O'Hearn, Merrifield back Keller as Royals beat Orioles 9-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brad Keller kept up his recent pitching surge with another strong outing.

Keller gave up a home run to the first batter of the game - Cedric Mullins - but quickly settled in to pitch eight strong innings in the Kansas City Royals' 9-2 win over the Baltimore Royals in a matchup of the teams with the worst records in the majors.

''Every time he takes the mound, you expect him to keep you in the ballgame,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He just did what he does so well. He keeps the ball on the ground and did a nice job doing that.''

Keller (7-5) gave up two runs and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts to improve to 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last four starts.

''I was just trying to get in a groove and throw strikes,'' he said. ''I just made a mistake (to Mullins). You've got a long game after that. You've got to flush it and lock it back in.

Ryan O'Hearn homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, Whit Merrifield scored three runs, and Hunter Dozier and Cam Gallagher also went deep to help the Royals win for the fifth time in six games on their current homestand.

''They're not exactly household names yet, O'Hearn, Dozier and Gallagher,'' Yost said. ''But they're doing okay. You watch Dozier who looks totally comfortable now. O'Hearn has always been a guy with a lot of confidence that he can hit. It's nice to see Cam get off to a good start too.''

With the scored tied 1-1 in the fourth, Andrew Cashner (4-13) gave up a sacrifice fly to Merrifield after loading the bases on two walks and a single. Dozier led off the fifth inning with a 423-foot home run to left field to make it 3-1.

''(Cashner) was having trouble gripping his breaking ball,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. ''He never really got a feel for it. He'd throw a couple and it's just hard to go through that many hitters, especially lefthanders, without a feel for a breaking ball. I think the last home run is the one that's going to stick with him. He could have come out of that with three runs, not being able to do the things he normally does.''

The Orioles pulled within a run in the sixth when Mullins led off with a double just beyond the reach of Dozier at third, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on Trey Mancini's sacrifice fly to the wall in right.

The Royals answered in the bottom of the inning as Gallagher hit his first home run of the season, ending Cashner's night.

''I think he was trying to get it out over the plate but it backed up on him,'' said Gallagher, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha Friday after the Royals traded catcher Drew Butera to the Colorado Rockies. ''He just left it middle-in and I was able to get a good swing on it.''

Cashner, who has given up a career-high 21 homers, allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.

''That was probably some of the worst stuff I've carried into a game,'' Cashner said. ''My sinker was not there tonight. (My) offspeed pitches were not there. (I) didn't really command anything for a strike.''

O'Hearn added a two-run single off Yefry Ramirez later in the sixth to push Kansas City's lead to 6-2. Dozier's RBI single in the eighth drove in Merrifield for his third run scored of the game, and O'Hearn added a two-run homer off Ryan Meisinger to cap the scoring.

TRANSACTIONS

Orioles: OF Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. ... RHP Jhan Marinez was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring strain). He cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Norfolk. ... OF Craig Gentry was designated for assignment.

Royals: Butera was traded to the Colorado Rockies for LHP Jerry Vasto, who was assigned to Triple-A Omaha. ... OF Brian Goodwin was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF Mullins, who missed Wednesday's game with a hip injury, was back in the lineup in the leadoff spot. ''I'm feeling good,'' he said prior to Friday's game. ''I'm excited to get back out. I've been with the trainers; we've had some intense treatment going on, but I feel really good.''

Royals: C Salvador Perez was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons with a mild strain of his left thumb. Perez, who missed Wednesday's game against Detroit, hurt the thumb on Tuesday when he lost his grip on the bat during a swing against the Tigers. Manager Ned Yost said Perez could have caught Friday, but swinging would be difficult. Perez was replaced in the lineup by Gallagher.

UP NEXT

Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-13, 5.37 ERA) will face another Royals rookie pitcher as RHP Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) takes the mound for Kansas City. Fillmyer will make his first career start against the Orioles. Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA all-time against Kansas City, including one start this year May 8 in Baltimore, in which he gave up seven earned runs without recording an out.

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  • W: B. Keller (7-5)L: A. Cashner (4-13)
  • HR: BAL - C. Mullins (3), KC - H. Dozier (8), C. Gallagher (1), R. O'Hearn (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF42211000.317.386.556.9419.0
J. Villar 2B40000011.262.323.383.706-0.5
T. Mancini DH30010020.241.302.413.7150.0
A. Jones RF40100000.285.317.431.7481.0
C. Davis 1B20000200.173.251.314.5652.0
T. Beckham SS40000013.216.274.351.625-0.5
R. Nunez 3B30000001.231.313.353.6650.0
J. Rickard LF30100001.229.289.418.7071.0
C. Joseph C30000002.206.250.318.5680.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B23210200.310.377.443.82011.0
    A. Gordon LF41100116.240.322.354.6764.5
    H. Dozier 3B42221001.228.283.377.6609.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B51341000.257.333.600.93311.0
    J. Bonifacio DH50100012.233.313.346.6590.5
    B. Goodwin CF41000121.244.340.407.7471.0
    A. Mondesi SS40200002.273.294.455.7494.0
    B. Phillips RF40100002.184.248.301.5491.0
    C. Gallagher C31211111.259.310.444.7557.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Mullins (6)
      • HR - C. Mullins (3)
      • SF - T. Mancini (5)
      • RBI - C. Mullins (6), T. Mancini (49)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham 2 (2), J. Rickard
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (36)
      • HR - H. Dozier (8), R. O'Hearn (7), C. Gallagher
      • SF - W. Merrifield (5), H. Dozier
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (48), H. Dozier 2 (23), R. O'Hearn 4 (19), C. Gallagher (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 5 (5), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), A. Mondesi, C. Gallagher
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (29), A. Gordon (9), A. Mondesi (18)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Beckham-Villar-Davis)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      • E - A. Mondesi (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 4-13)5.19443124.861.53-5.5
      Y. Ramirez0.23220006.361.61-5.0
      T. Scott1.01000205.911.553.0
      R. Meisinger1.01332216.351.41-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 4-13)5.1
      Y. Ramirez0.2
      T. Scott1.0
      R. Meisinger1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 7-5)8.04222413.261.3128.0
      K. McCarthy1.00000003.411.263.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 7-5)8.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - Y. Ramirez (5), R. Meisinger (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 98-58, Y. Ramirez 17-11, T. Scott 13-10, R. Meisinger 30-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 4-10
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, Y. Ramirez 5, T. Scott 4, R. Meisinger 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 114-74, K. McCarthy 10-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-12, K. McCarthy 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 30, K. McCarthy 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Mullins CF42211000.317.386.556.9419.0
      J. Villar 2B40000011.262.323.383.706-0.5
      T. Mancini DH30010020.241.302.413.7150.0
      A. Jones RF40100000.285.317.431.7481.0
      C. Davis 1B20000200.173.251.314.5652.0
      T. Beckham SS40000013.216.274.351.625-0.5
      R. Nunez 3B30000001.231.313.353.6650.0
      J. Rickard LF30100001.229.289.418.7071.0
      C. Joseph C30000002.206.250.318.5680.0
      Total302421248-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B23210200.310.377.443.82011.0
        A. Gordon LF41100116.240.322.354.6764.5
        H. Dozier 3B42221001.228.283.377.6609.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B51341000.257.333.600.93311.0
        J. Bonifacio DH50100012.233.313.346.6590.5
        B. Goodwin CF41000121.244.340.407.7471.0
        A. Mondesi SS40200002.273.294.455.7494.0
        B. Phillips RF40100002.184.248.301.5491.0
        C. Gallagher C31211111.259.310.444.7557.5
        Total35914835515-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Mullins (6)
          • HR - C. Mullins (3)
          • SF - T. Mancini (5)
          • RBI - C. Mullins (6), T. Mancini (49)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham 2 (2), J. Rickard
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (36)
          • HR - H. Dozier (8), R. O'Hearn (7), C. Gallagher
          • SF - W. Merrifield (5), H. Dozier
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (48), H. Dozier 2 (23), R. O'Hearn 4 (19), C. Gallagher (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 5 (5), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), A. Mondesi, C. Gallagher
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (29), A. Gordon (9), A. Mondesi (18)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Beckham-Villar-Davis)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          • E - A. Mondesi (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cashner (L, 4-13)5.19443124.861.53-5.5
          Y. Ramirez0.23220006.361.61-5.0
          T. Scott1.01000205.911.553.0
          R. Meisinger1.01332216.351.41-2.0
          Total8.01499553---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cashner (L, 4-13)5.1
          Y. Ramirez0.2
          T. Scott1.0
          R. Meisinger1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (W, 7-5)8.04222413.261.3128.0
          K. McCarthy1.00000003.411.263.0
          Total9.0422241---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (W, 7-5)8.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - Y. Ramirez (5), R. Meisinger (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 98-58, Y. Ramirez 17-11, T. Scott 13-10, R. Meisinger 30-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 4-10
          • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 27, Y. Ramirez 5, T. Scott 4, R. Meisinger 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 114-74, K. McCarthy 10-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-12, K. McCarthy 1-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 30, K. McCarthy 3
          • 8TH INNING
            O'Hearn homered to left center, Gordon scored29
            Dozier hit sacrifice fly to left, Merrifield scored27
          • 6TH INNING
            O'Hearn singled to left, Merrifield and Dozier scored26
            Gallagher homered to left24
            Mancini hit sacrifice fly to right, Mullins scored23
          • 5TH INNING
            Dozier homered to left13
          • 4TH INNING
            Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodwin scored, Phillips to third12
          • 1ST INNING
            Dozier grounded out to second, Merrifield scored, Gordon out at second11
            Mullins homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham lined out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mullins popped out to shortstop
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar lined out to first
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Meisinger relieved Tanner Scott
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Merrifield stole third Gordon stole second,, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier hit sacrifice fly to left, Merrifield scored
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn homered to left center, Gordon scored
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to deep right
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rickard popped out to first
            • C. Joseph: Joseph grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Yefry Ramirez
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Phillips flied out to deep center
            • C. Gallagher: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Mullins doubled to left
            • J. Villar: Ball, Villar flied out to deep center, Mullins to third
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini hit sacrifice fly to right, Mullins scored
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Jones to second
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Phillips flied out to right
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallagher homered to left
            • Yefry Ramirez relieved Andrew Cashner
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon fouled out to third
            • H. Dozier: Dozier singled to left, Merrifield to second
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield to third, Dozier to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn singled to left, Merrifield and Dozier scored
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to third
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez safe at first on shortstop Mondesi throwing error, Nunez to second
            • J. Rickard: Foul, Rickard singled to left, Nunez to third
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to second, Rickard out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier homered to left
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to deep center
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio singled to right
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to deep left
            • C. Davis: Foul, Davis flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin walked
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi popped bunt out to catcher
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips singled to right, Goodwin to second
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked, Goodwin to third, Phillips to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodwin scored, Phillips to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph lined out to left
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mullins grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier lined out to center
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn flied out to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio lined out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis walked
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to right
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third, Davis to second
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Rickard flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Mondesi singled to center
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Phillips reached on fielder's choice to second, Mondesi out at second
            • C. Gallagher: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gallagher singled to right, Phillips to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked, Gallagher to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Mullins homered to right center
            • J. Villar: Ball, Villar popped out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to deep right center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to right, Merrifield to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to second, Merrifield scored, Gordon out at second
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn singled to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)