Karns strikes out a dozen, Royals top Orioles 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Nate Karns won a spring training competition to earn the fifth slot in the Kansas City rotation. In his last three starts, he has been dominant.

Karns struck out a career-high 12 in five innings, Eric Hosmer reached base four times and the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday night.

Karns is the first in franchise history to strike out 12 in five innings. The last pitcher to accomplish that was Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs on June 5, 2016.

''That's pretty cool, but as a starter I'd like to go deeper in games,'' Karns said. ''The strikeouts are great, but I really want to go deep as I can and help the ballclub win, but having 12 in five is something special, but it's really too short of a game.''

In his past three starts, Karns has allowed four runs and 11 hits in 17 1/3 innings while striking out 29.

Baltimore's Chris Davis homered off Seth Maness (1-0) to tie it 3-3 in the sixth, but Brandon Moss went deep off Alec Asher (1-2) to put Kansas City back ahead later that inning. Moss has homered in consecutive games.

''The story the last two nights, for me, is we just haven't scored any runs,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''I'll just give their pitcher credit, but we're capable of better, too.''

Hosmer had two hits and walked twice. The Royals scored three runs in 4 1/3 innings off Chris Tillman.

''As the game wore on, I felt like I tried to do too much,'' Tillman said. ''I kind of got out of my delivery and started falling behind guys and staying behind them, as opposed to making my pitch early on and getting in a count that favors pitchers.''

Karns has 48 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season, but has also allowed eight home runs, including a pair to Francisco Pena on Saturday. Pena homered in the third and fifth innings, the second and third homers of his career.

Sacrifice flies by Lorenzo Cain and Jorge Bonifacio in the fifth gave the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Maness was making his Royals' debut and his first big league appearance since Aug. 13 because of elbow surgery.

Mike Minor pitched two perfect innings for Kansas City and has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings in his past eight appearances. Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Hosmer doubled to start the second and scored on Salvador Perez's single. Hosmer is hitting .422 in his past 17 games to raise his average to .299.

THE DARK SIDE

Showalter thought the baseballs were too dark Friday. Before each game, balls are rubbed with a New Jersey mud from a Delaware River tributary to take the shine off.

''That's something they're working on,'' Showalter said. ''Each night the balls are a different color. Can you imagine if you had other sports that did that? You've got to see the ball, right? It depends on how much the guys who are rubbing the balls up want to make them that night. Doesn't that seem a little strange to you? I find it a little strange that we play with a different ball in the minor leagues than we do in the big leagues.''

NINE FOR NINE

2B Whit Merrifield became the ninth Royal to bat ninth this season. Raul Mondesi started 12 games batting ninth before being optioned April 21 to Triple-A Omaha. Backup C Drew Butera has batted last seven times. None of the others have more than four starts hitting ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: C Welington Castillo (right shoulder tendinitis) began his minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie, serving as designated hitter for a doubleheader. He went 1 for 4, was hit by a pitch and walked. He is scheduled to catch Sunday and join the Orioles on Tuesday in Detroit.

Royals: LF Alex Gordon, who left in the seventh inning Friday with right groin tightness, was not in the lineup. Manager Ned Yost said if Gordon is not close to 100 percent Sunday, he would sit him again, and with the day off Monday, that would give him three days to recuperate.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman starts the series finale. He is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, holding the Nationals to five hits and two runs over seven innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Royals: RHP Chris Young will make his second start of the year. He is 1-8 in his past 14 starts.

