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Rays extend Royals' misery with 5-2 win

Rays extend Royals' misery with 5-2 win

The Tampa Bay Rays chased Kansas City starter Homer Bailey four batters -- and four runs --into the second inning in a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night in Tampa. The Rays have won 10 straight games against the Royals, who have lost five straight overall.The Rays have the best record in baseball at 16-8, while the Royals have the worst record at 7-17. It was just the fourth time in Kansas City's 17 losses that they have not held a lead at some point in the game.The Rays got just 1 1/3 innings from "opener" Ryne Stanek, but that was expected. His longest outing of the season was two innings. The first reliever out of the bullpen, Jalen Beeks (1-0), picked up the win with a season-high 4 2/3 innings. He gave up just two hits and struck out seven.Emilio Pagan, who picked up the major league save Monday, picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth.Bailey (2-2) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up those four runs on three hits and four walks.This game essentially was over early. The Rays jumped on Bailey in the bottom half of the first. Bailey walked the first two batters. He got Yandy Diaz to ground into a double play, but Joey Wendle singled in Brandon Lowe.
Royals RHP Keller drops appeal of suspension

Royals RHP Keller drops appeal of suspension

Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension and began serving the penalty on Tuesday.Keller will be eligible for reinstatement on Monday, when he is scheduled to make his next start against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.Keller was suspended after he drilled Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a pitch to his backside in the fourth inning of a game last Wednesday.Anderson had homered off Keller two innings earlier and vividly flipped his bat into the air before beginning to run around the bases. The beaning of Anderson led to both benches clearing.Keller, who was fined an undisclosed amount, said he wants to move on with the situation."It's over with and I didn't want to wait around (any longer)," Keller told reporters before the Royals' Tuesday road game against Tampa Bay. "I figured I would just drop it now and serve the suspension and move on."
Rays beat Royals to halt four-game skid

Rays beat Royals to halt four-game skid

The Tampa Bay Rays hit for the cycle in the bottom of the seventh on Monday, scoring three runs in the frame en route to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals.Mike Zunino hit a 425-foot, two-run home run to dead center for the key hit in the inning.Wilmer Font (1-0) recorded the final out of the seventh and picked up the victory for the Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Emilio Pagan pitched the ninth to pick up his first major league save.Brad Keller (2-2) took the loss for the Royals, who lost their fourth in a row. He had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first five starts, but he gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.The Royals got on the board in the first on Alex Gordon's fifth home run. Gordon launched a 3-2 sinker 416 feet into the stands in right field. He leads the Royals with 21 RBIs.The Rays came right back with a run in the bottom half of the first. Tommy Pham tripled off the fence in right field and scored on Yandy Diaz's sacrifice fly.Jorge Soler, who was dropped to the seventh spot in the order for the first time this season, put the Royals back on top in the fifth with a solo homer. An inning later, Hunter Dozier extended the lead with a line drive into the seats in left, his club-leading seventh home run.
Romine lifts Yankees past Royals in 10 innings

Romine lifts Yankees past Royals in 10 innings

Austin Romine hit a game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host New York Yankees recorded a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium after blowing a five-run lead in the eighth.Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela opened the inning by drawing walks from Jake Diekman (0-1), who was replaced by Ian Kennedy. After the runners were sacrificed to second and third by pinch hitter Thairo Estrada, Romine won by lifting a flyball over center fielder Billy Hamilton's head.After getting his hit, Romine was mobbed at first base by his teammates.Zack Britton (1-0) nearly was injured and pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. He appeared in pain after diving back to first to complete a pickoff off speedy pinch runner Terrance Gore but stayed in the game after throwing two warmup pitches and struck out the next two hitters.Romine forged a 6-6 tie with a single off Wily Peralta in the eighth that occurred after Chad Green and Adam Ottavino coughed up a 5-0 lead.Green exited after loading the bases and Ottavino allowed a two-run double to Adalberto Mondesi to make it 5-2. Ottavino then allowed a game-tying three-run homer to Gordon and a solo shot to Hunter Dozier on consecutive pitches.Before the wild sequences of the late innings, the Yankees carried a 5-0 lead into the eighth behind the dominance of left-hander James Paxton and a three-run homer by Clint Frazier in the fifth off Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez.Paxton allowed three hits and struck out 12 in six-plus scoreless innings, exiting after allowing the first two hitters of the seventh to reach.The win occurred after Aaron Judge became the 13th Yankees' player to land on the injured list due to a strained left oblique that manager Aaron Boone described as "pretty significant."
Yankees defeat Royals, lose Judge

