Cabrera's 2-run homer lifts Royals over White Sox 5-4

CHICAGO (AP) Melky Cabrera showed the Chicago White Sox what they are missing.

Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 5-4 Saturday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

Cabrera, acquired from the White Sox on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3) and drove in Lorenzo Cain, who led off the inning with a walk against Chris Beck. Cabrera has an eight-game hitting streak.

''These kind of wins are wins that help you stop the bleeding,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I was sitting there thinking about this group. What do you tell them? They're not pressing. They're competing their tails off. All you can tell them is, `Hang in there, keep battling, it is going to get better.' And a win like this does a lot for their spirits.''

Cabrera fell behind 1-2 in the count and homered on the ninth pitch, his third home run since the trade and 16th this season. He extended his hitting streak to eight games.

''I am grateful to Ned for playing me every day,'' Cabrera said through a translator.

Scott Alexander (3-3) won after allowing a two-run, two-out single in the seventh to Leury Garcia that put Chicago ahead 4-3.

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect eighth, and Kelvin Herrera worked around a walk in a hitless-but-eventful ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

After pinch-runner Tyler Saladino stole second, third baseman Mike Moustakas made a diving stop on Adam Engel's grounder and threw to first for the final out, ending Chicago's four-game winning streak.

''I was trying to keep in the infield to make sure a run doesn't score but I got a pretty good read on the hop so I was able to make a play on it,'' Moustakas said. ''We know how good we can be and we know we weren't playing good baseball.''

White Sox starter James Shields struck out a season-high eight in six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

Jose Abreu hit a pair of solo home runs against Ian Kennedy, who gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Abreu became the first White Sox player to reach 20 homers in each of his first four seasons.

''Good pitches, bad pitches, he hits them,'' Kennedy said.

STREAKING

Nicky Delmonico singled in the second, becoming the first player to reach base in his first 11 games with the White Sox. He is batting .366 (15 for 41) and has a nine-game hitting streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Salvador Perez (strained right intercostal muscle) threw from 120 feet for about 10 minutes before the game and could hit off a tee next week. The Royals have lost six of seven since he got hurt and are 4-12 when he doesn't start.

White Sox: 3B Matt Davidson (bruised wrist) may not be ready to be activated from the 10-day DL when he becomes eligible Tuesday, according to manager Rick Renteria said.

UP NEXT

Jason Vargas (13-6) starts for the Royals on Sunday against fellow left-hander Derek Holland (6-11) in the finale of the three-game series. Vargas is 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA since the All-Star break. Holland survived seven walks against Houston on Tuesday for his first win since June 13.

