CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Kyle Isbel hit a two-run single in Kansas City’s three-run 10th inning, and the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday.
Whit Merrifield scored the go-ahead run within the 10th when White Sox catcher Reese McGuire was charged with a handed ball with the bases loaded and two out. Then Isbel, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha earlier than the sport, bought his hit off left-hander Aaron Bummer (0-1).
“A big stress relief after the (passed ball),” Isbel mentioned. “I was just happy to come through.”
Chicago was held to a few hits by means of the primary seven innings, however tied it within the eighth off reliever Josh Staumont on singles by Yasmani Grandal and Jake Burger and a sacrifice fly by AJ Pollock.
That worn out an distinctive efficiency by Royals starter Brad Keller, who induced 12 groundball outs and didn’t throw greater than 15 pitches in any of his seven innings. Keller, who lowered his ERA to 2.19, has acquired three runs of assist in his 24 2/3 innings.
“That was complete-game stuff,” Royals supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned. “We give him a little bit more offense, and he’s finishing that game.”
Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI double within the first inning to increase his hitting streak to 10 video games, and within the fifth, his sacrifice fly scored Cam Gallagher to offer the Royals a 2-0 lead.
But the Royals missed alternatives within the sixth and eighth, and Benintendi’s feeble throw from left area enabled pinch-runner Josh Harrison to attain the tying run.
Scott Barlow (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth, and Taylor Clarke earned his first save since April 20, 2019, which got here towards the Cubs at Wrigley Field as a member of the Diamondbacks.
The Royals have received two of their final three video games, whereas the Sox have dropped 9 of their final 10.
“It is cruel, I think,” White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned. “You have bases loaded, two outs, lefty against lefty, and you think ‘Wow, we get this out, and we can score a run and win.’ All of a sudden, there’s three on the board. This game will drive you nuts.”
Chicago didn’t advance a runner previous first base till Leury Garcia hit a house run with two out within the sixth for his first RBI of the season. Garcia had been 4 for 42 (.095) earlier than going deep.
White Sox starter Michael Kopech pitched 5 innings for the third consecutive begin however was pulled after throwing a career-high 94 pitches. Kopech walked two throughout a 31-pitch first and issued a season-high 4 walks.
“I just didn’t have my sharpest stuff,” Kopech mentioned. “I didn’t execute what I did have early on. I had to fight through what I had.”
Sox rookie reliever Tanner Banks threw two scoreless innings; he hasn’t been scored upon in 12 innings.
Royals slugger Salvador Perez went 0 for five and is hitless in his final 16 at-bats.
Royals: Placed INF Adalberto Mondesi (left knee) on the 10-day injured checklist, retroactive to April 27. … RHP Brady Singer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. “The best thing is for him (Singer) to pitch,” Matheny mentioned. Singer, who made 27 begins in 2021, has a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. … Isbel and INF Emmanuel Rivera had been known as up from Omaha.
White Sox: INF Yoan Moncada (indirect pressure) will report Friday to Triple-A Charlotte to begin a minor-league rehab task. … OF Luis Robert (groin pressure) is predicted to return Friday, La Russa mentioned. Robert missed his sixth consecutive recreation. … RHP Lance Lynn (proper knee) has accelerated his throwing program and will return earlier than the tip of May, La Russa mentioned.
Royals LHP Kris Bubic (0-1, 14.14) will face the Yankees in Friday’s collection opener. Bubic allowed 5 runs in two-plus innings Saturday in a 13-7 loss to the Mariners.
White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 1.13) will oppose the Angels on Friday evening. Giolito allowed one run in 4 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Twins.
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