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BAL22-13
001011000360
KC15-21
01002100X4120
  • W: S. Maness (1-0)L: A. Asher (1-2)S: K. Herrera (7)
  • HR: BAL - F. Pena 2 (2), C. Davis (5), KC - B. Moss (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Smith RF30100100.309.400.529.9292.0
A. Jones CF40100031.262.314.393.707-0.5
M. Machado 3B40100013.228.316.463.7790.5
C. Davis 1B41111021.239.345.410.7565.0
M. Trumbo DH40000020.234.285.348.632-1.0
J. Schoop 2B40000020.293.341.509.850-1.0
T. Mancini LF30000130.282.313.603.916-0.5
J. Hardy SS40000021.203.240.276.517-1.0
F. Pena C32222000.571.5711.4292.00012.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Escobar SS51200001.191.221.252.4723.0
    M. Moustakas 3B51200012.252.285.481.7662.5
    L. Cain CF30110011.293.397.398.7962.5
    E. Hosmer 1B21200200.299.358.416.7746.0
    S. Perez C30110013.283.326.504.8302.5
    J. Bonifacio LF30010012.241.308.362.6700.5
    J. Soler RF40200003.120.241.200.4413.0
    B. Moss DH41111013.159.235.375.6105.5
    W. Merrifield 2B40100003.213.277.373.6502.0
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Davis (5), F. Pena 2 (2)
      • RBI - C. Davis (9), F. Pena 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Pena
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Cain (8), E. Hosmer (5), J. Soler (2), W. Merrifield
      • HR - B. Moss (6)
      • SF - L. Cain, J. Bonifacio
      • RBI - L. Cain (9), S. Perez (21), J. Bonifacio (6), B. Moss (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman4.18332402.892.311.0
      A. Asher (L, 1-2)2.23110112.951.13-2.5
      D. Hart1.01000002.251.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman4.1
      A. Asher (L, 1-2)2.2
      D. Hart1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns5.052211224.461.2013.0
      S. Maness (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01111019.002.007.0
      M. Minor (H, 2)2.00000202.250.007.0
      K. Herrera (S, 7)1.00000103.000.0010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns5.0
      S. Maness (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      M. Minor (H, 2)2.0
      K. Herrera (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Tillman
      • HBP - A. Asher (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 105-61, A. Asher 41-27, D. Hart 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 2-6, A. Asher 2-5
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 22, A. Asher 12, D. Hart 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 91-62, S. Maness 19-11, M. Minor 25-17, K. Herrera 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 1-2, S. Maness 2-1, M. Minor 3-1, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 21, S. Maness 5, M. Minor 6, K. Herrera 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BAL22-13
      001011000360
      KC15-21
      01002100X4120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Smith RF30100100.309.400.529.9292.0
      A. Jones CF40100031.262.314.393.707-0.5
      M. Machado 3B40100013.228.316.463.7790.5
      C. Davis 1B41111021.239.345.410.7565.0
      M. Trumbo DH40000020.234.285.348.632-1.0
      J. Schoop 2B40000020.293.341.509.850-1.0
      T. Mancini LF30000130.282.313.603.916-0.5
      J. Hardy SS40000021.203.240.276.517-1.0
      F. Pena C32222000.571.5711.4292.00012.0
      Total3336332156-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Escobar SS51200001.191.221.252.4723.0
        M. Moustakas 3B51200012.252.285.481.7662.5
        L. Cain CF30110011.293.397.398.7962.5
        E. Hosmer 1B21200200.299.358.416.7746.0
        S. Perez C30110013.283.326.504.8302.5
        J. Bonifacio LF30010012.241.308.362.6700.5
        J. Soler RF40200003.120.241.200.4413.0
        B. Moss DH41111013.159.235.375.6105.5
        W. Merrifield 2B40100003.213.277.373.6502.0
        Total33412412518-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Davis (5), F. Pena 2 (2)
          • RBI - C. Davis (9), F. Pena 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Pena
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Cain (8), E. Hosmer (5), J. Soler (2), W. Merrifield
          • HR - B. Moss (6)
          • SF - L. Cain, J. Bonifacio
          • RBI - L. Cain (9), S. Perez (21), J. Bonifacio (6), B. Moss (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Tillman4.18332402.892.311.0
          A. Asher (L, 1-2)2.23110112.951.13-2.5
          D. Hart1.01000002.251.002.0
          Total8.01244251---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Tillman4.1
          A. Asher (L, 1-2)2.2
          D. Hart1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Karns5.052211224.461.2013.0
          S. Maness (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01111019.002.007.0
          M. Minor (H, 2)2.00000202.250.007.0
          K. Herrera (S, 7)1.00000103.000.0010.5
          Total9.06332153---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Karns5.0
          S. Maness (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
          M. Minor (H, 2)2.0
          K. Herrera (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Tillman
          • HBP - A. Asher (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 105-61, A. Asher 41-27, D. Hart 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 2-6, A. Asher 2-5
          • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 22, A. Asher 12, D. Hart 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 91-62, S. Maness 19-11, M. Minor 25-17, K. Herrera 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 1-2, S. Maness 2-1, M. Minor 3-1, K. Herrera 1-1
          • Batters Faced - N. Karns 21, S. Maness 5, M. Minor 6, K. Herrera 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Moss homered to right34
            Davis homered to left center33
          • 5TH INNING
            Bonifacio hit sacrifice fly to left, Moustakas scored23
            Cain hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored22
            Pena homered to left center21
          • 3RD INNING
            Pena homered to left11
          • 2ND INNING
            Perez singled to left, Hosmer scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • K. Herrera Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • J. Hardy: Strike looking, Hardy lined out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hart Pitching:
            • B. Moss: Strike looking, Moss flied out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to right, Merrifield to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • F. Pena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pena grounded out to third
            • S. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
            • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Asher Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer singled to right center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler reached on fielder's choice to third, Hosmer out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Maness Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis homered to left center
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Foul, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
            • J. Hardy: Ball, Strike looking, Hardy flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Asher Pitching:
            • B. Moss: Moss homered to right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar lined out to left
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Cain flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
            • J. Hardy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hardy struck out swinging
            • F. Pena: Pena homered to left center
            • S. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones singled to right center, Smith to second
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moustakas singled to right, Escobar to second
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar to third, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Cain hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Moustakas to third, Hosmer to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Bonifacio hit sacrifice fly to left, Moustakas scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to third, Perez out at second
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Davis lined out to shortstop
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler doubled to center
            • B. Moss: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • J. Hardy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hardy struck out swinging
            • F. Pena: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pena homered to left
            • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Cain doubled to left center
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hosmer doubled to deep left
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez singled to left, Hosmer scored
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to left, Perez to second
            • B. Moss: Moss grounded out to first, Perez to third, Soler to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • S. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Machado singled to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Tillman Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar singled to left center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Escobar out at second
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)