Yankees defeat Royals, lose Judge

Aaron Judge homered in the first inning but exited five innings later with a left oblique injury as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.The game was marred by Judge exiting with the injury after hitting a single in the sixth.He appeared to feel something as he swung. He ran gingerly to first base and trainer Steve Donahue immediately popped out of the dugout. After being checked out by Donahue, Judge exited the game and was replaced by Tyler Wade.Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu hit New York's first set of back-to-back homers this season when they homered into the right-center field seats to extend the lead to 6-0.Manager Aaron Boone was not around to see those homers after getting ejected in the third after a three-run home run by Gleyber Torres was overturned by fan interference.Torres' fly ball appeared to have enough to clear the fence but a fan reached over and tried to make a barehanded catch as left fielder Alex Gordon attempted to make a leaping catch.The Royals challenged the call and following a lengthy review to overturn it, Boone raced out of the dugout and was ejected by second base umpire Jerry Meals. Upon being tossed for the fifth time as a manager, Boone briefly argued with first base umpire Ron Kulpa before heading off the field.
Strong start for Sabathia as Yankees down Royals

Strong start for Sabathia as Yankees down Royals

CC Sabathia allowed an unearned run in five innings and Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Friday night at Yankee Stadium.After throwing 62 pitches in his return from cardiac surgery and a knee injury in his season debut last Saturday against the Chicago White, Sabathia (1-0) was stretched out further this time out and delivered an 86-pitch outing.He worked around four walks and held the Royals to three hits while getting five strikeouts.The veteran left-hander picked up his 247th career win, tying him with Bartolo Colon and Jack Quinn for 49th place on the all-time list. He also became the 11th Yankee to get at least 130 victories with the team.More importantly for the Yankees, Sabathia continued to thrive in the role of stopper. Since the start of the 2017 season, he is 15-1 with 27 regular-season starts following a New York loss and the Yankees are 22-5 in those games.Gardner provided the Yankees with a 2-1 lead when he blasted 2-0 fastball from Kansas City starter Jakob Junis (1-2) over the right-center field fence in the third.Mike Tauchman also homered as the Yankees won for the third time in four games despite committing three errors.Aaron Judge started a two-run sixth with a double and scored on DJ LeMahieu's sacrifice fly that center fielder Billy Hamilton made a diving catch on.
Royals' Keller, two White Sox suspended for skirmish

Royals' Keller, two White Sox suspended for skirmish

Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria have received suspensions for taking part in a benches-clearing incident between the teams on Wednesday.Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspensions on Friday.Keller was suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Anderson.
Royals’ Bailey stops Yankees in another fine start

Royals’ Bailey stops Yankees in another fine start

Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years and the Kansas City Royals recorded a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.Bailey (2-1) held the Yankees to one run on three hits in six innings. He won consecutive starts for the first time since July 4-9, 2017, when he earned victories at Colorado and Arizona while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. He had gone 6-22 since then before Thursday.Bailey followed up seven scoreless innings against the Cleveland Indians by keeping the Yankees off balance with a mix of four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. He used his splitter and slider to get each of his six strikeouts.The veteran right-hander, who was 1-14 last season for Cincinnati, allowed one hit after the first inning, when the Yankees scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly by Gleyber Torres. He retired 15 of the final 18 hitters he faced in an efficient 86-pitch outing.Richard Lovelady pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the Royals. Former Yankees pitcher Ian Kennedy struck out Aaron Judge to end the eighth and finished up.Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit solo homers off Yankees starter Domingo German (3-1) as the Royals won for the fifth time in seven games since losing 10 in a row.Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield contributed RBI doubles while Adalberto Mondesi lifted two sacrifice flies, and scored on Gordon's double in the first. Mondesi also had two hits after entering the game 0-for-20 on the road this year.
Royals outlast White Sox in 10th after mid-game melee

