A's rack up 18 hits, hold off Royals 12-10
Elvis Andrus went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs as the Oakland A's amassed a season-high 18 hits while defeating the Kansas City Royals 12-10 on Wednesday night.The Royals, who were down by seven heading into the bottom of the seventh, had the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the ninth.Kansas City's Andrew Benintendi tied a career high with five hits and added four RBIs.Oakland's Sean Manaea (10-9) survived a shaky start to pick up the win. He allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Carlos Hernandez (6-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He fanned three.Andrew Chafin yielded a run in 1 1/3 innings but still emerged with his fourth save.The A's (78-67) remained 3 1/2 games behind the three teams tied for the two American League wild-card spots, the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.Oakland and Kansas City will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Thursday.The Royals (66-79), who finished with 17 hits, grabbed the lead in the first on an RBI single by Benintendi.The A's responded in the second with a two-out, two-run single by Andrus. The Oakland shortstop has 11 hits and seven of his 36 RBIs in six games against the Royals this season.Matt Olson walked leading off the third and eventually scored on a single by Mark Canha.The A's added two more runs in the fourth on a home run by Olson, giving him 101 RBIs for the season. It's the first time in his career he reached the century mark in RBIs.
Royals send LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) to IL
The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Mike Minor on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a shoulder injury and recalled right-hander Scott Blewett from Triple-A Omaha.Minor, 33, was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement and the injury could mark the end of his season. Minor is 8-12 with a 5.05 ERA this season in 28 starts and is 79-78 over 10 career seasons with a 4.11 ERA for the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), Royals (2017, 2021), Texas Rangers (2018-20) and Oakland Athletics (2020).
Royals overcome six-run deficit, sink A's
Salvador Perez's three-run home run capped a furious Kansas City rally as the Royals defeated the visiting Oakland A's 10-7 Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.The Royals trailed 6-0 going into the bottom of the third inning.Perez now has 109 RBIs, which leads the majors. Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez and Kyle Isbel each had three hits for the Royals, who earned their fourth win in five games.Jake Brentz (5-2) picked up the win after throwing one perfect inning in relief, and Scott Barlow worked around two walks in the ninth for his 13th save.Yusmeiro Petit (8-2) took the loss out of the Oakland bullpen, yielding four runs on four hits in one-third of an inning. The A's (77-67) dropped their third consecutive game and fell 3 1/2 games behind the two American League wild-card leaders, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.Neither starter was effective. Oakland's Frankie Montas allowed four runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jackson Kowar gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in one-plus inning.The A's scored twice in the first. Josh Harrison drew a leadoff walk, and Starling Marte doubled. Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie followed with sacrifice flies.Oakland added three more runs in the second off Kowar, but they could have had more. Kowar walked the first three batters of the inning and then gave up an RBI single to Elvis Andrus and a two-run single to Harrison.Ervin Santana replaced Kowar with runners on second and third and no outs, but he wiggled out of the jam without surrendering another run.
Royals promoting Dayton Moore to president
The Kansas City Royals are set to announce the promotions of Dayton Moore to president of baseball operations and J.J. Picollo to general manager Tuesday, according to reports.The Royals have an afternoon press conference scheduled to announce the moves.Moore was named general manager in June 2006 and Picollo was one of his first hires, joining the organization as director of player development.
Kyle Isbel, Royals get past Twins in rubber match
Kyle Isbel drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.Adalberto Mondesi homered and Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice for Kansas City (65-78). Jake Brentz (4-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief while Scott Barlow notched his 12th save.Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Brent Rooker had a two-run double for Minnesota (63-80).The game was tied 3-3 in the eighth when Andrew Benintendi led off with a single to right off reliever Jorge Alcala (3-6). He went to second on a walk by Carlos Santana, who was swapped out for pinch-runner Hunter Dozier.Mondesi sacrificed the runners to second and third, but Benintendi was then thrown out at the plate on a grounder by Ryan O'Hearn. Isbel, called up earlier Sunday from Triple-A Omaha when Michael A. Taylor was placed on the family medical emergency list, then drove in Dozier with a single to right.Benintendi added an insurance run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly to tie the Royals record for RBIs for a seven-game road trip (14) set by Jeff King in 1997 and equaled by Kendrys Morales in 2016.
Jorge Polanco leads Twins' homer-heavy attack vs. Royals
Jorge Polanco went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs to lead a five-homer attack for the Minnesota Twins, who cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night in Minneapolis.Byron Buxton, Nick Gordon and Max Kepler also homered for Minnesota (63-79) which evened the series at a game apiece and presented manager Rocco Baldelli with his 200th career victory. Buxton, Kepler and Ben Rortvedt each had two hits.All five home runs by Minnesota came against Royals starter Brady Singer (4-10) who had allowed just nine home runs in 116 innings entering the contest and no more than two in a game.Michael Pineda (6-8), making his first start since Aug. 13 following a stint on the injured list with a mild left oblique strain, picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.Hunter Dozier had two doubles and an RBI, Andrew Benintendi had two hits including a double and an RBI, and Nicky Lopez and Hanser Alberto each had two hits and a run scored to lead Kansas City (64-78).Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back home runs by Buxton, a 444-foot drive into the second deck above the bullpen in left-center, and Polanco. It was the 13th homer of the season for Buxton, who also had a 457-foot tape measure home run in the first inning of a 6-4 loss to the Royals on Friday night.Gordon, making his first major league start at shortstop, made it 3-0 in the second with his second home run of the season off the facing of the second deck in right-center.
Andrew Benintendi's bombs shoot Royals past Twins
Andrew Benintendi hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the top of the 11th inning that proved to be the game-winner as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Friday night in Minneapolis.Benintendi lined Juan Minaya's first pitch to open the 11th into the front row of the left-field bleachers for his 15th homer of the season, breaking a 4-4 tie by also driving in designated runner Salvador Perez.Benintendi finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs, while Nicky Lopez extended his on-base streak to 20 games with two hits, including a double, for Kansas City (64-77).Ervin Santana (2-2) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief, and Greg Holland retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the 11th to notch his eighth save.Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson both homered and Andrelton Simmons had two hits to lead Minnesota (62-79). Minaya (2-1) picked up the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out two.Kansas City jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first off Twins starter Griffin Jax on Benintendi's home run deep into the right field bleachers, following Lopez's double and a walk to Perez.
Royals shut out Orioles, split four-game series
Nicky Lopez had a home run and an RBI single for the first two Kansas City RBIs as the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 to earn a split of the four-game series in Baltimore.Carlos Hernandez (6-1) picked up the win. He allowed just three hits with six scoreless innings. Domingo Tapia (two innings) and Scott Barlow kept the Orioles (45-94) off the board with three scoreless innings, one night after the bullpen allowed nine runs in the eighth inning.John Means (5-7) took the loss with the lack of run support. He allowed two runs (one scored after he left the game) on five hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out five and walked two.Lopez put the Royals (63-77) on the scoreboard with a one-out home run in the first. It was Lopez' second home run of the season, and it extended his on-base streak to a career high 19 games.The Orioles had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the second with three straight singles. But they got a little greedy and catcher Pedro Severino was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Andrew Benintendi. It was Baltimore's last hit of the night.Hernandez struggled with his control, walking three in six innings. But he kept the Orioles off the board, stranding five runners in the second through fourth innings.
Orioles belt three homers in win over Royals
Austin Hays extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.Cedric Mullins hit his 27th home run of the season and DJ Stewart also went deep for the Orioles, who earned their third victory in four games. Anthony Santander had two hits and scored twice.Mike Baumann, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day, allowed only an unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of relief for the win in his major league debut. The 25-year-old allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.Carlos Santana homered for the Royals, who had won three of four. Kansas City's Nicky Lopez and Edward Olivares had two hits apiece.Jackson Kowar (0-3) allowed six runs on five hits and four walks in six innings for the Royals. He struck out seven.Orioles starter Alexander Wells gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. He fanned two and walked two.Trailing 7-2 entering the eighth inning, the Royals got the tying run to the plate. Salvador Perez led off with a single and Andrew Benintendi walked with two outs. After Dillon Tate replaced Baumann, Olivares reached on an infield single, loading the bases.Third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez couldn't handle Michael A. Taylor's grounder and a run scored, but Tate struck out pinch hitter Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat.
Royals rally in 8th to defeat Orioles, 3-2
Salvador Perez's bloop single keyed a two-run, eighth-inning rally as the visiting Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Monday.Perez had hit eight home runs in his last 11 games, but his game-winning hit barely traveled 100 feet.Domingo Tapia (2-0) retired all five batters he faced in relief to earn the victory. Scott Barlow picked up his 11th save.Cole Sulser (4-4) took the loss.Zac Lowther pitched well enough to earn his first major league win, but he took a no-decision. He came in with an ERA of 10.80 in five career appearances (one start). He held the Royals to one run on three hits in six innings.Kris Bubic also pitched well but wasn't involved in the decision. He allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.Austin Hays extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the third that gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. He drove in Austin Wynns, who reached on a one-out single.Former Oriole Hanser Alberto tied the game in the top of the fifth with a lead-off home run. It was Alberto's first game in Baltimore after spending 2019-20 with the Orioles.
Salvador Perez 3-run homer leads Royals past White Sox
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning as the host Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Sunday afternoon.The victory gave the Royals (61-75) the series win as they took two of three from Chicago (79-58).Kansas City also earned the season win against the White Sox, taking 10 of the 19 games between the two.Whit Merrifield got things going for the Royals in the first as Dylan Cease (11-7) walked him.Nicky Lopez then doubled and both he and Merrifield came home on the long home run from Perez that landed in one of the fountains beyond the right field wall.Kansas City extended its lead in the third when Lopez scored on a fielding error by first baseman Gavin Sheets.The Royals opened things up a bit in the sixth, scoring two runs - the first off a sacrifice fly to right from Hunter Dozier and the second on a single from Merrifield.The Royals received a strong pitching performance from Brady Singer (4-9) who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts.
Yasmani Grandal, White Sox out-slug Royals
Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox out-slugged the Kansas City Royals for a 10-7 victory Saturday night. Luis Robert had four hits, including a homer.Salvador Perez had two home runs and five RBIs for the Royals.Craig Kimbrel (3-4) earned the win in relief. Liam Hendriks got his 32nd save.Daniel Lynch (4-4) took the loss in his second shortest outing of his career, and shortest since returning from the minors July 25. He allowed six runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three.The White Sox used the long ball to jump out to an early lead in the first. Robert hit a 452-foot home run to left center with one out. With two outs and Jose Abreu on first, Grandal hit one 425 feet to right center.Chicago scored three more runs in the third when the first three batters reached safely. Robert and Abreu singled before Eloy Jimenez walked. Catcher Cam Gallagher threw the ball over the head of Emmanuel Rivera, which allowed Robert to score. Grandal's single scored Abreu and Leury Garcia's sacrifice fly scored Jimenez and ended Lynch's night.Gallagher singled in Rivera for the Royals' first run in the third. After two lineouts, Perez hit his 39th home run of the season, a 428-foot blast to center. It was Perez's 191st career home run, breaking a tie with Alex Gordon for fourth all-time in franchise history.Abreu's 500th career extra-base hit, a double in the fourth, scored Danny Mendick. Grandal's sacrifice fly scored Robert for his fourth RBI.
Royals wait out rain, stroll past White Sox
Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Friday night in a game that started more than two hours late due to a rain storm.Taylor drove in three runs as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak.After the rain delay, the Royals scored as many runs in the first five innings Friday (seven) as they did in the preceding three-game sweep by the Cleveland Indians.Kansas City's Adalberto Mondesi started at third base for the first time in his career and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single.White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single.Kansas City starter Carlos Hernandez (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.Chicago's Dallas Keuchel (8-8) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in three-plus innings. He fanned one and walked two. In his previous start, Keuchel yielded six runs (five earned) in one-plus inning against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27.
Indians' Triston McKenzie still has Royals' number
Triston McKenzie allowed one run on two hits and one walk in six innings, striking out six, as the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win over the host Kansas City Royals.Owen Miller hit a three-run home run in the fifth to give McKenzie all the support he would need. Cleveland (67-64) has won 11 straight games against the Royals.McKenzie (4-5), who came off the injured list on Wednesday after dealing with shoulder fatigue, improved to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA (five earned runs on 13 hits in 32 2/3 innings) all-time against the Royals (six appearances). He has 38 strikeouts in those games.Emmanuel Clase picked up his 20th save in 24 chances.McKenzie kept the Royals off-balance all night, allowing only one past first base.Mike Minor (8-12) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings. He allowed only one hit in the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.The Royals (59-74) got on the board in the second. Michael A. Taylor walked, went to second on an infield grounder and to third on balk. He scored on a two-out single by Hunter Dozier.
Indians rally for 11-inning win over Royals
Austin Hedges' bloop single with two outs in the top of the 11th inning lifted the visiting Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.After the Royals' Ervin Santana (1-2) retired the first two batters in the 11th, Bobby Bradley was intentionally walked. Hedges lofted one just beyond the reach of first baseman Carlos Santana, scoring pinch runner Daniel Johnson, who began the inning at second. Yu Chang then drove in Bradley with a double.Both teams wasted opportunities in the 10th. Domingo Tapia got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the inning, getting Franmil Reyes to fly out. The Royals had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th and couldn't score against Blake Parker (2-0)Taylor Stephan pitched a perfect inning to earn his first career save.The Indians, who have won three in a row overall, will aim for a three-game series sweep on Thursday. The Royals, who led 3-0 after four innings, dropped their third straight contest.Both starting pitchers were solid, but neither was involved in the decision.Kansas City's Jackson Kowar allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits over six innings, lowering his ERA from 18.00 to 8.18. Cleveland's Logan Allen allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings.The Royals loaded the bases in the first with one out on singles by Whit Merrifield and Nicky Lopez and a one-out walk to Carlos Santana, but they managed only one run, on Michael A. Taylor's sacrifice fly.
Amed Rosario drives in 5 as Indians top Royals
Amed Rosario was 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the host Kansas City Royals 7-2 on Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series.It was Rosario's second career multi-homer game, his first five-RBI game and his second five-hit game.Zach Plesac (9-4) earned the win for the Indians with seven scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits, striking out seven and walking none, though he did hit a batter.Salvador Perez, who was named the American League player of the week on Monday, was hitless (0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch). He's now 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his career off Plesac. Perez just finished a 10-game road trip where he batted.324 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs, including home runs in his last five games.Jakob Junis (2-4) took the loss for Kansas City. He gave up three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first appearance with the big-league club since June 3. He had been sent to Triple-A Omaha, where he had four starts before going on the injured list with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss almost seven weeks.The Indians got on the board in the first inning when Rosario hit an inside-the-park home run, the Indians' first since Aug. 24, 2018, when Jason Kipnis also did it in Kansas City. Rosario's slicing drive to right field just eluded the glove of right fielder Edward Olivares and caromed away. Olivares got back on his feet and threw home, but not in time.
Mariners top hot-hitting Salvador Perez, Royals in series finale
Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh inning to break a tie and lead the host Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, despite another home run by the Royals' Salvador Perez.Jarred Kelenic also homered and left-hander Marco Gonzales (6-5) pitched seven strong innings for Seattle, which salvaged the finale of the four-game series.Perez homered for a fifth consecutive game, eclipsing his previous career best set in 2017. It was his 38th of the season.Michael A. Taylor also went deep for the Royals, who finished their 10-game trip with a 7-3 record.Gonzales allowed two runs -- both on solo shots -- on five hits. He walked two and struck out four to win his fifth consecutive decision.Seager's homer off right-hander Tyler Zuber (0-3) broke a 2-2 tie.The Royals got a run back in the eighth as Nicky Lopez singled and scored on a one-out single by Perez off Paul Sewald, but fellow right-hander Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.The Mariners scored an unearned run in the first. With two outs, Royals right fielder Edward Olivares dropped a fly ball by Seager for a two-base error. Ty France grounded a run-scoring single into center to make it 1-0.
Salvador Perez homers in fourth straight game as Royals beat Mariners
Salvador Perez homered for the fourth consecutive game Saturday afternoon as the Kansas City Royals defeated the host Seattle Mariners 4-2.Perez hit grand slams in each of the first two games of the series, and although Saturday's fifth-inning blast was just a two-run shot, it sent the Royals on their way to their third successive win over the Mariners.He had become the first Royals player and just the 25th in baseball history to hit grand slams in back-to-back games, and had a chance for three in a row when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning against Mariners left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-9).Perez flew out to shallow left field on a 1-1 pitch, but in his next plate appearance, with Nicky Lopez on first following a two-out single, Perez lined a shot that bounced off the top of the left-field wall and into the Royals bullpen for a 3-0 lead.It was his 37th homer of the season, which ranks second in the major league to the Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, who had 41 heading into Saturday night's games.Whit Merrifield led off the game with his 10th homer of the season for the Royals, who will attempt to complete a sweep of the four-game series Sunday by winning for the eighth time in their past 10 games.Kansas City left-hander Daniel Lynch, who was 3-0 over his previous four starts, pitched well but fell victim to a high pitch count and didn't qualify for the victory.
Royals outlast Mariners in 12 innings
Edward Olivares hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the 12th inning after Salvador Perez belted another grand slam as the Kansas City Royals defeated the host Seattle Mariners 8-7 Friday night.Olivares, who came on as a defensive substitute in right field in the seventh inning, also had a sacrifice fly in the 10th.The Mariners scored once in the bottom of the 12th, on a wild pitch and groundout, before right-hander Josh Staumont (3-2) struck out rookie Jarred Kelenic with two runners on to end it.Seattle righty Yohan Ramirez (0-2) took the loss after serving up Olivares' homer.Perez tied the score at 5-5 in the fourth inning when he became the first Royals player and just the 25th in modern major league history to hit slams in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last to do it was Milwaukee's Tyler Saladino in 2019.The score remained that way until the 10th, when both teams scored runs on sacrifice flies before a scoreless 11th.For the second straight night, the Royals rallied for a win after facing an early four-run deficit.Kansas City scored in the first as Whit Merrifield led off with a double, stole third and came home on Nicky Lopez's single to center.The Mariners scored three times in the bottom of the inning and twice more in the second to take a 5-1 lead.
Salvador Perez's slam lifts Royals past Mariners
Salvador Perez hit a grand slam and Ervin Santana earned his first victory since 2017 as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 6-4 Thursday night.Santana pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the victory, and fellow right-hander Scott Barlow worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save.Kyle Seager and Jake Fraley went deep for the Mariners, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.Mariners reliever Joe Smith (2-2) took the loss after serving up Perez's slam.Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, the Mariners' All-Star representative, cruised through the first five innings, allowing only a leadoff single to Hunter Dozier in the second. However, Kikuchi never recorded an out in the sixth after the Mariners provided him a 4-0 lead.Ryan O'Hearn led off the Kansas City sixth with a single up the middle, and Emmanuel Rivera lined a single to right. Whit Merrifield then doubled into the left-field corner, scoring O'Hearn. A walk to Nicky Lopez loaded the bases, and Kikuchi was lifted for Smith.The move backfired as Perez hit a 2-0 pitch off the out-of-town scoreboard over the Royals bullpen in left field to make it 5-4. The home run was Perez's 35th of the season.Kansas City added a run in the seventh as Rivera reached on a one-out fielding error by second baseman Abraham Toro, stole second and scored on Lopez's line-drive single to center.