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Hernandez 6 innings for Royals in 5-0 win over White Sox

Hernandez 6 innings for Royals in 5-0 win over White Sox

Carlos Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings, Salvador Perez homered again and the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 5-0By DAVID SMALE Associated PressJuly 29, 2021, 10:19 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carlos Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings, Salvador Perez homered again and the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 5-0 on a blistering Thursday afternoon.Perez put the Royals ahead with his 25th homer, a two-run shot in the first inning off Carlos Rodon (8-5). The Royals catcher hit a game-tying solo shot in the ninth Wednesday night before they won in 10 innings.“Sal did what Sal does,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said.Kansas City won three out of four games in the series that ended with a hot matinee. It was 95 degrees at the start of the game, with a heat index of 106 that increased to 109 by the last pitch.“When it’s 120 degrees on the field you have to minimize efforts,” Matheny said. “That’s something the young pitchers have to understand. Carlos did a great job of that. .. All four games we were right there in it. I believe this about this team, they need to realize how good they can be when they put things together.”Hernandez (2-1) allowed just four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander allowed two baserunners in an inning only once, and only one runner reached third against him.“I knew it was going to be a hot day,” Hernandez said through a translator. “I just stayed on top of it. It’s always about attacking the hitters, and that’s what I did.”Rodon gave up four runs on eight hits over four taxing innings — the Royals had two hits in each of those innings. He struck out four without a walk.The White Sox offense was dormant without three starters in the lineup, getting shut out for the sixth time this season. Jose Abreu (stiff neck) and Eloy Jimenez (right groin tightness) missed because of injury while Tim Anderson had a scheduled day off.Perez hit his first-inning homer 446 feet to left-center. Michael A. Taylor, who had the game-ending RBI single the previous night, led off the second with a 432-foot homer to the same general area. Hunter Dozier and Taylor each added a sacrifice fly.Richard Lovelady had two scoreless innings of relief for the Royals and Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up Kansas City’s fifth shutout.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Jimenez was not in the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning. La Russa said he was still awaiting the report about the severity of the injury.UP NEXTWhite Sox: Travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Indians. RHP Lance Lynn (9-3, 1.94 ERA) is expected to start for the White Sox. He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his last five starts.Royals: Will be the first visiting team in Toronto this season, as the Blue Jays play their first home game in Canada since their 2019 season finale. Royals lefty Daniel Lynch (1-2, 7.88 ERA) threw eight scoreless innings in his last start for his first career win.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pérez's RBI single caps 4-run 9th as Royals beat Reds 7-6