Royals outlast White Sox in 10th after mid-game melee

Hunter Dozier homered to lead off the 10th inning, and the visiting Kansas City Royals posted a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon in a game that featured a benches-clearing melee.After his RBI single in the seventh gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead, Dozier launched a 2-0 inside fastball from Nate Jones (0-1) over the wall in left field for his fifth homer of the season.Chicago's Tim Anderson punctuated his two-run homer off Kansas City starter Brad Keller in the fourth inning by emphatically tossing his bat, a decision that may have led to fireworks in his next at-bat.Keller drilled Anderson in the backside on the first pitch to lead off the sixth inning, resulting in both benches and bullpens rushing the field. Keller, Anderson, White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum were ejected after order was restored.Dozier's blast made a winner out of Wily Peralta (2-1), who allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Scott Barlow worked around a two-out walk in the 10th for his first career save with the Royals, who recorded their first road victory of the season and have won four of six overall.Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and third baseman Yoan Moncada exited the contest due to injury for the White Sox, who saw their three-game winning streak halted and fell to 3-6 at home this season.
Royals' Keller, White Sox's Anderson ejected after HBP

Royals' Keller, White Sox's Anderson ejected after HBP

Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson were ejected in the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon after the former hit the latter with a pitch.Two innings earlier, Anderson deposited a 3-2 fastball from Keller over the wall in left field for a two-run homer. Anderson punctuated the blast by emphatically tossing his bat, a decision that may have led to fireworks in his next at-bat.Keller drilled Anderson in the backside on the first pitch to lead off the sixth, resulting in members of both teams rushing the field.
Moncada's 2-homer night sparks White Sox past Royals

Moncada's 2-homer night sparks White Sox past Royals

Yoan Moncada homered twice Tuesday night, and Reynaldo Lopez pitched six effective innings for his first win of the season as the host Chicago White Sox stopped the Kansas City Royals 5-1.Lopez (1-2), who entered the game with a 12.15 ERA, permitted five hits and a run in his 104-pitch stint. He issued two walks and struck out five. Four relievers obtained the final nine outs as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and clinched a victory in the three-game series that concludes Wednesday.Jorge Lopez (0-2) fanned 10 and walked two over six innings for Kansas City, but he couldn't keep the ball in the yard, allowing three homers among his eight hits. Lopez was touched for four runs.The Royals initiated the scoring in the second when Lucas Duda launched his second homer of the year to right field. That lead lasted until the third, when Moncada cracked his first long ball of the night, taking an outside fastball the other way to left-center.Leury Garcia snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Jorge Lopez made a mistake with an 0-2 changeup, leaving it over the middle above the knees. Garcia drilled his first homer of the year with Yolmer Sanchez aboard, and Moncada followed it by jacking a hanging curve over the wall in right for his fifth homer of the year.
Castillo's 8th-inning blast lifts White Sox over Royals

Castillo's 8th-inning blast lifts White Sox over Royals

Welington Castillo drilled a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Chicago bullpen delivered four innings of one-run relief to lift the host White Sox to a 5-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.Castillo's opposite-field drive to right field snapped an 0-for-23 skid and followed a leadoff double from Tim Anderson, who went 3-for-4 and remains the leading hitter in the majors with a .453 batting average.Anderson has six multi-hit games among the seven contests he has played at Guaranteed Rate Field this season.Alex Colome worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth, striking out two to earn his fourth save in as many chances and end the Royals' three-game winning streak.Kansas City opened the scoring by rallying for three second-inning runs against White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana, who again proved susceptible to the long ball. Hunter Dozier homered to center field on the first pitch of the inning before Chris Owings hit a two-run home run to right-center three batters later.Dozier and Owings both had two hits.Santana pitched five innings and took a no-decision, spacing three runs, six hits, three strikeouts and three walks over five innings. He allowed three home runs and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his team debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 9. He.
Royals hang on to beat Indians, earn three-game sweep

