Nate Karns dazzles for Royals in 6-1 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ned Yost was so consumed with trying to figure out who would replace Nate Karns out of the Royals' bullpen that he didn't even realize his starter had accomplished a rare feat until after the game.

Thanks to a wild pitch in the sixth, Karns managed to strike out four White Sox in a single inning.

''He was just fantastic,'' Yost said after Kansas City cruised to a 6-1 victory Wednesday night, and after finally learning about the four-K inning. ''That's a pretty neat accomplishment.''

Karns (1-2) allowed only a two-out single in the first over his six dominant innings, striking out seven with one walk. Throw in the wild pitch and an error on himself and Karns only allowed four runners to reach base, none of them getting closer to home than second.

''It helped pitching against them a couple days earlier,'' he said. ''Everything was kind of clicking and they couldn't put a good swing on the ball.''

Mike Pelfrey (0-2) kept the White Sox in it until the sixth, when he gave up a single, double and triple in succession. Eric Hosmer followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead, a shot to center that came within about 5 feet of giving the Royals a natural team cycle.

Pelfrey allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and White Sox slugger Jose Abreu homered off the Kansas City bullpen with two outs in the ninth.

''It was good for the most part. I give up five hits,'' Pelfrey said. ''It's all about location and every one of those were over the middle of the plate. I got what I deserved for all of those.''

There was little indication a pitchers' duel would break out Wednesday night.

Karns had allowed 10 runs and four homers over 10 2/3 innings in his last two games, losing both of them. That included a 5-2 loss to the White Sox just last week.

Yet he managed to handcuff the hot-hitting White Sox on Wednesday night, giving up that early single and little else. Karns dealt with another runner in the fourth after his own bobble, and a third runner in the sixth when he struck out Yolmer Sanchez with a wild pitch.

Karns had struck out the first two batters and fanned Abreu to end it, making him the first Royals pitcher to strike out four in an inning since Kevin Appier on Sept. 3, 1996.

''We needed a start like that,'' Hosmer said. ''He saved a lot of guys in the bullpen.''

Meanwhile, Pelfrey had surrendered seven runs over 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts of the year, and that was only marginally better than his performances all of last season.

But the big right-hander bore down against the weak-hitting Royals, giving up a pair of singles and a walk over the first five innings, easily escaping trouble each time.

The Royals finally got to him in the sixth when Mike Moustakas followed Whit Merrifield's one-out single with his double to the gap in right. Lorenzo Cain followed with an RBI triple to the same spot, and Hosmer's fly ball to the wall in center gave Kansas City a comfortable cushion.

The Royals tacked on three more runs off the Chicago bullpen.

''The initial three was great,'' Yost said, ''but the ability to tack on was even better.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Moustakas ended the Royals' scoreless streak at 15 innings with his double in the sixth. ... The Royals have won 19 of their last 26 against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. ... Abreu is hitting .400 (14 for 35) over his last nine games. ... Hosmer has reached safely in 23 of 26 games.

BROKEN LUMBER

White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia was so frustrated after striking out on a pitch in the dirt in the fifth that he slammed his bat in the dirt. It promptly shattered, earning a jeer from the crowd.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland takes the mound Thursday in the series finale. His last win against the Royals came on April 22, 2011, at Globe Life Park.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy is winless in his last nine starts, dating to a 2-0 win in Chicago last Sept. 1. He has posted a 3.07 ERA during that streak.

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  • W: N. Karns (1-2)L: M. Pelfrey (0-2)
  • HR: CHW - J. Abreu (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Anderson SS40000020.198.227.283.510-1.0
Y. Sanchez 2B40000030.255.286.447.7330.5
M. Cabrera LF30100110.247.306.326.6321.5
J. Abreu 1B41111014.263.320.432.7525.5
T. Frazier 3B40000001.188.305.391.6960.0
A. Garcia RF30000010.370.420.6091.029-0.5
L. Garcia CF30000000.275.292.435.7260.0
O. Narvaez C30000010.256.370.282.652-0.5
C. Asche DH10000010.091.149.091.240-0.5
a- M. Davidson PH-DH20000010.255.300.545.845-0.5
  • a-struck out for Asche in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B31110010.244.319.439.7582.5
M. Moustakas 3B41110001.269.299.538.8374.0
L. Cain CF41210000.264.380.363.7426.0
E. Hosmer 1B21210100.242.296.333.6305.0
S. Perez C40000004.247.268.484.7520.0
A. Gordon LF30110100.191.276.245.5214.0
J. Bonifacio RF41000012.265.342.441.7830.5
B. Moss DH31100000.167.253.348.6022.0
A. Escobar SS30110000.198.232.264.4953.0
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Abreu (3)
    • RBI - J. Abreu (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moustakas (4), A. Gordon (5), A. Escobar (6)
    • 3B - L. Cain
    • SF - W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (4), M. Moustakas (12), L. Cain (6), E. Hosmer (9), A. Gordon (6), A. Escobar (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - Y. Sanchez
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Karns
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pelfrey (L, 0-2)5.15331105.021.131.5
    D. Jennings1.02221002.533.00-2.0
    C. Beck1.22110107.711.200.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Pelfrey (L, 0-2)5.1
    D. Jennings1.0
    C. Beck1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Karns (W, 1-2)6.01001704.970.3329.5
    P. Moylan (H, 4)1.00000004.630.003.0
    M. Strahm2.01110419.820.506.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Karns (W, 1-2)6.0
    P. Moylan (H, 4)1.0
    M. Strahm2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Beck
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 82-53, D. Jennings 22-12, C. Beck 22-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 6-8, D. Jennings 2-1, C. Beck 1-3
    • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 21, D. Jennings 6, C. Beck 7
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Karns (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 95-62, P. Moylan 12-9, M. Strahm 30-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 7-6, P. Moylan 3-0, M. Strahm 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Karns 22, P. Moylan 3, M. Strahm 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. Anderson SS40000020.198.227.283.510-1.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B40000030.255.286.447.7330.5
    M. Cabrera LF30100110.247.306.326.6321.5
    J. Abreu 1B41111014.263.320.432.7525.5
    T. Frazier 3B40000001.188.305.391.6960.0
    A. Garcia RF30000010.370.420.6091.029-0.5
    L. Garcia CF30000000.275.292.435.7260.0
    O. Narvaez C30000010.256.370.282.652-0.5
    C. Asche DH10000010.091.149.091.240-0.5
    a- M. Davidson PH-DH20000010.255.300.545.845-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Asche in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B31110010.244.319.439.7582.5
    M. Moustakas 3B41110001.269.299.538.8374.0
    L. Cain CF41210000.264.380.363.7426.0
    E. Hosmer 1B21210100.242.296.333.6305.0
    S. Perez C40000004.247.268.484.7520.0
    A. Gordon LF30110100.191.276.245.5214.0
    J. Bonifacio RF41000012.265.342.441.7830.5
    B. Moss DH31100000.167.253.348.6022.0
    A. Escobar SS30110000.198.232.264.4953.0
    Total306960227-----
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Abreu (3)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (4), A. Gordon (5), A. Escobar (6)
      • 3B - L. Cain
      • SF - W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (4), M. Moustakas (12), L. Cain (6), E. Hosmer (9), A. Gordon (6), A. Escobar (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Sanchez
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Karns
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pelfrey (L, 0-2)5.15331105.021.131.5
      D. Jennings1.02221002.533.00-2.0
      C. Beck1.22110107.711.200.5
      Total8.0966220---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pelfrey (L, 0-2)5.1
      D. Jennings1.0
      C. Beck1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns (W, 1-2)6.01001704.970.3329.5
      P. Moylan (H, 4)1.00000004.630.003.0
      M. Strahm2.01110419.820.506.0
      Total9.02111111---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns (W, 1-2)6.0
      P. Moylan (H, 4)1.0
      M. Strahm2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Beck
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 82-53, D. Jennings 22-12, C. Beck 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 6-8, D. Jennings 2-1, C. Beck 1-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 21, D. Jennings 6, C. Beck 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Karns (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 95-62, P. Moylan 12-9, M. Strahm 30-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 7-6, P. Moylan 3-0, M. Strahm 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 22, P. Moylan 3, M. Strahm 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Abreu homered to left16
      • 8TH INNING
        Gordon doubled to deep right, Hosmer scored06
      • 7TH INNING
        Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Moss scored, Escobar to third05
        Escobar doubled to left, Bonifacio scored, Moss to third04
      • 6TH INNING
        Hosmer hit sacrifice fly to center, Cain scored03
        Cain tripled to deep right, Moustakas scored02
        Moustakas doubled to deep right center, Merrifield scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Strahm Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu homered to left
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Strahm Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Beck Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain flied out to right
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer singled to center
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Hosmer to second on wild pitch, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right, Hosmer scored
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • P. Moylan Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Jennings Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Bonifacio reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
        • B. Moss: Ball, Moss singled to right center, Bonifacio to third
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar doubled to left, Bonifacio scored, Moss to third
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Moss scored, Escobar to third
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Sanchez stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to center
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas doubled to deep right center, Merrifield scored
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cain tripled to deep right, Moustakas scored
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer hit sacrifice fly to center, Cain scored
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Moss: Strike swinging, Ball, Moss popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera safe at first on Karns fielding error
        • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera out at second
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield lined out to left
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to left
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain singled to right center
        • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked, Cain to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez fouled out to third
        • C. Asche: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Asche struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio lined out to second
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moss grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to right
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia popped out to shortstop
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to left
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Hosmer out at second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon lined out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson lined out to left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)