Pérez's RBI single caps 4-run 9th as Royals beat Reds 7-6

Salvador Pérez’s walk-off single capped Kansas City’s four-run rally as the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6By DAVID SMALE Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 4:59 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Pérez’s walk-off single capped Kansas City’s four-run rally as the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Tuesday night.The Royals scored six runs off the Reds’ bullpen in the final two innings and Pérez got his third game-ending hit this season.“There are not a lot of people in their major league career that get an opportunity to celebrate a walk-off,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of Pérez’s heroics. “You can attribute it to as much luck as you want to. I’m not buying it. There are just special people in that situation, and Salvy is one of them.”Trailing 6-3 to start the ninth, the Royals got the tying run on second with no outs without the benefit of a hit. Ryan O’Hearn walked and Hunter Dozier was hit by a pitch. Michael A. Taylor then rolled a ground ball through the legs of Eugenio Suarez at third, scoring O’Hearn.With one out, Nicky Lopez flared a ball into short left field, scoring both runners to tie it 6-6. He went to second on the throw, then advanced to third on an error on left fielder Aristides Aquino. Whit Merrifield walked and Andrew Benintendi struck out, bringing Pérez to the plate.“I kind of changed my sights a little bit,” Lopez said. “I kind of got a little pull-happy (earlier in the game). I tried to see something a little deeper. I got jammed pretty good, but I was able to get it to the left side.”Richard Lovelady (2-0) picked up the win. Heath Hembree (2-4) took the loss.“They’ve been so good,” Reds manager David Bell said of his bullpen. “With a five-run lead, the way they’ve been pitching, you expect them to get it done. If a couple of plays go a different way it could be a different outcome.”Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson each had three hits for the Reds. Farmer’s three hits included a double and a two-run home run.Luis Castillo, whose record stood a 2-9 on June 10, turned in his fifth straight quality start, but to no avail. He allowed one run and three hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.The Reds started the game with the first two runners reaching base but couldn’t score because of an inning-ending double-play grounder by Joey Votto. Bubic wasn’t as fortunate in the third, allowing his first run on an opposite-field double by Jonathan India. Stephenson reached with a single, and both runners scored on a two-out triple that just eluded Benintendi in left.Farmer’s seventh home run of the season gave the Reds a 5-0 lead in the fourth. Farmer hit a curve ball 407 feet into the seats in left center, scoring Tyler Naquin.Taylor homered leading off the bottom of the fifth for the Royals.“It’s not the first one,” Matheny said of the late comeback. “To see it come when we haven’t been playing our best baseball and to still have that hunger and belief, if they don’t have that belief, it doesn’t happen. There are a lot of teams with a lot of wins that don’t necessarily do what we just did.”The Reds got that run back in the seventh on a broken-bat single by Suarez, scoring Nick Castellanos.Benintendi hit a two-run home run off Cionel Pérez in the eighth to bring the Royals to 6-3.TRAINER’S ROOMReds 3B Mike Moustakas returned from a rehab start at Triple-A Louisville after experiencing soreness in his right foot. He last played on May 18 before going on the 10-day Injured List with a right heel contusion.UP NEXTThe Reds will look to RHP Sonny Gray (1-4, 3.27 ERA) to claim the three-game series. Gray will make his 200th start of his major league career. In his first start after coming off the 10-day Injured List with a right groin strain, Gray allowed one run and five hits in five innings against the Cubs.Royals RHP Brady Singer (3-6, 4.74 ERA) will make his first career start against Cincinnati. He lasted just three innings because of a high pitch count. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Castro HR, Tigers rally for sweep over skidding Royals

Castro HR, Tigers rally for sweep over skidding Royals

Willi Castro homered during a three-run rally in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 for a three-game sweepBy DAVID SMALE Associated PressJune 16, 2021, 10:32 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Willi Castro homered during a three-run rally in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.It was the Tigers’ first sweep in Kansas City since 2014.The Royals have lost six in a row and 11 of 12. Kansas City starter Brady Singer was removed after just three innings with tightness in his pitching shoulder.“It popped up after his last start,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We knew going into today that we were going to see how he was feeling and try to limit the work. We’ll see how he responds from here, but we were just being cautious.”Tarik Skubal (4-7) picked up the win. He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, striking out seven against an all-righthanded lineup.“The whole point as a starting pitcher is to give yourself a chance to continue the game,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s progressively gotten better at not having the big, explosive innings. He allowed us to slowly and surely get to their bullpen and come from behind and win.”Skubal had a plan going in, and he stuck with it.“I threw a lot more changeups than I did sliders,” Skubal said. “I knew the changeup would be a huge pitch for me against this lineup, just being able to work down and expand the zone.”Michael Fulmer earned his fifth save in six chances.Adalberto Mondesi hit a home run in his first at-bat since returning from the injured list. Salvador Perez also connected for the Royals, hitting his 17th of the season.“(Mondesi) is unbelievable,” Matheny said. “The first time he steps in the box, he blasts it.”Greg Holland (2-2) gave up three runs while getting just one out.Holland issued a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced, Niko Goodrum, in the seventh and Castro homered to make it 3-all.“The hitting coach said after he gets two strikes he likes to throw the breaking pitch,” Castro said. “I was just trying to battle and let my abilities do the work.”Holland left after a one-out single by Robbie Grossman, and reliever Scott Barlow gave up a single to Akil Baddoo and threw a wild pitch that let the go-ahead run score.The Tigers’ fifth run also scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Detroit added a run in the ninth for a 6-3 lead.Whit Merrifield hit an RBI double with two outs in the Royals ninth and Carlos Santana followed with a run-scoring single. Perez struck out to end the game.Singer, who allowed one run on four hits, became the first Royals pitcher in five games not to surrender a run in the first inning when he worked around a one-out walk.Mondesi hit a 445-foot homer in the second, giving the Royals their first lead in 46 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: SS Mondesi was activated from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, but he didn’t appear in the game. He was in the starting lineup Wednesday, batting fifth. Mondesi has been out since May 31 with a left hamstring strain. Matheny said the plan was to activate Mondesi for Wednesday’s game, but RHP Ronald Bolanos was placed on the IL opening a spot a day earlier. Mondesi was in the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter when the final out was made.UP NEXTTigers: Open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. RHP Matt Manning will make his major league debut. Manning was 1-3 with an 8.07 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers have not won a season series with the Angels since 2010.Royals: After an off-day Thursday, Kansas City will continue the homestand with the first of three games against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. RHP Jackson Kowar (0-2, 36.00 ERA) will try to find the form that made him one of the Royals’ top prospects. Kowar has not lasted more than 1 1/3 innings in either of his starts, and he’s allowed four earned runs in each.———More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Mize, Cabrera help Tigers send Royals to 5th straight loss