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RoyalsKC58-58
1200000205100
White SoxCHW45-69
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  • W: S. Alexander (3-3)L: A. Bummer (1-3)S: K. Herrera (25)
  • HR: KC - M. Cabrera (16), E. Hosmer (19), CHW - J. Abreu 2 (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B50110013.293.330.473.8031.5
L. Cain CF31000122.288.352.436.7871.0
E. Hosmer 1B41211001.312.371.493.8647.0
M. Cabrera RF41121001.297.337.455.7927.0
M. Moustakas 3B41200000.284.318.570.8874.0
B. Moss DH40000032.207.284.426.710-1.5
A. Escobar SS41210010.229.249.314.5646.5
A. Gordon LF40100022.199.289.293.5810.0
D. Butera C30100102.245.303.345.6482.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia LF40120011.288.339.442.7812.5
    Y. Moncada 2B40000041.203.353.348.701-3.0
    J. Abreu 1B42322010.290.343.513.85712.5
    A. Garcia RF30200000.310.357.493.8504.0
    N. Delmonico DH40100011.366.422.463.8860.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40000002.253.305.375.6800.0
    T. Anderson SS31100110.242.263.381.6443.5
    O. Narvaez C31100101.266.354.315.6694.0
    T. Saladino PR00000000.199.279.257.5362.0
    A. Engel CF40000014.204.273.331.604-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (17), A. Escobar (23)
      • 3B - A. Escobar (3)
      • HR - E. Hosmer (19), M. Cabrera (16)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (51), E. Hosmer (62), M. Cabrera 2 (69), A. Escobar (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (21), E. Hosmer (23)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Garcia (20), T. Anderson (17), O. Narvaez (6)
      • HR - J. Abreu 2 (21)
      • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (29), J. Abreu 2 (70)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia 2 (16)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Saladino (4)
      • CS - Y. Moncada (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (8)
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      • PB - D. Butera (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu, Y. Moncada
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy6.17331724.801.2313.5
      S. Alexander (W, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.22110102.631.354.5
      J. Soria (H, 16)1.00000103.261.213.5
      K. Herrera (S, 25)1.00001004.001.249.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy6.1
      S. Alexander (W, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.2
      J. Soria (H, 16)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 25)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields6.07331815.901.5714.0
      C. Beck1.01111004.891.500.0
      A. Bummer (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)1.01110014.151.04-4.0
      J. Petricka1.01000107.361.802.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields6.0
      C. Beck1.0
      A. Bummer (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)1.0
      J. Petricka1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - I. Kennedy (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 97-68, S. Alexander 21-15, J. Soria 10-9, K. Herrera 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-4, S. Alexander 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 2-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, S. Alexander 4, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 105-71, C. Beck 13-6, A. Bummer 20-11, J. Petricka 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 7-2, C. Beck 1-1, A. Bummer 2-1, J. Petricka 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 25, C. Beck 4, A. Bummer 4, J. Petricka 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      RoyalsKC58-58
      1200000205100
      White SoxCHW45-69
      000101200490
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B50110013.293.330.473.8031.5
      L. Cain CF31000122.288.352.436.7871.0
      E. Hosmer 1B41211001.312.371.493.8647.0
      M. Cabrera RF41121001.297.337.455.7927.0
      M. Moustakas 3B41200000.284.318.570.8874.0
      B. Moss DH40000032.207.284.426.710-1.5
      A. Escobar SS41210010.229.249.314.5646.5
      A. Gordon LF40100022.199.289.293.5810.0
      D. Butera C30100102.245.303.345.6482.0
      Total35510522913-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Garcia LF40120011.288.339.442.7812.5
        Y. Moncada 2B40000041.203.353.348.701-3.0
        J. Abreu 1B42322010.290.343.513.85712.5
        A. Garcia RF30200000.310.357.493.8504.0
        N. Delmonico DH40100011.366.422.463.8860.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B40000002.253.305.375.6800.0
        T. Anderson SS31100110.242.263.381.6443.5
        O. Narvaez C31100101.266.354.315.6694.0
        T. Saladino PR00000000.199.279.257.5362.0
        A. Engel CF40000014.204.273.331.604-0.5
        Total3349422910-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (17), A. Escobar (23)
          • 3B - A. Escobar (3)
          • HR - E. Hosmer (19), M. Cabrera (16)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (51), E. Hosmer (62), M. Cabrera 2 (69), A. Escobar (38)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (21), E. Hosmer (23)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Garcia (20), T. Anderson (17), O. Narvaez (6)
          • HR - J. Abreu 2 (21)
          • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (29), J. Abreu 2 (70)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia 2 (16)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Saladino (4)
          • CS - Y. Moncada (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (8)
          • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
          • PB - D. Butera (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu, Y. Moncada
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy6.17331724.801.2313.5
          S. Alexander (W, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.22110102.631.354.5
          J. Soria (H, 16)1.00000103.261.213.5
          K. Herrera (S, 25)1.00001004.001.249.0
          Total9.0944292---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy6.1
          S. Alexander (W, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.2
          J. Soria (H, 16)1.0
          K. Herrera (S, 25)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields6.07331815.901.5714.0
          C. Beck1.01111004.891.500.0
          A. Bummer (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)1.01110014.151.04-4.0
          J. Petricka1.01000107.361.802.5
          Total9.01055292---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields6.0
          C. Beck1.0
          A. Bummer (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)1.0
          J. Petricka1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - I. Kennedy (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 97-68, S. Alexander 21-15, J. Soria 10-9, K. Herrera 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-4, S. Alexander 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 2-1
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, S. Alexander 4, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 105-71, C. Beck 13-6, A. Bummer 20-11, J. Petricka 18-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 7-2, C. Beck 1-1, A. Bummer 2-1, J. Petricka 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 25, C. Beck 4, A. Bummer 4, J. Petricka 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Cabrera homered to left center, Cain scored54
          • 7TH INNING
            Garcia singled to center, Anderson and Narvaez scored34
          • 6TH INNING
            Abreu homered to left32
          • 4TH INNING
            Abreu homered to left31
          • 2ND INNING
            Merrifield singled to center, Escobar scored, Butera to second30
            Escobar tripled to deep right center, Moustakas scored20
          • 1ST INNING
            Hosmer homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jake Petricka relieved Aaron Bummer
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar doubled to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Butera flied out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Joakim Soria
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep left
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • Tyler Saladino ran for Omar Narvaez
            • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Saladino stole second, Engel grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Beck Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
            • Aaron Bummer relieved Chris Beck
            • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer grounded out to second, Cain to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera homered to left center, Cain scored
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas lined out to center
            • B. Moss: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moss grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joakim Soria relieved Scott Alexander
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chris Beck relieved James Shields
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Butera singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded into double play third to second to first, Butera out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
            • Scott Alexander relieved Ian Kennedy
            • O. Narvaez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Narvaez doubled to left center, Anderson to third
            • A. Engel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Engel grounded out to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to center, Anderson and Narvaez scored
            • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • B. Moss: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Moncada struck out on foul tip
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Abreu homered to left
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to shallow right, Garcia out at second
            • N. Delmonico: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Delmonico lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Anderson doubled to deep right
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez flied out to left
            • A. Engel: Engel grounded out to third
            • L. Garcia: Garcia flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to center
            • D. Butera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Butera flied out to deep left, Gordon to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu homered to left
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Delmonico struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Hosmer singled to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hosmer out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas singled to right center
            • B. Moss: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez flied out to left
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas doubled to deep right
            • B. Moss: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar tripled to deep right center, Moustakas scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike (foul tip), Merrifield singled to center, Escobar scored, Butera to second
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Delmonico singled to right
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Sanchez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Delmonico out at second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer homered to left
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Moncada struck out, reached on passed ball
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Abreu singled to left
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia doubled to deep left, Abreu out at home
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)