Royals hang on to beat Indians, earn three-game sweep

Hunter Dozier's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Terrance Gore to give Kansas City a 9-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving the Royals a three-game series sweep.Gore, pinch-running for Ryan O'Hearn who drew a lead-off walk off Brad Hand (0-1), stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Roberto Perez. Wily Peralta (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory as Kansas City earned its first walk-off victory of the season.The Indians had not been swept in a road series of at least three games since May of last year at the New York Yankees.The Royals chased Corey Kluber after 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed 11 of the 18 batters he faced to reach base safely.Kluber gave up six runs on six hits and a career-most five walks. He threw 89 pitches, with barely more than half (45) of them for strikes. The five walks doubled Kluber's season total. He didn't walk more than three batters in any game in 2018, and he walked three only once.Royals starter Jakob Junis battled through 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, but three of those runs were to the first four batters. Leonys Martin led off the first with a home run to right center. It was the second time in five days that Martin had homered to lead off a game. Tyler Naquin then drove in Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Santana with a two-run single.The Royals got to Kluber in the second. Lucas Duda hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field. With two outs, Whit Merrifield hit a home run to right, giving the Royals a 4-3 lead.The four runs were the most the Royals have scored off Kluber since August 2, 2012, when they scored six in the first in Kansas City. It was also the first time since that game that the Royals had hit two home runs off Kluber in the same inning (Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer).
Royals shut out Indians behind Bailey

Royals shut out Indians behind Bailey

Homer Bailey threw seven sterling innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. The Royals won back-to-back games after snapping a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 win on Friday.Bailey entered the game with just one win in his last 22 home starts, compiling a 1-14 record with a 7.49 ERA over that span. He had not won in an American League ballpark since May 19, 2012, when he was victorious at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.Bailey gave up only a single and a double to the No. 8 hitter Brad Miller. He threw 102 pitches. Bailey allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings Monday vs. Seattle in his previous start.It's one of his best statistical starts since suffering a series of injuries beginning near the end of 2014. He pitched no-hitters in 2012 (Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh) and 2013 (July 2 vs. San Francisco).Wily Peralta pitched a perfect ninth for his first save in two chances.The Royals scored in the bottom of the third after Martin Maldonado snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a double to left-center. He moved to third on a flyout to left and scored on Adalberto Mondesi's two-out single.
Royals score 6 in 1st, crush Indians

Royals score 6 in 1st, crush Indians

The Kansas City Royals hit for the cycle their first time through the order and grabbed their biggest lead of the season in a six-run first inning en route to an 8-1 victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday night. The Royals snapped a 10-game losing streak with the win.Brad Keller (2-1) gave up one run on three hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings, with a career-high 10 strikeouts. He now has pitched at least six innings in nine straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors. Keller's 118 pitches were the most thrown by a Royals starter since James Shields threw 124 on July 29, 2014.Alex Gordon had four hits, including three extra-base hits, and three RBIs for the Royals.The six runs were the most the Royals have scored in one inning this season, and the most runs they scored in the first inning since May 8, 2018, when they scored 10 runs in Baltimore.Whit Merrifield, whose 31-game hitting streak was snapped on Thursday, led off the first with a single. He scored on Adalberto Mondesi's triple, and Mondesi scored on Gordon's home run. After a walk and two more singles, Chris Owings ripped a double down the left-field line for the team cycle in the first.Carlos Carrasco (1-2) took the loss for the Indians. He gave up six runs on six hits in just 2/3 of an inning.
Haniger's homer lifts MLB-best M's over Royals

Haniger's homer lifts MLB-best M's over Royals

Mitch Haniger's two-out, solo home run in the top of the ninth inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night as the Mariners extended baseball's best record to 12-2 with their fifth straight win.The Royals (2-9) have lost nine straight.Anthony Swarzak (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Seattle. The Royals loaded the bases against Roenis Elias in the ninth before Adalberto Mondesi popped out to shortstop to end the game.Brad Boxberger (0-2) took the loss for Kansas City.Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 31 games with an RBI bunt single in the seventh, which tied the game at the time. He passed Hall of Famer George Brett for the longest hitting streak in Royals history and the streak is now tied for the 26th longest in major league history.The Mariners became the second team since 1908 (2002 Cleveland Indians) to homer in each of their first 14 games. They now have scored five or more runs in 13 of their 14 games this season. Their 34 home runs through 14 games match the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history.Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi pitched well but took a no-decision. He gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, retiring Merrifield all three times he faced him. He retired the last 10 batters he faced after Jorge Soler hit the second of two home runs Kikuchi surrendered.Seattle's Jay Bruce was replaced by pinch hitter Domingo Santana in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left Achilles.Both teams scored in the first inning in very similar ways -- with two-out hits followed by RBI singles. Edwin Encarnacion knocked in Bruce for Seattle, while Soler drove in Mondesi for the Royals.
Merrifield's streak ends in Royals' loss to Mariners

Merrifield's streak ends in Royals' loss to Mariners

Daniel Vogelbach homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Thursday.The Royals led 6-4 and were within one out of snapping their nine-game losing streak, but Mitch Haniger tripled off the wall in center to drive in the tying runs.Kansas City not only lost its 10th straight, it may have lost center fielder Billy Hamilton to an injury. He collided with the wall on Haniger's triple and left the field on a cart.The Royals' losing streak goes on, but Whit Merrifield's franchise-record hitting streak was snapped at 31 games after an 0-for-6 day.Brandon Brennan (1-0) pitched the ninth for his first career win for Seattle. Connor Sadzeck picked up his first career save. Glenn Sparkman (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City.When Dee Gordon homered off starter Jorge Lopez in the sixth, the Mariners set the major league record with a home run in each of their first 15 games, surpassing the 2002 Cleveland Indians. Their 36 home runs through 15 games are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history. They've scored at least five runs in 14 of 15 games.For the second straight game, the Royals got home runs from Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler.Dozier led off the second with a home run into the fountains in left center that traveled 411 feet.In the third, Alex Gordon ripped a two-out double down the left-field line before Soler launched a 424-foot blast to right center.The 3-0 lead was the largest lead for the Royals since they led 6-3 in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 3. They lost that game 7-6.
Merrifield's hit streak reaches 30 as Royals fall to M's

Merrifield's hit streak reaches 30 as Royals fall to M's

Dee Gordon had three hits and two RBIs as the Seattle Mariners claimed a 6-3 victory over the host Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.The Mariners extended baseball's best record to 11-2 with their fourth straight win.Whit Merrifield continues to be the lone bright spot for the Royals, who lost their eighth game in a row. He led off the bottom of the first with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, dating back to last season.The streak is tied for the longest in Royals history with Hall of Famer George Brett's run from in 1980, the year he hit .390. Merrifield finished 2-for-5.Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (4-0) pitched six-plus innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out five and walked two. Anthony Swarzak pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in two opportunities.Kansas City's Jakob Junis (1-1) gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked one, and his offense gave him little help. The Royals' No. 5 through No. 8 hitters in the Tuesday starting lineup are now hitting a combined .147 (15-for-102).The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 12 of their 13 games this season. With 33 home runs, they have matched the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in baseball history through 13 games.The Mariners got on the board in the first inning when Jay Bruce hit his league-leading seventh home run. The Mariners have now hit at least one home run in all 13 games this season. The only team to open the season with more games with home runs since 1908 was the 2002 Cleveland Indians (14 games).
Royals' Merrifield extends hitting streak to 30 games

Royals' Merrifield extends hitting streak to 30 games

Kansas City Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first inning Tuesday with an opposite-field triple off the Seattle Mariners' Marco Gonzales to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, tying the club record.Hall of Famer George Brett had a 30-game hitting streak in 1980, the year he batted .390.Merrifield owns the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta's Freddie Freeman had a 30-game streak in 2016.Merrifield's streak is tied (with 21 other players) for the 36th-longest run in major league history. With Merrifield's streak dating back to Sept. 10, 2018, it's the longest multi-season run since Jimmy Rollins hit in 38 straight in 2005-06 for Philadelphia.
Encarnacion homers twice in an inning as Mariners top Royals

Encarnacion homers twice in an inning as Mariners top Royals

Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning and the visiting Seattle Mariners scored eight times in the frame to earn a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night to open a four-game series.The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 11 of their first 12 games and became the first team in the major leagues to win 10 games.Encarnacion became the first major leaguer to hit two home runs in an inning in almost three years. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels did in on April 15, 2016, at Texas. The last Mariners players to do it were Bret Boone and Mike Cameron, who did it in the same game at the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2002. Cameron went on to hit four home runs that game, tying the major league record.Roenis Elias (1-0) picked up the win for the Mariners. The left-hander pitched three scoreless innings of relief, giving up no hits and one walk.Homer Bailey (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in five-plus innings.The Royals' Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first with an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 29 games. It's the second-longest streak in Royals history, trailing only George Brett's 30-game streak from 1980, the year Brett batted .390.

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