Mize, Cabrera help Tigers send Royals to 5th straight loss

Casey Mize turned in his eighth quality start in his last nine games, Miguel Cabrera got two more hits and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 4-2By DAVID SMALE Associated PressJune 16, 2021, 4:23 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Casey Mize turned in his eighth quality start in his last nine games, Miguel Cabrera got two more hits and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 4-2 Tuesday night, the Royals’ fifth straight loss.Mize (4-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.“The quality is more important than the length,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “Casey came out and had to battle. I think he got a little better as the game went along.“He had to fight a little bit to find his rhythm. At the beginning of the day if you said he was going to pitch into the seventh and give up three runs you’d feel good about it.”After the Tigers had to use nine pitchers in Monday’s game, Mize knew he had to go as deep as possible.“Coming into today I knew that was really important,” Mize said. “That was definitely something I was thinking about. I was trying to be efficient.”Cabrera, stuck in a slump for most of the season, doubled and singled to drive in one run and score another. He had three hits in Monday night’s win over the Royals.Mike Minor (5-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Royals have lost 10 of 11 and haven’t led at any point since beating Oakland six games ago.“I felt we did a good job fighting our way back in,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “We got a little something going, with some good situational hitting. I know things are going to change. But right now, it’s just not happening.”Cabrera put the Tigers on top in the first with an RBI single. He has 246 career hits against the Royals, his second most against any opponent (258, Cleveland).Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer in the third gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.Mize helped the Royals get back in the game in the bottom of the third. Nicky Lopez and Whit Merrifield singled with one out, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.Lopez scored on a groundout by Carlos Santana and Mize then hit Salvador Perez with a pitch and walked Jorge Soler, loading the bases. Mize’s second wild pitch scored Merrifield.Cabrera doubled in the sixth and scored on Daz Cameron’s hit off reliever Kyle Zimmer.The Royals cut the lead to one run in the seventh on Lopez’s bloop single.ROSTER NEWSTigers: LHP Matthew Boyd was placed on the 10-day injured list with left-arm discomfort. He came out of Monday’s start in the third inning. … RHP Alex Lange also came out of Monday’s game with an injury, and he was placed on the IL with right shoulder discomfort. … INF Jeimer Candelario was reinstated from the IL and went 1 for 4. … LHP Miguel Del Pozo and RHP Wily Peralta were selected from Triple-A Toledo. … RHP Rony Garcia was transferred to the 60-day IL. … C Wilson Ramos and RHP Beau Burrows were designated for assignment.Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi was activated from the 10-day IL. He has been out since May 31 with a left hamstring strain. … RHP Ronald Bolaños was placed on the 10-day IL with a right flexor strain.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (3-7, 4.35 ERA) will take the mound in the series finale. Skubal has won three of his last four decisions after starting the season 0-6. He’s struck out 43 over 27 innings in his last five starts.Royals: RHP Brady Singer (3-5, 4.85) will get the ball for Kansas City. He took a no-decision against Oakland in his last outing. He allowed three runs over six innings, with seven strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with a no-decision against the Tigers in 2021.———More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports