Abreu, Delmonico 3-run HRs power White Sox over Royals 9-3

CHICAGO (AP) Since returning from the disabled list last month, Nicky Delmonico had been searching for rhythm and consistency at the plate.

He found both Friday night.

Jose Abreu and Delmonico hit three-run homers in a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 9-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Delmonico went 2 for 4 and had a career-high five RBIs. Before Friday, he was 8 for 44 (.182) with 17 strikeouts in his last 14 games.

''I felt good today,'' said Delmonico, who spent two months on the DL with a broken hand. ''I feel like I'm starting to get my rhythm back and not trying to do too much.''

Tim Anderson went 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases for Chicago.

Abreu's homer was his 22nd. The White Sox have homered in a season-high nine straight games, totaling 13 during that stretch.

James Shields (5-14) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings to snap a five-start winless streak. He last win was on July 13, also against Kansas City.

Whit Merrifield went 2 for 2 with two walks and an RBI for the Royals.

Yoan Moncada, who was inserted back into the leadoff spot on Friday, started the rally in the seventh with a walk. Yolmer Sanchez then followed with a slow grounder to shortstop that Alcides Escobar booted for an error - snapping the Royals' 16-game errorless streak.

Right-hander Jason Adam came on to replace Tim Hill (1-4) and Abreu hit the first pitch into the left-center bleachers to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead.

''You can't throw belt-high fastballs down the middle to Abreu,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He can hammer it. Jason's been throwing the ball good for us. Tonight he was just center-cutting a lot of fastballs.''

Chicago wasn't through. After Matt Davidson struck out for the first out, Leury Garcia singled and stole second. After Omar Narvaez walked, Anderson singled to drive in Garcia and make it 6-3. Delmonico then followed with his three-run blast into the right-field bleachers.

''I was just looking for a pitch to jump on early and he grooved me a fastball,'' Delmonico said.

Kansas City took a 3-0 lead in the third on run-scoring singles by Merrifield and Salvador Perez, and a sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon.

Chicago pulled within 3-2 with a run in the fourth and sixth.

YANKED

White Sox RF Avisail Garcia was pulled after the second for not running out a short pop fly to right field on the last out of the first. Garcia played the field in the second and then was replaced.

''I didn't think he gave me an effort on the Texas leaguer,'' manager Rick Renteria said.

Garcia, who's dealing with a nagging knee injury, said he felt a click in his knee and that's why he didn't run hard.

CASTILLO RETURNS

White Sox C Welington Castillo began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, going 1 for 4 as the DH in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Louisville. Castillo, 31, was suspended for 80 games on May 24 for violating MLB's drug policy. He is eligible to return to the majors on Thursday when Chicago begins a four-game series at Detroit.

Renteria said Castillo will resume his role as the No. 1 catcher if he's physically up to the task.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha as the DH on Friday. After a day off on Saturday, the plan is for Goodwin to play five innings in the outfield on Sunday.

White Sox: Leury Garcia (strained left hamstring) was activated from the 10-day DL before the game. He entered in the third inning, replacing Avisail Garcia. OF Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Wednesday's game at Detroit, opening the roster spot.

UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Dylan Covey (4-9, 6.06 ERA) looks to snap out of an extended rough stretch on Saturday night in the second game of the series. Covey is 1-8 with an 8.94 ERA in his last 10 starts. RHP Brad Keller (5-5, 3.40) pitches for the Royals after allowing just one run in seven innings against Toronto in last start on Monday.

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  • W: J. Shields (5-14)L: T. Hill (1-4)
  • HR: CHW - N. Delmonico (4), J. Abreu (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF21210200.303.373.422.7956.0
A. Gordon LF30010014.236.317.333.6500.5
S. Perez DH40110014.237.277.439.7161.5
L. Duda 1B40000032.235.304.394.698-1.5
R. Herrera 2B40000000.249.291.335.6270.0
J. Bonifacio RF40000010.206.293.344.636-0.5
H. Dozier 3B40000010.212.272.329.601-0.5
A. Escobar SS21200100.208.260.289.5495.0
D. Butera C31100002.184.259.277.5362.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B41100100.219.302.393.6953.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B31100101.248.304.387.6914.0
    J. Abreu 1B51131004.267.326.487.8138.0
    M. Davidson DH50100033.227.329.451.779-0.5
    A. Garcia RF10000002.238.268.459.7270.0
    L. Garcia RF31100012.280.311.393.7043.5
    O. Narvaez C31000110.278.367.424.7911.5
    T. Anderson SS33310100.247.293.413.70615.0
    N. Delmonico LF41251001.227.319.373.69211.0
    A. Engel CF40000022.219.265.322.587-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (32), A. Escobar (16)
      • SF - A. Gordon
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (40), A. Gordon (30), S. Perez (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez 2 (2), L. Duda 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Anderson (20)
      • 3B - T. Anderson (3)
      • HR - J. Abreu (22), N. Delmonico (4)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 3 (76), T. Anderson (49), N. Delmonico 5 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Davidson, A. Garcia 2 (2), L. Garcia 2 (2), A. Engel 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Merrifield (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Garcia (12), T. Anderson 2 (24)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Escobar (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sanchez-Moncada-Abreu)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis5.15223504.761.327.5
      T. Hill (L, 1-4) (H, 10)0.21210005.051.35-7.0
      J. Adam (BS, 2)0.14551126.121.39-9.5
      B. Smith1.20000106.541.563.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis5.1
      T. Hill (L, 1-4) (H, 10)0.2
      J. Adam (BS, 2)0.1
      B. Smith1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields (W, 5-14)7.06332504.391.2822.5
      J. Fry1.00001204.230.993.0
      T. Vieira1.00000006.431.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields (W, 5-14)7.0
      J. Fry1.0
      T. Vieira1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (13)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 100-60, T. Hill 10-9, J. Adam 20-11, B. Smith 25-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-8, T. Hill 3-0, B. Smith 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, T. Hill 4, J. Adam 6, B. Smith 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 101-66, J. Fry 24-13, T. Vieira 5-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 7-7, T. Vieira 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 27, J. Fry 4, T. Vieira 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield CF21210200.303.373.422.7956.0
      A. Gordon LF30010014.236.317.333.6500.5
      S. Perez DH40110014.237.277.439.7161.5
      L. Duda 1B40000032.235.304.394.698-1.5
      R. Herrera 2B40000000.249.291.335.6270.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40000010.206.293.344.636-0.5
      H. Dozier 3B40000010.212.272.329.601-0.5
      A. Escobar SS21200100.208.260.289.5495.0
      D. Butera C31100002.184.259.277.5362.0
      Total3036303712-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Moncada 2B41100100.219.302.393.6953.0
        Y. Sanchez 3B31100101.248.304.387.6914.0
        J. Abreu 1B51131004.267.326.487.8138.0
        M. Davidson DH50100033.227.329.451.779-0.5
        A. Garcia RF10000002.238.268.459.7270.0
        L. Garcia RF31100012.280.311.393.7043.5
        O. Narvaez C31000110.278.367.424.7911.5
        T. Anderson SS33310100.247.293.413.70615.0
        N. Delmonico LF41251001.227.319.373.69211.0
        A. Engel CF40000022.219.265.322.587-1.0
        Total35910924715-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (32), A. Escobar (16)
          • SF - A. Gordon
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (40), A. Gordon (30), S. Perez (60)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (20)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez 2 (2), L. Duda 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Anderson (20)
          • 3B - T. Anderson (3)
          • HR - J. Abreu (22), N. Delmonico (4)
          • RBI - J. Abreu 3 (76), T. Anderson (49), N. Delmonico 5 (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Davidson, A. Garcia 2 (2), L. Garcia 2 (2), A. Engel 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - W. Merrifield (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Garcia (12), T. Anderson 2 (24)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Escobar (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sanchez-Moncada-Abreu)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis5.15223504.761.327.5
          T. Hill (L, 1-4) (H, 10)0.21210005.051.35-7.0
          J. Adam (BS, 2)0.14551126.121.39-9.5
          B. Smith1.20000106.541.563.5
          Total8.01098472---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis5.1
          T. Hill (L, 1-4) (H, 10)0.2
          J. Adam (BS, 2)0.1
          B. Smith1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields (W, 5-14)7.06332504.391.2822.5
          J. Fry1.00001204.230.993.0
          T. Vieira1.00000006.431.003.0
          Total9.0633370---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields (W, 5-14)7.0
          J. Fry1.0
          T. Vieira1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (13)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 100-60, T. Hill 10-9, J. Adam 20-11, B. Smith 25-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-8, T. Hill 3-0, B. Smith 2-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, T. Hill 4, J. Adam 6, B. Smith 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 101-66, J. Fry 24-13, T. Vieira 5-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 7-7, T. Vieira 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 27, J. Fry 4, T. Vieira 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Delmonico homered to right center, Narvaez and Anderson scored39
            Anderson singled to left, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second36
            Abreu homered to left center, Moncada and Sanchez scored35
          • 6TH INNING
            Delmonico grounded out to third, Anderson scored32
          • 4TH INNING
            Delmonico singled to right, Anderson scored31
          • 3RD INNING
            Perez singled to right, Merrifield scored30
            Gordon hit sacrifice fly to left, Butera scored20
            Merrifield doubled to left center, Escobar scored, Butera to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Thyago Vieira relieved Jace Fry
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio flied out to right
            • H. Dozier: Dozier lined out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jace Fry relieved James Shields
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to right
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Davidson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Butera grounded into double play third to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Hill Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada singled to left
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Moncada to second on shortstop Escobar fielding error
            • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
            • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to left center, Moncada and Sanchez scored
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia singled to right
            • O. Narvaez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Garcia stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson singled to left, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second
            • N. Delmonico: Delmonico homered to right center, Narvaez and Anderson scored
            • Burch Smith relieved Jason Adam
            • A. Engel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (7 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda flied out to left
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Anderson doubled to left center
            • Tim Hill relieved Jake Junis
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson stole third, Foul, Foul, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to third, Anderson scored
            • A. Engel: Foul, Engel grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar doubled to deep left
            • D. Butera: Butera fouled out to catcher
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to first, Escobar to third, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt to third, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sanchez singled to right, Moncada to third
            • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu popped out to second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to first
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Garcia lined out to third
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson stole second, Foul, Delmonico singled to right, Anderson scored
            • A. Engel: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Leury Garcia in right field
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Butera singled to shallow right, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Merrifield doubled to left center, Escobar scored, Butera to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon hit sacrifice fly to left, Butera scored
            • S. Perez: Perez singled to right, Merrifield scored
            • L. Duda: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (6 Runs, 8 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada flied out to deep center
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Sanchez hit by pitch
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu popped out to second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio lined out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson tripled to left center
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Engel: Ball, Engel popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to left
            • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada lined out to first
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Abreu flied out to shallow center
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Davidson singled to left center, Sanchez to third
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)