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Lopez drives in four runs, Royals roll past Orioles 9-2

Lopez drives in four runs, Royals roll past Orioles 9-2

Nicky Lopez drove in four runs with two hits to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 victory over the Baltimore OriolesBy CODY FRIESEN Associated PressJuly 17, 2021, 4:03 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nicky Lopez drove in four runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.Lopez cleared the bases in the second inning with a two-run single and again in the seventh with a two-run double out of the ninth spot in the batting order.“It is a product of him getting over the stage of worrying about getting on the field every day, as everyone goes through,” Whit Merrifield said. “He can relax, play his game and it is perfect for what we are looking for at our nine-spot.”The Royals built a 6-0 lead through the first three innings behind Lopez and the All-Star duo of Salvador Perez and Merrifield. Perez hit RBI singles in the first and third innings. Merrifield added an RBI double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the third.”It was a good day all the way around,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I am really happy with the offensive production we had today and the aggressiveness on the bases.”Keegan Akin (0-5) gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. Lopez did the bulk of the damage with a two-run single to highlight a four-run second inning.“We didn’t have great pitch selection tonight,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Just poor pitch selection and didn’t miss many barrels.”Merrifield went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the seventh inning. Kansas City finished with 15 hits.Danny Duffy tossed four innings of one-run ball, with a walk and three strikeouts. Josh Staumont (1-2) earned the win in relief.Pedro Severino hit a solo homer in the eighth. Scott Barlow closed out the game for the Royals.Trey Mancini put the Orioles on the board with an RBI groundout in the fourth. Cedric Mullins went 2 for 3. The Orioles finished with five hits and stranded six runners.ROSTER MOVESRoyals: C Cam Gallagher was reinstated from the 10-day IL. C Sebastian Rivero was optioned in the corresponding move.UP NEXTBrady Singer (3-6, 4.52 ERA) will take the mound for Kansas City. Baltimore did not announce its starting pitcher.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Dyson go-ahead double caps 10-hit AB, Royals top Red Sox 7-3

Dyson go-ahead double caps 10-hit AB, Royals top Red Sox 7-3

Jarrod Dyson capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run third inning off Nathan Eovaldi, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3  for their first series win in nearly three weeksBy CODY FRIESEN Associated PressJune 20, 2021, 10:35 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jarrod Dyson capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run third inning off Nathan Eovaldi, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Sunday for their first series win in nearly three weeks.Mike Minor (6-4) allowed two runs and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings for the Royals, who had lost 12 of their previous 14 games.Whit Merrifield got his 800th major league hit in the first and hit a two-run homer in the sixth against Yacksel Ríos.Kansas City had not won a series since taking two games from Pittsburgh on May 31 and June 1.Eovaldi (7-4) lost his second straight decision after winning four in a row. He gave up four runs — three earned — and seven hits in four innings.Kansas City out-hit Boston 15-11. The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position as they lost for only the second time in their last six games.With Boston leading 2-0 on Kiké Hernández’s two-run homer on an 0-2 slider in the second, first baseman Bobby Dalbec allowed Michael A. Taylor’s two-out grounder to bounce off his glove for a run-scoring error in the bottom half.Salvador Pérez tied the score with a third-inning single for his 47th RBI, and Dyson’s double to left put the Royals ahead 4-2.Merrifield homered in the sixth to make it 6-2. Hunter Dozier, who stopped an 0-for-21 slide with a single in the second, added an RBI single in the sixth.Rafael Devers hit his 18th home run of the season in the eighth, a drive off Carlos Hernández.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: C Kevin Plawecki left in the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness. … 2B Christian Arroyo exited in the fifth with a right shinbone bruise after sliding awkwardly to avoid a collision with Kiké Hernández on a fly ball in shallow center.Royals: C Cam Gallagher (right shoulder impingement syndrome) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Kansas City recalled Sebastian Rivero from Triple-A Omaha.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (5-4, 6.21) starts Tuesday at Tampa Bay as Boston continues an eight-game trip with a matchup between the top two teams in the AL East.Royals: RHP Brady Singer (3-5, 4.76) opens a three-game series at the New York Yankees, who start RHP Gerrit Cole (8-3, 2.31) in his first appearance since Major League Baseball started its crackdown on the use of grip substances. Kansas City is starting a 10-game trip.————hhMore AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports