the bases.”Singer (3-7) gave up seven earned runs, the most in a start in his career. He lasted two-plus innings, allowing eight hits and one walk. His one strikeout matched his fewest in a start during his two seasons in the majors.Kris Bubic pitched six innings in relief for the Royals, giving up just one run and two hits. He struck out five.“He was terrific and everything we’d hoped for,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “That’s one for him to put in the memory bank of how he should be tagging the strike zone.”Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits with four strikeouts. Paul Fry (3-3) worked 1 1/3 hitless innings for the win.“It’s been happening since the beginning, but at the end of the day I need to (get) three outs,” Lopez said. “I have to find a way moving forward to get past the fifth inning.”Carlos Santana had an RBI double for Kansas City.Seven of the nine starters for Baltimore had at least one hit. DJ Stewart, Anthony Santander, Domingo Leyba and Pedro Severino all had RBIs.Lopez was pitching well into the fifth but was pulled after giving up three runs just one out from qualifying for the win. Whit Merrifield had a sacrifice fly and Salvador Perez hit an RBI single.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Reinstated RHP Wade Davis from the 10-day injured list and designated RHP Anthony Swarzak for assignment.UP NEXTOrioles RHP Matt Harvey (3-10, 7.70 ERA) faces his former team Sunday in the rubber game of the series. Carlos Hernandez (1-0, 4.98) pitches for Kansas City.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Suarez, Castellanos lift Reds over Royals 6-2

Suarez, Castellanos lift Reds over Royals 6-2

Eugenio Suarez clubbed a tiebreaking three-run home run shortly after Nick Castellanos hit a tying solo shot and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2By AVERY OSEN Associated PressJuly 6, 2021, 3:37 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eugenio Suarez clubbed a tiebreaking three-run home run shortly after Nick Castellanos hit a tying solo shot and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Monday night.Suarez hit a 1-1 pitch off the Royals Hall of Fame in left field to give his team a three-run lead in the seventh inning. The homer was his 17th of the season and came off Kyle Zimmer against his first batter of the game.“It’s never comfortable being down late, but there is growing confidence we can come back in games,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That was a big blow, but Castellanos’ homer was big, too.”Vladimir Gutierrez (4-3) went six innings and gave up two runs, five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.“I felt really good out there and throughout the week have felt good,” Gutierrez said. “I’ve been looking at what went wrong in the last start and just focus on getting better.”Mike Minor (6-7) pitched well until the seventh inning when Castellanos turned on the first pitch he saw and drove it over the left-center field fence to tie it at two. It was also Castellanos’ 17th homer.“That’s probably the best start we’ve had all season,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “It was leading to be a special start, but some came out of nowhere.”Minor pitched six innings, allowing three hits, three walks and four earned runs with six strikeouts.The Reds added a run in the ninth after Aristides Aquino’s triple and an RBI single by Tyler Naquin.Kansas City’s Jorge Soler hit an RBI double to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. It was his first RBI in 18 games.In the second inning, the Reds got on the board first after a double by Tyler Stephenson and a single by Joey Votto. Suarez then grounded into a double play that scored a run.Nicky Lopez doubled and scored after Carlos Santana’s RBI double in the third inning to tie it at 1.The Reds have won five in a row while Kansas City has lost 11 of its last 13.TRAINER’S ROOMCincinnati: INF Jonathan India was scratched from the lineup due to a sore ankle after being involved in a tough slide play at second on Sunday. It’s not expected he’ll be out long, according to manager David Bell.UP NEXTCincinnati will send Luis Castillo (3-10, 5.14) to the hill tomorrow and the Royals had yet to announce a starter.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Maeda, Polanco lead Twins past Royals 6-2 to stop skid

Maeda, Polanco lead Twins past Royals 6-2 to stop skid

Kenta Maeda struck out a season-best 10 in six scoreless innings, Jorge Polanco homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 to halt a five-game losing streakBy AVERY OSEN Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 10:29 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kenta Maeda struck out a season-best 10 in six scoreless innings, Jorge Polanco homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Sunday to halt a five-game losing streak.Maeda (4-3) gave up two hits and a walk in a splendid outing that matched his longest of the year.Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep, building a cushion in the seventh inning when a two-run homer by Polanco and a solo shot by Alex Kirilloff extended the lead to 5-0.Max Kepler hit a solo homer to right field in the sixth for the Twins, his seventh of the season. He has seven hits, six RBIs, two home runs and six walks since returning from the injured list on June 18.Polanco turned on a fastball and sent it into the left-field bullpen. Two batters later, Kirilloff also connected off Richard Lovelady.Kansas City starter Brad Keller (6-9) permitted two runs, five hits and two walks. He struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, his second-longest outing of the season.The Twins struck first in the third after Luis Arraez singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Arraez scored on Trevor Larnach’s single.Larnach also drove in Arraez with a single in the ninth.Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth off Hansel Robles to break up the shutout.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: 3B Josh Donaldson sat out after hurting his hamstring Saturday on a double. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said it’s not a major issue and plans to have Donaldson back soon. … DH Nelson Cruz (stiff neck) was scratched from the lineup.Royals: Activated OF Andrew Benintendi (fractured rib) off the injured list and optioned Edward Olivares, who hit his first home run of the season Saturday. Kansas City went 5-13 with Benintendi on the IL.UP NEXTThe Twins head home to take on the Chicago White Sox with Bailey Ober (0-1, 5.84 ERA) pitching Monday.The Royals host Cincinnati on Monday, with Mike Minor (6-6, 5.33) scheduled to start.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports