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Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Tyler Glasnow threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers used three solo home runs to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to win the three-game series.

Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani ripped solo homers in the third and sixth innings and Freddie Freeman followed Ohtani's second homer with one of his own to account for all the game's scoring.

The Royals got through a tough stretch of 12 games against first-place teams -- the Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and the Dodgers are all division leaders -- with a 5-7 record.

The Dodgers have won six of their last 12 going back to June 4 in Pittsburgh.

Dodgers superstar shortstop Mookie Betts came out of the game in the seventh inning Sunday after getting hit in the left hand on a 97.9-mph fastball from Royals right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla and exited the game.

The game shaped up to be a pitchers' duel between Glasnow and Royals ace Brady Singer. Ohtani got ahold of a 2-1 sinker from Singer and crushed it 451 feet to deep center field for a 1-0 lead.

Ohtani struck again in the sixth. The Dodgers designated hitter connected on a first-pitch slider from Singer and knocked it 400 feet into the right-field seats for his 19th homer of the season.

Three pitches later, Freeman ripped a 2-0 slider from Singer 401 feet out to right for a 3-0 Dodgers' lead. It was Freeman's 10th homer of the year.

Ohtani's first homer came on Singer's 50th pitch of the game and his second homer came on Singer's 80th.

Singer (4-4) allowed three runs on five hits over six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts in a 90-pitch outing to take the loss.

Glasnow (7-5) got the win, allowing just three hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out nine.

Daniel Hudson threw a scoreless eighth for the Dodgers before Evan Phillips came in to pitch around a one-out walk to Bobby Witt Jr. to record his 10th save.

MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez capped a 12-pitch at-bat with his first career grand slam and Seth Lugo tossed six strong innings as the visiting Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Saturday night.

Lugo (10-2) reached double digits in wins for the first time in his nine-year career while yielding two runs on six hits. John Schreiber, Sam Long and Nick Anderson combined for three scoreless innings to help the Royals even the three-game series at a game apiece.

Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto exited the game after two innings due to triceps tightness. The right-hander threw 28 pitches and was replaced by Michael Grove to start the third inning.

Gavin Lux drove in both runs for Los Angeles, which has lost three of its last four games. Teoscar Hernandez added a pair of singles.

Trailing 2-1 with one out in the sixth inning, Kansas City loaded the bases with three consecutive walks against Blake Treinen (2-1).

After Adam Frazier struck out, Melendez fouled off six two-strike pitches and took a ball during his epic at-bat before depositing Treinen's 3-2 offering into the right field seats.

Melendez entered the game mired in a 4-for-41 slump before hitting the 395-foot homer, his eighth this season.

Treinen had not allowed a run this season, counting 13 scoreless frames since making his season debut on May 5.

Kansas City broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Vinnie Pasquantino led off with a single, went to third on Freddy Fermin's one-out double, and scored on Nick Loftin's groundout.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and moved ahead on Lux's two-run single.

Yamamoto's early departure forced the Dodgers to use five relievers to cover the final seven innings.

Kansas City added to its lead with two runs in the seventh inning against Anthony Banda. Bobby Witt Jr. singled in a run after Garrett Hampson hit a leadoff triple and Maikel Garcia walked.

Witt and Garcia followed with a double steal, Pasquantino struck out, and Garcia scored on Nelson Velazquez's sacrifice fly.

Melendez finished 2-for-4. Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez sat out due to a right knee injury and is listed as day-to-day after undergoing an MRI that revealed no structural damage.

The Royals are visiting Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2017.

Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers due to a right knee injury.

Perez, 34, underwent an MRI exam Saturday and no structural damage was detected.

"I didn't know what to think," Royals manager Matt Quatraro told reporters before Saturday's game. "He's so tough, you never know. But the fact that he's day-to-day and not going on the (injured list) is a big help for us."

Kansas City recalled catcher Austin Nola from Triple-A Omaha to provide catching insurance. Freddy Fermin started Saturday's game and is batting in the No. 5 spot in the lineup.

Perez, an eight-time All-Star, exited Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in the eighth inning due to the injury. He was injured in the fourth inning while blocking a pitch and said he felt immediate pain.

"Maybe my spike got stuck a little bit," Perez told reporters after Friday's game. "I went (through) the next couple of innings and tried to feel better, but it got worse after three or four more innings. So I decided to talk to (head athletic trainer Kyle Turner). Sometimes you feel something, you keep going for a couple more innings and it goes away."

Perez is batting .297 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs in 69 games this season. The five-time Gold Glove winner has 257 career homers and 857 RBIs in 1,463 games since reaching the majors with the Royals in 2011.

Nola was batting just .100 (6-for-60) in 20 games for Omaha. He has a .249 career average in 345 major league games with the Seattle Mariners (2019-20) and San Diego Padres (2020-23). He batted just .146 in 52 games for San Diego last season.

Fermin is batting .294 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 41 games this season.

Kansas City optioned left-hander Anthony Veneziano to Omaha to open a roster spot for Nola. Veneziano has a 4.50 ERA in two appearances with the Royals this season.

Dodgers break tie in eighth inning, edge Royals

Dodgers break tie in eighth inning, edge Royals

Chris Taylor hit his first home run of the season and Freddie Freeman hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 4-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

Miguel Rojas also hit a home run for the Dodgers, who rebounded from consecutive home defeats against the Texas Rangers when they scored three combined runs.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run for the Royals, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Maikel Garcia had two hits and a run for Kansas City, which also lost for the sixth time in its last eight road games.

The Royals were the first to get on the scoreboard with a three-run fourth inning. Garcia led off the inning with a single and Vinnie Pasquantino worked a one-out walk. Perez drilled a first-pitch slider from Stone over the wall in left field, his 11th of the season, for a 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers' followed the Royals' long-ball lead in the fifth inning with some production from the bottom of the order. Rojas followed an Andy Pages single with a home run to left field, his third bomb of the season.

Two batters later, the Dodgers tied it when Taylor hit a home run to left off Royals left-hander Cole Ragans, Taylor's first long ball since last Sept. 7. Taylor entered batting just .100 (9-for-90) in 38 games.

The Dodgers' Mookie Betts had a one-out single in the eighth inning off Royals left-hander Will Smith (0-3). Betts advanced to second after a throwing error by Smith on a pickoff attempt at first base, and scored on Freeman's two-out single for Los Angeles' first lead.

Dodgers left-hander Alex Vesia pitched the ninth inning for his third save. Daniel Hudson (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win.

Perez was replaced by Freddy Fermin in the ninth inning after the Royals' veteran catcher appeared to come away with an injury to his left hand earlier in the game.

Dodgers starter Gavin Stone gave up three runs on four hits over seven innings. Ragans gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings for the Royals.

Maikel Garcia's walk-off hit saves Royals from sweep to Yankees

Maikel Garcia's walk-off hit saves Royals from sweep to Yankees

Maikel Garcia's ninth-inning double boosted the host Kansas City Royals past the New York Yankees 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to avoid a four-game sweep.

Trailing 3-2, the Royals rallied with three hits against closer Clay Holmes (1-2).

With one out, Drew Waters reached on an infield hit, and Kyle Isbel singled with two outs. Garcia drove Holmes' 2-0 pitch into the left-field corner, scoring both runners for the Royals' fourth walk-off win.

After getting just one hit against Kansas City starter Alec Marsh through seven innings, New York rallied for three runs in the eighth, starting with Anthony Rizzo's first homer since May 10.

After Anthony Volpe hit a run-scoring groundout to tie the game, Juan Soto's single to right put the Yankees ahead. Soto was thrown out at second for the final out of the inning.

James McArthur (3-3) allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth as the Royals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

Marsh walked two through six hitless frames before Soto broke up the no-hitter with a seventh-inning leadoff single. Marsh allowed just one runner past first and finished seven innings, striking out seven, including Aaron Judge three times.

Opening the fourth, Garcia walked on four pitches and Bobby Witt Jr. slapped a single to center for a career-best 14-game hitting streak. Witt had two of Kansas City's nine hits and leads the majors with a .330 average.

Vinnie Pasquantino plated two with a double to left-center for the Royals' first lead of the series. His 16 go-ahead RBIs are second only to Judge in Major League Baseball.

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out two.

Soto had two of New York's five hits. During the series, the Yankees scored 15 of 28 runs via home run.

The Yankees' four-game winning streak ended, but they have still won 12 of 15.

Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Jose Trevino, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres hit multi-run homers as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

The Yankees quickly loaded the bases against Royals opener Dan Altavilla with two singles and a walk. With one out, Alex Verdugo smacked a bad-hop single past first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, scoring two.

Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly brought in a run ahead of Trevino's three-run homer into the left field bullpen as New York took a 6-0 lead before the Royals ever came to bat.

Altavilla (0-1) retired one of six batters faced, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks before giving way to Daniel Lynch IV with one out and the bases loaded.

In the fifth, Stanton connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot 449 feet to left for an 8-0 lead.

Torres hit his sixth homer in the seventh, a three-run blast to left for an 11-2 advantage.

Trevino, Stanton and Anthony Volpe each had two of New York's 11 hits. Juan Soto reached base safely four times and scored three runs.

Over his first five innings, Cody Poteet (3-0) allowed two singles and two walks but allowed no runs, inducing a pair of double-play grounders while facing just two over the minimum. He stumbled in the sixth, allowing three of the first four batters to reach base before being lifted. He ended up going 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

The Yankees have won 12 of 14 and outscored the Royals 25-8 while winning the first three of the four-game series.

Bobby Witt Jr. got Kansas City on the scoreboard with an RBI double in the sixth, then scored on Nelson Velazquez's sacrifice fly.

Witt added an RBI single in a three-run seventh. He had three hits and is batting .414 during his 13-game hitting streak, tied for his career best.

Lynch IV surrendered three homers in 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits.

Salvador Perez collected a career-high three walks while reaching safely five times. Kyle Isbel had two of the Royals' 11 hits and scored twice.

Kansas City has lost four straight.

Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Aaron Judge, back from his first day off of the season, homered and knocked in three runs as the New York Yankees demolished the host Kansas City Royals 10-1 Tuesday.

Following a rest day, Judge returned to deliver a first-inning RBI single, plating Anthony Volpe, who tripled on the second pitch of the game.

In the seventh, Judge hit a two-run, 436-foot blast to center, his 25th, for a 9-0 Yankees lead. He is hitting .401 with 21 homers and 49 RBIs over his past 41 games.

Giancarlo Stanton homered, his 16th, and drove in two for New York, which has won three straight and 11 of 13.

The Yankees' Gleyber Torres delivered an RBI hit ahead of Austin Wells' three-run homer to center during a four-run fourth inning as the Yankees increased the margin to 6-0. The long ball was Wells' second of the year.

New York starter Marcus Stroman (6-2) threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out one. Stroman is unbeaten in his past six starts.

Yankees starters have thrown at least four innings in all 69 games this year, the longest single-season stretch in franchise history.

New York has won 13 of its past 16 games against Kansas City.

Oswaldo Cabrera's two-out RBI hit in the sixth drove Royals starter Brady Singer from the mound. Singer (4-3) allowed a season-high seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Kansas City's Freddy Fermin hit an eighth-inning homer, his second of the year.

Bobby Witt Jr. doubled and singled, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, one shy of his career best. Witt had two of Kansas City's five hits.

Drew Waters, called up from Triple-A Omaha, replaced Hunter Renfroe in right field as Renfroe went to the injured list with a broken left big toe. Renfroe was injured when he fouled two pitches off his foot on Monday.

Infielder Nick Pratto pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Royals, who have lost three straight and 10 of 15.

Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day injured list and infielder Adam Frazier on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's home game against the New York Yankees.

Renfroe fractured the big toe on his left foot during Monday's 4-2 loss against the Yankees. He fouled two pitches off the foot during a 12-pitch at-bat in the third inning against New York left-hander Carlos Rodon.

Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said Renfroe is getting further imaging done before the club settles on a timetable for his return.

"We're getting one more exam on him (Tuesday) to see if we can clarify exactly what's wrong and how long it's going to be," Quatraro said. "He's in pain, but we're hopeful that the further testing gives us a better insight into what it is."

Renfroe, 32, feels the fracture occurred during the first of the two foul balls. He eventually struck out and was replaced before the top of the fifth inning.

The injury comes at a bad time, as Renfroe had found a groove at the plate. Prior to Monday's abbreviated night, Renfroe had a hit in nine straight games and was 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers and seven RBIs during that span.

"It's pretty aggravating," Renfroe said before Tuesday's game. "It always seems to happen, for any player really, once you start going good, you start moving around a lot, get on base a lot, all of a sudden, something happens. You pull something, you get hurt, a freak accident happens. It's one of those things in baseball where it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's part of it."

The recent tear allowed Renfroe to increase his average to .200. He has six homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games.

Frazier, 32, is batting .225 with two homers and 10 RBIs across 50 games.

Kansas City recalled outfielder Drew Waters and infielder Nick Pratto from Triple-A Omaha in corresponding moves.

Waters, 25, is batting .277 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 50 games at Omaha. In 130 games with the Royals over the past two seasons, he hit .231 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Pratto, 25, has a .234 average with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 53 games at Omaha. He has a .216 average with 14 homers and 55 RBIs in 144 games with the Royals over the past two seasons.

Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon threw seven solid innings, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win on Monday against the host Kansas City Royals.

Rodon (9-2) was aided by several fine defensive plays, including a diving stop by first baseman DJ LeMahieu on Bobby Witt Jr.'s sharp grounder along the first base line in the fourth inning.

Nelson Velazquez got the Royals' first hit, opening the fifth with a sharp single to left. Nick Loftin followed with a broken-bat infield hit.

Through six innings, the Royals managed just three baserunners -- two were erased on double-play grounders -- and only one advanced past second.

Trailing 4-0, Kansas City broke through in the seventh with three hits, capped by Freddy Fermin's RBI single to center.

Rodon allowed a run on five singles with three strikeouts to win his seventh consecutive start.

The Yankees banged out eight singles against Seth Lugo (9-2), scoring two runs in the first and two in the fourth.

Three consecutive first-inning hits produced a run when Alex Verdugo's sharp grounder past Witt at short, and LeMahieu collected his first RBI of the year with a squeeze bunt for a 2-0 lead.

Jose Trevino's two-out, two-run hit to center gave New York a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

Lugo went seven innings, allowing four runs with a walk and two hit batters. He struck out four.

Michael Tonkin earned his first save of the year -- and second of his career -- when he struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

The win was Aaron Boone's 556th as manager, matching Billy Martin for seventh all-time for the Yankees.

Witt extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with a run-scoring double in the eighth, cutting the Yankees lead to 4-2.

Royals right-fielder Hunter Renfroe left the game in the top of the fifth with a fractured left big toe.

Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Julio Rodriguez hit a run-scoring single into right field with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to break a tie and the Seattle Mariners went on to defeat the host Kansas City Royals 6-5 Sunday afternoon to avoid a three-game sweep.

With Josh Rojas the runner at second to open the 10th and the score tied at 3-3, the Mariners' Ryan Bliss put down a sacrifice bunt. After J.P. Crawford struck out, Dylan Moore drew a walk to bring up Rodriguez, whose eighth-inning double gave him hits in all 16 career games against the Royals. Rodriguez grounded a single to right off James McArthur (2-3), scoring Rojas and sending Moore to third.

A walk to Mitch Garver loaded the bases for Cal Raleigh, who hit a two-run single to right to make it 6-3.

Hunter Renfroe led off the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer to left off Austin Voth to score ghost runner Freddy Fermin, pulling the Royals within a run. Following a single by Matt Isbel, Voth got

Maikel Garcia to ground into a forceout and Bobby Witt Jr. to fly out to right before lefty Tayler Saucedo retired Vinnie Pasquantino on a groundout to second to earn his third save.

Mariners reliever Mike Baumann (3-0) was credited with the victory despite blowing a chance for his first career save in the ninth. With two outs, the Royals' Nick Loftin doubled to right-center and MJ

Melendez hit the next pitch over the right-field wall to tie the score.

Crawford hit a leadoff homer in the first inning for a second consecutive day and Tyler Locklear, making his MLB debut, hit a run-scoring double in the seventh. Locklear's contract was selected from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day when first baseman Ty France was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right heel suffered when hit by a pitch Friday.

Seattle's George Kirby and Kansas City's Cole Ragans both made quality starts.

Kirby allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. Ragans gave up just one run on three hits in six innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier went 2 for 2 with a double and home run against his former team as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 8-4 Saturday afternoon.

Vinnie Pasquantino and Kyle Isbel added two-run doubles for the Royals, who have won the first two games of the series after rallying from an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 decision Friday night.

J.P. Crawford and Mitch Garver homered for the Mariners.

Royals starter Alec Marsh (5-3) earned the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight.

Seattle's Luis Castillo (5-7) gave up five runs on six hits in five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.

Crawford hit the game's first pitch over the right-field wall.

The Royals tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning as Maikel Garcia led off with a single, stole second and scored on Salvador Perez's two-out single to left.

Kansas City took the lead in the second as, with one out, Frazier capped a nine-pitch at-bat by going deep to right.

Seattle regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. With one out, Garver hit a towering blast just inside the left-field foul pole. Two-out singles by Dominic Canzone, Ryan Bliss and Crawford made it 3-2.

The Royals wasted no time in rallying. Frazier led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on Nick Loftin's single. A sacrifice bunt and a walk put runners at first and second and both scored on Pasquantino's two-out double to right that broke the tie.

Julio Rodriguez and Cal Raleigh led off the Seattle sixth with singles, ending Marsh's afternoon. Reliever Sam Long issued a one-out walk to Garver to load the bases and Dylan Moore hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it 5-4.

The Royals again responded, scoring twice off reliever Kirby Snead in the bottom of the frame. Nelson Velazquez walked with one out, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Loftin walked and Isbel hit a two-run double into the left-field corner to extend the lead to 7-4.

The Royals capped the scoring in the eighth after Hunter Renfroe doubled with one out off Trent Thornton. Pinch-runner Dairon Blanco stole third and tallied on Isbel's sacrifice fly to center.

Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Bobby Witt Jr. hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the ninth inning and then scored the winning run as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-9 victory against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

MJ Melendez launched a three-run homer for the Royals, who trailed 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.

Seattle's Ryan Bliss hit his first major league homer, capping a seven-run first inning.

Royals reliever Nick Anderson (3-1) got the victory and Seattle's Ryne Stanek (3-1) took the loss.

Trailing 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Loftin drew a leadoff walk and Garrett Hampson hit an infield single to third. The runners advanced to second and third after Josh Rojas' errant throw. Maikel Garcia grounded out to short to pull the Royals within a run before Witt tripled into the left field corner to tie the score.

The Mariners intentionally walked Vinnie Pasquantino and Salvador Perez to load the bases for Nelson Velazquez, who hit a hard one-hopper to Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, who made a diving stop but was unable to turn a double play.

All seven of Seattle's runs in the first scored with two outs. Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch with one out, Julio Rodriguez lined a single to left and France was plunked to load the bases. With two outs, Mitch Garver drew a walk to score the first run. Mitch Haniger lined a three-run double to center and Victor Robles doubled to left-center to make it 5-0. Bliss then launched a 2-2 fastball just to the left of the fountains in left field, a 421-foot blast.

The Mariners added a run in the fourth on a leadoff single by Crawford, a one-out walk to Rodriguez and France's ground-rule double down the right field line.

The Royals cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the inning. Witt led off with an infield single and Pasquantino walked. Both runners advanced on a groundout by Perez and Witt scored on an infield single to third by Velazquez. Melendez hit the next pitch 406 feet to right field to make it 8-4.

The Mariners scored in the sixth as Moore led off with a double to left and Garver doubled him home with two outs to push Seattle's lead to 9-5.

Again, the Royals responded in the bottom of the inning. Pasquantino hit a leadoff single to right and Perez and Velasquez walked to load the bases, ending Bryce Miller's night. Lefty Tayler Saucedo got Melendez to ground out to first to score one run before Hunter Renfroe blooped a single to center, scoring two to make it 9-7.

Both starting pitchers struggled. Miller was charged with seven runs on six hits in five-plus innings. Royals lefty Daniel Lynch IV allowed eight runs on six hits over four innings.

Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel delivered a two-out, tiebreaking single in the eighth, and five Kansas City relievers held the Cleveland Guardians without a hit over 5 1/3 innings, during the Royals' 4-3 road win Thursday.

Relievers Will Smith, Angel Zerpa, Sam Long (1-1), John Schreiber and James McArthur (12th save) stymied the AL Central-leading Guardians to split this abbreviated two-game series. Vinny Pasquantino and Hunter Renfroe each had two hits with an RBI as the Royals won for the third time in 10 games.

Jose Ramirez hit his 17th homer for Cleveland, which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and couldn't take advantage of the Royals stranding 11 men.

Kansas City took advantage of some early poor defense from Cleveland. Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez couldn't handle Maikel Garcia's liner to open the game. Garcia then went to third via first baseman Josh Naylor's error on starter Tanner Bibee's pickoff attempt and scored when Pasquantino doubled to right.

In the fourth, Ramirez added an RBI infield hit following consecutive two-out singles from Steven Kwan and Gimenez to make it 3-1.

Ramirez's single ended the day for Singer, who was charged with two earned runs while allowing nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

However, the Royals ended Bibee's day in the sixth. After he allowed a single to Freddy Fermin and walked MJ Melendez, reliever Nick Sandlin yielded an RBI double to Renfroe. Melendez then scored the tying run via Isbel's fielder's choice grounder on a play where video review overturned an initial out call.

Two of the three runs Bibee allowed were earned while giving up six hits and one walk while striking out seven in five-plus innings.

Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Wednesday's game between the Kansas City Royals and host Cleveland Guardians was postponed due to inclement weather in Northern Ohio.

The contest will be rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 26, in Cleveland as part of a split doubleheader.

The Royals and Guardians will finish what is now a two-game series on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland notched an 8-5 win in the series opener on Tuesday.

Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer (4-2, 2.63 ERA) was slated to start Wednesday but will now take the ball on Thursday.

Cleveland was going with a bullpen game Wednesday so right-hander Tanner Bibee (4-1, 3.74) is slated to start Thursday as previously scheduled.

The Guardians lead the American League Central by five games over the second-place Royals.

Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Tyler Freeman's two-run, tying homer highlighted a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Guardians rallied from a five-run deficit to down the visiting Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Tuesday night.

Later in the inning, the Guardians loaded the bases against relievers Sam Long (0-1) and Angel Zerpa. With two outs, Cleveland's David Fry hit a chopper to Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who failed to touch second base for a force while throwing wild to first -- allowing all three runners to score.

Kansas City couldn't answer and wasted a pair of two-run homers by Witt in the opener of a three-game set, losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Lugo, who entered 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA, allowed a season-high five runs with six hits in six-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Cleveland's Triston McKenzie also allowed five runs, on nine hits and two walks, and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Cade Smith (3-0) got the win and Emmanuel Clase recorded his 19th save for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who have won 16 of 20 and became the third team to reach 40 victories.

Kansas City's Hunter Renfroe led off the third with an opposite field homer into the right field seats. Maikel Garcia recorded a one-out single and stole second before Witt followed with a blast over the 19-foot-high wall in left-center field for a 3-0 Royals lead.

The combination of Garcia and Witt came through again in the fourth. After the former singled, the latter went deep again.

Lugo retired the first nine batters he faced but ran into trouble in the fourth. Steven Kwan hit a leadoff double to right and eventually scored on Jose Ramirez's single. Josh Naylor then delivered a two-run homer into the left field stands.

Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Nelson Velazquez's two-run triple and Nick Loftin's sacrifice fly rallied the Kansas City Royals past the visiting San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to salvage the final game of the weekend series.

With the Royals trailing by two, Vinnie Pasquantino singled and Salvador Perez walked to lead off the ninth. Velazquez blasted a 1-1 slider from Yuki Matsui (3-1) deep to center field, tying the game.

Loftin delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly to right as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak.

Velazquez's first triple since 2022 was the only extra-base hit for the Royals, who extended their streak of at least one such hit to a club-record 61 games, the third-longest streak to begin a season in the last 10 years.

The Padres gained a 3-1 lead with four straight hits to open the eighth.

Tyler Wade reached on an infield hit and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt before Fernando Tatis Jr. delivered an RBI hit through the drawn-in infield.

Jurickson Profar followed with another infield hit and Manny Machado drove an RBI hit to right against Angel Zerpa, who faced four hitters, allowing singles to each while surrendering two runs.

Kansas City's Will Klein (1-0) earned his first career win with a hitless ninth.

Starting pitchers Michael King of San Diego and Cole Ragans of Kansas City battled to a 1-all draw through six innings.

King completed seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Ragans finished six innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Pasquantino's fourth-inning sacrifice fly opened the scoring. Luis Arraez's two-out RBI hit tied the game in the next frame.

Kansas City centerfielder Kyle Isbel left the game in the sixth inning with a non-concussive head and neck injury following a collision with Bobby Witt Jr. while chasing a fly ball.

The Royals avoided their first series sweep of the year while the Padres failed to complete their first series sweep.

Royals place RHP Michael Wacha (foot) on 15-day IL

Royals place RHP Michael Wacha (foot) on 15-day IL

The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 15-day injured list Sunday with a fractured left foot.

The move was retroactive to Saturday, one day after Wacha was drilled by a comebacker off the bat of Luis Arraez in the first inning of an 11-8 loss to the San Diego Padres. Wacha remained in the game and received a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Wacha, 32, is 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts this season. He owns a 92-59 record with a 3.98 ERA in 261 career appearances (240 starts) with six teams.

Also on Sunday, the Royals recalled left-hander Daniel Lynch IV from Triple-A Omaha.

Lynch, 27, has a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP without a decision in three games (two starts) with Kansas City this season. He is 11-23 with a 5.01 ERA in 54 career appearances (53 starts) with the Royals since 2021.

Clutch hitting lifts Padres past Royals

Clutch hitting lifts Padres past Royals

Ha-Seong Kim's bases-clearing double led the visiting San Diego Padres past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.

With one out in the fourth and the Padres trailing by a run, Kim drilled Alec Marsh's sweeper to the center-field wall, plating three for a 5-3 advantage.

Kim's decisive hit followed a controversial single by Jackson Merrill, who appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Home plate umpire and crew chief Andy Fletcher overturned the play, instead ruling a foul ball off Merrill's foot. Merrill singled on the next pitch, loading the bases.

Kim also tripled as San Diego pounded Marsh (4-3) for five runs on seven hits, including four for extra bases. Marsh walked Manny Machado three times and hit a batter, completing five innings with three strikeouts.

San Diego starter Randy Vasquez (1-3) finished five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts to earn his first win since Aug. 11.

Vasquez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to Saturday's game when Joe Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start, going to the injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Vinnie Pasquantino traded run-scoring hits in the early innings as the Royals built a 3-2 lead.

Tatis hit a solo homer in the first, his team-leading 10th.

Pasquantino answered in the bottom of the frame with his seventh home run, a two-run shot into the right-field bullpen.

Luis Arraez then tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the third, but Pasquantino again put the Royals ahead with his two-out hit in the bottom of the inning.

Four Padres relievers held Kansas City scoreless over the final four innings.

Kyle Higashioka led off the ninth with his second homer.

The Padres have won five of six games and eight of their last 10 series.

Pasquantino had three of the Royals' eight hits. Kansas City has lost six of seven.

Padres score nine in 8th to top Royals

Padres score nine in 8th to top Royals

Jake Cronenworth's go-ahead two-run single sparked a nine-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres held off the host Kansas City Royals 11-8 on Friday.

Batting with the bases loaded in the eighth, Cronenworth hit a two-run single to give the Padres a 4-3 lead. He also delivered an RBI double as San Diego set a club record with 11 hits in the inning.

Royals relievers John Schreiber (3-1) and James McArthur combined to give up seven runs while recording no outs in the inning.

Luis Arraez had four singles -- two in the eighth inning -- and scored three runs. It was his fifth four-hit game of the year, and his 82 hits lead the majors.

Yuki Matsui (3-0) recorded three outs for the win. Robert Suarez got the final out for his 17th save. Padres starter Dylan Cease gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

In the sixth, Fernando Tatis Jr.'s one-out, RBI double off the wall in center field drove in the first run of the game. Jurickson Profar followed with an RBI single, ending Royals starter Michael Wacha's outing. He threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Kansas City collected leadoff doubles in the second and third innings, but neither runner advanced past second.

In the sixth, Maikel Garcia hit a sharp single into center field, putting runners at the corners. Bobby Witt Jr., who finished with three hits, followed with an RBI single and Vinnie Pasquantino's ground-rule double tied the score at 2-2, ending Cease's outing.

Riding a streak of 13 consecutive strikeouts, Jeremiah Estrada entered the game and -- after a pitch clock violation for ball one -- intentionally walked Salvador Perez to load the bases. Nelson Velazquez's sacrifice fly to center gave the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Velazquez hit a solo homer in a five-run ninth for the Royals, who have lost five of six.

Twins rally from early deficit, take series from Royals

Twins rally from early deficit, take series from Royals

Ryan Jeffers went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Carlos Correa also finished with three RBIs on a tiebreaking, bases-clearing triple for the Twins, who earned a series victory with three wins in four games against Kansas City. Max Kepler went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Minnesota.

Bobby Witt Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for the Royals. M.J. Melendez and Vinnie Pasquantino homered.

Twins left-hander Caleb Thielbar (2-1) earned the victory in relief. He got the final out of the sixth inning as the replacement for starter Chris Paddack, who allowed four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Royals right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3) took the loss out of the bullpen. He gave up four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. In his first start since May 5, Daniel Lynch IV was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings.

Twins closer Jhoan Duran collected his ninth save. He gave up two unearned runs on one hit and one walk but got the final three outs in the ninth.

Minnesota overcame a 4-0 deficit to rally for the win. The Twins scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to seize the lead for good.

Pasquantino gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first with a 417-foot homer to right-center, his sixth of the season.

Witt made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the third and Melendez provided a solo shot, his fifth homer of 2024, to increase the Royals' advantage to 4-0 in the fourth.

The Twins pulled within 4-2 on Jeffers' two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth.

Jeffers struck again, this time on a solo shot, to cut the Twins' deficit to 4-3 in the fifth. It was his team-leading 12th homer of the season.

In the sixth, Kepler evened the score at 4-4 with an RBI single to left.

Correa provided the game-changing hit later in the inning. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and ripped a triple to right.

Witt finished the scoring with a two-run single in the ninth.

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