Soler hits 2 homers, Royals beat White Sox 8-6

CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City manager Ned Yost believed Jorge Soler would be a great hitter when the Royals traded for the slugger before the 2017 season.

Soler is proving Yost right.

Soler hit a pair of two-run homers among his career high-matching four hits, leading the Royals to an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Soler has 43 homers this season, two behind American League leader Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

It was the fifth multi-homer game of Soler's career and third this season. He also has five more homers than the Royals' previous team record of 38, by Mike Moustakas in 2017. Soler came within a few inches of a third homer, but his drive in the third hit high off the wall for a double.

''He's come a long way over the course of the year, and he's only going to get better,'' Yost said.

Soler seemed headed for a breakout season a year ago before suffering a broken foot in June.

''It really started to come last year (before) he broke his foot,'' Yost said. ''Coming into spring training, we hoped as a staff that he could continue what he did last year, and he's done that and more.''

Adalberto Mondesi homered and had three hits, and Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn also connected as the Royals beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.

Rookie Eloy Jimenez homered, his 26th, and drove in four runs, and Jose Abreu added a two-run shot for the White Sox.

Abreu has 32 homers and 114 RBIs, which is three off the major-league lead at the start of Wednesday.

The teams combined for seven homers and have hit a total of 13 in the first two games of the series.

Glenn Sparkman (4-11) allowed three runs on four hits and snapped a nine-start winless streak. He had last won on July 16, against the White Sox at Kansas City.

Scott Barlow worked two scoreless innings and Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez (9-13) was coming off a complete-game one-hitter, but was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four homers and has given up 31 in 166 2/3 innings this season.

The 25-year-old right-hander has struggled with consistency from start to start. Before the one-hitter at Cleveland on Sept. 5, he gave up six runs and got only two outs at Atlanta on Aug. 31.

''Obviously, he had good stuff, but he wasn't locating at all,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

''It is frustrating not to being able to be consistent, especially after the last outing,'' Lopez said through a translator.

Soler's two-run shot in the first gave Kansas City an early lead. Jimenez answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning, giving Chicago a 3-2 edge.

Lopez, though, couldn't keep the ball in the park. Mondesi hit a two-blast in the third to put the Royals back on top. Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn then added solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 6-3.

The White Sox cut the deficit to two in the sixth on a Jimenez RBI groundout.

Soler's second two-run homer - off reliever Michael Fulmer in the eighth - made it 8-4. Abreu then hit a two-run shot off reliever Jesse Hahn in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to two runs again.

NUMBERS GAME

Earlier in the season, Soler talked about hitting 30 homers and then 40. He was asked if he has a new goal in mind.

''I don't have any number in sight,'' he said through a translator. ''I'm just trying to stay focused and just keep swinging.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Renteria, who had shoulder surgery on Friday, is with the team and handled the pregame media session. He wasn't visible in the Chicago dugout for much of the game, but came out to argue in the ninth after James McCann was ejected. Bench coach Joe McEwing handled the pitching changes.

UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (14-8, 3.27 ERA) faces Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (3-7, 6.23) Thursday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series. Giolito is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA against K.C. this season. Lopez had his longest career outing last Friday at Miami with six scoreless innings.

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KC54-92
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CHW64-81
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  • W: G. Sparkman (4-11)L: R. Lopez (9-13)S: I. Kennedy (28)
  • HR: KC - B. Starling (4), J. Soler 2 (43), A. Mondesi (9), R. O'Hearn (13), CHW - J. Abreu (32), E. Jimenez (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B51100021.306.353.472.8261.0
A. Mondesi SS53321011.270.297.439.73614.5
J. Soler DH52442001.255.347.552.89917.0
A. Gordon LF50100011.264.340.402.7420.5
R. McBroom RF40000023.250.308.333.641-1.0
B. Phillips PR-CF10000000.156.278.267.5440.0
R. O'Hearn 1B21211100.194.287.367.6558.0
a- H. Dozier PH-3B20000022.289.362.546.908-1.0
C. Cuthbert 3B-1B40100103.245.289.372.6612.0
B. Starling CF-RF41111005.208.246.308.5546.0
M. Viloria C40100011.233.286.311.5960.5
  • a-struck out for O'Hearn in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia RF50100001.276.307.375.6821.0
T. Anderson SS42200001.333.354.510.8644.0
J. Abreu 1B42221001.284.332.516.84810.0
Y. Moncada 3B31000111.299.357.528.8851.5
E. Jimenez LF41241010.251.299.480.7809.5
W. Castillo C30000100.202.268.385.6521.0
Z. Collins DH30000010.093.264.209.473-0.5
a- J. McCann PH-DH10000012.273.326.457.783-0.5
Y. Sanchez 2B40000010.250.318.320.639-0.5
A. Engel CF30100010.227.303.341.6430.5
b- R. Goins PH10000000.257.344.360.7040.0
  • a-struck out for Collins in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Engel in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (28)
  • HR - A. Mondesi (9), J. Soler 2 (43), R. O'Hearn (13), B. Starling (4)
  • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (57), J. Soler 4 (106), R. O'Hearn (31), B. Starling (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (44), R. O'Hearn (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler, C. Cuthbert (30), B. Starling 2 (18), M. Viloria
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Abreu (35)
  • HR - J. Abreu (32), E. Jimenez (26)
  • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (114), E. Jimenez 4 (66)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Jimenez 3 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia (53), T. Anderson, J. McCann (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (39)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Sparkman (W, 4-11)5.04331415.941.4816.0
S. Barlow (H, 13)2.01110104.601.444.5
J. Hahn0.23221016.751.88-6.0
T. Hill (H, 8)0.10000103.731.180.5
I. Kennedy (S, 28)1.00000003.391.2710.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Sparkman (W, 4-11)5.0
S. Barlow (H, 13)2.0
J. Hahn0.2
T. Hill (H, 8)0.1
I. Kennedy (S, 28)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Lopez (L, 9-13)4.29661645.351.45-6.0
J. Ruiz1.12000105.021.811.5
J. Osich0.11000004.981.16-1.0
C. Fulmer1.12221115.871.83-1.5
H. Santiago0.20000005.401.720.0
K. Herrera0.20000106.701.800.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Lopez (L, 9-13)4.2
J. Ruiz1.1
J. Osich0.1
C. Fulmer1.1
H. Santiago0.2
K. Herrera0.2
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Sparkman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 76-51, S. Barlow 24-14, J. Hahn 27-14, T. Hill 3-3, I. Kennedy 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-7, S. Barlow 2-3, J. Hahn 1-1, I. Kennedy 1-2
  • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 20, S. Barlow 7, J. Hahn 6, T. Hill, I. Kennedy 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 88-60, J. Ruiz 22-13, J. Osich 4-3, C. Fulmer 29-21, H. Santiago 15-9, K. Herrera 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-4, J. Ruiz 1-2, J. Osich 1-0, H. Santiago 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 24, J. Ruiz 6, J. Osich 2, C. Fulmer 7, H. Santiago 2, K. Herrera 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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KC54-92
2021100208140
CHW64-81
300001020680
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B51100021.306.353.472.8261.0
A. Mondesi SS53321011.270.297.439.73614.5
J. Soler DH52442001.255.347.552.89917.0
A. Gordon LF50100011.264.340.402.7420.5
R. McBroom RF40000023.250.308.333.641-1.0
B. Phillips PR-CF10000000.156.278.267.5440.0
R. O'Hearn 1B21211100.194.287.367.6558.0
a- H. Dozier PH-3B20000022.289.362.546.908-1.0
C. Cuthbert 3B-1B40100103.245.289.372.6612.0
B. Starling CF-RF41111005.208.246.308.5546.0
M. Viloria C40100011.233.286.311.5960.5
Total41814852918-----
  • a-struck out for O'Hearn in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia RF50100001.276.307.375.6821.0
T. Anderson SS42200001.333.354.510.8644.0
J. Abreu 1B42221001.284.332.516.84810.0
Y. Moncada 3B31000111.299.357.528.8851.5
E. Jimenez LF41241010.251.299.480.7809.5
W. Castillo C30000100.202.268.385.6521.0
Z. Collins DH30000010.093.264.209.473-0.5
a- J. McCann PH-DH10000012.273.326.457.783-0.5
Y. Sanchez 2B40000010.250.318.320.639-0.5
A. Engel CF30100010.227.303.341.6430.5
b- R. Goins PH10000000.257.344.360.7040.0
Total356862266-----
  • a-struck out for Collins in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Engel in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (28)
  • HR - A. Mondesi (9), J. Soler 2 (43), R. O'Hearn (13), B. Starling (4)
  • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (57), J. Soler 4 (106), R. O'Hearn (31), B. Starling (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (44), R. O'Hearn (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler, C. Cuthbert (30), B. Starling 2 (18), M. Viloria
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Abreu (35)
  • HR - J. Abreu (32), E. Jimenez (26)
  • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (114), E. Jimenez 4 (66)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Jimenez 3 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia (53), T. Anderson, J. McCann (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (39)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Sparkman (W, 4-11)5.04331415.941.4816.0
S. Barlow (H, 13)2.01110104.601.444.5
J. Hahn0.23221016.751.88-6.0
T. Hill (H, 8)0.10000103.731.180.5
I. Kennedy (S, 28)1.00000003.391.2710.0
Total9.0866262---
PITCHERSIP
G. Sparkman (W, 4-11)5.0
S. Barlow (H, 13)2.0
J. Hahn0.2
T. Hill (H, 8)0.1
I. Kennedy (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Lopez (L, 9-13)4.29661645.351.45-6.0
J. Ruiz1.12000105.021.811.5
J. Osich0.11000004.981.16-1.0
C. Fulmer1.12221115.871.83-1.5
H. Santiago0.20000005.401.720.0
K. Herrera0.20000106.701.800.5
Total9.01488295---
PITCHERSIP
R. Lopez (L, 9-13)4.2
J. Ruiz1.1
J. Osich0.1
C. Fulmer1.1
H. Santiago0.2
K. Herrera0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Sparkman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 76-51, S. Barlow 24-14, J. Hahn 27-14, T. Hill 3-3, I. Kennedy 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-7, S. Barlow 2-3, J. Hahn 1-1, I. Kennedy 1-2
  • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 20, S. Barlow 7, J. Hahn 6, T. Hill, I. Kennedy 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 88-60, J. Ruiz 22-13, J. Osich 4-3, C. Fulmer 29-21, H. Santiago 15-9, K. Herrera 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-4, J. Ruiz 1-2, J. Osich 1-0, H. Santiago 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 24, J. Ruiz 6, J. Osich 2, C. Fulmer 7, H. Santiago 2, K. Herrera 2
  • 8TH INNING
    Abreu homered to left, Anderson scored86
    Soler homered to left center, Mondesi scored84
  • 6TH INNING
    Jimenez grounded out to shortstop, Abreu scored64
  • 5TH INNING
    O'Hearn homered to center63
  • 4TH INNING
    Starling homered to left center53
  • 3RD INNING
    Mondesi homered to center, Merrifield scored43
  • 1ST INNING
    Jimenez homered to right center, Anderson and Moncada scored23
    Soler homered to left center, Mondesi scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phillips flied out to deep left
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Hector Santiago
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ian Kennedy relieved Tim Hill
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to second
    • Ryan Goins hit for Adam Engel
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Goins grounded out to second
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia lined out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Fulmer Pitching:
    • M. Viloria: Foul, Strike looking, Viloria lined out to center
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield fouled out to first
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to right
    • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Soler homered to left center, Mondesi scored
    • Hector Santiago relieved Carson Fulmer
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Hahn relieved Scott Barlow
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu homered to left, Anderson scored
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada flied out to left
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Jimenez singled to left
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castillo walked, Jimenez to second
    • Tim Hill relieved Jesse Hahn
    • James McCann hit for Zack Collins
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Ruiz Pitching:
    • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler reached on an infield single to third
    • Josh Osich relieved Jose Ruiz
    • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to left, Soler to second
    • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Ball, McBroom reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler out at third, Gordon to second
    • Carson Fulmer relieved Josh Osich
    • Hunter Dozier hit for Ryan O'Hearn
    • Brett Phillips ran for Ryan McBroom
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Gordon to third, Phillips to second
    • B. Starling: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Starling popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Barlow Pitching:
    • Z. Collins: Strike swinging, Collins flied out to left
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to right
    • A. Engel: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Ruiz Pitching:
    • M. Viloria: Ball, Strike looking, Viloria grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Barlow relieved Glenn Sparkman
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu doubled to left center
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada grounded out to third, Abreu to third
    • E. Jimenez: Jimenez grounded out to shortstop, Abreu scored
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Castillo flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
    • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, McBroom struck out on foul tip
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn homered to center
    • Jose Ruiz relieved Reynaldo Lopez
    • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to center
    • B. Starling: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Starling flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Sparkman Pitching:
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • A. Engel: Foul, Ball, Engel flied out to deep left
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to shallow center
    • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • B. Starling: Strike looking, Foul, Starling homered to left center
    • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Viloria singled to right
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi flied out to left
    • J. Soler: Soler flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Sparkman Pitching:
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
    • W. Castillo: Castillo grounded out to pitcher
    • Z. Collins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Collins grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Mondesi homered to center, Merrifield scored
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler doubled to deep right
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second, Soler to third
    • R. McBroom: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McBroom struck out swinging
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Sparkman Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson lined out to right
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu flied out to deep left
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Cuthbert popped out to second
    • B. Starling: Foul, Starling reached on fielder's choice to third, O'Hearn out at second
    • M. Viloria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Sparkman Pitching:
    • Z. Collins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to third
    • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Foul, Engel reached on an infield single to third
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Engel to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to left
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Foul, Soler homered to left center, Mondesi scored
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • R. McBroom: Strike looking, Ball, McBroom popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Sparkman Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia lined out to left
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson singled to shallow right
    • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu flied out to center
    • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked, Anderson to second
    • E. Jimenez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jimenez homered to right center, Anderson and Moncada scored
    • W. Castillo: Castillo flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)