Moustakas homers twice as Royals beat White Sox 7-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas has three home runs in two games after going nine games without any.

Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 7-2 Saturday night, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in two years to eight games.

''I'm more focused on winning,'' Moustakas said. ''Homers are part of the game. It definitely feels good to hit some homers though especially when they put us in a lead.''

Melky Cabrera had his second four-hit game in a week and gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth.

In a game that began with a 99-degree temperature and 112 heat index, Mike Pelfrey took a two-hitter into the sixth but put leadoff man Lorenzo Cain on with his sixth walk. David Holmberg (1-3) relieved, retired Eric Hosmer on a flyout, then gave up three homers in an eight-pitch span.

Perez's two-run homer tied the score, Moustakas homered two pitches later, Alcides Escobar grounded out and Moss homered for a 4-2 lead, a drive that would have gone 436 feet unimpeded. Whit Merrifield added an RBI single off Juan Minaya.

''I was trying to sit on an offspeed pitch,'' Moustakas said. ''Just looking at the reports, I have a pretty good idea on what he's throwing right there and got enough of it to get out of the yard.''

Bonifacio homered in the seventh, and Moustakas hit his 28th this season leading off the eighth against Brad Goldberg. Kansas City's five homers matched a season high.

''We just weren't able to hold them,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''It didn't work out for Holmy today.''

Chicago, an AL-worst 38-56, had not lost eight in a row since June 12-19, 2015.

Scott Alexander (2-3) relieved Jason Vargas with two on and no outs in the sixth and got three straight outs. Vargas allowed two runs and seven hits.

''I'm trying to get a ground ball,'' Alexander said. ''We were able to get out of it out there.''

Pelfrey is 0-2 in his last six starts.

''I didn't expect to win the game when you walk six guys,'' Pelfrey said. ''That's pretty embarrassing. It's something that's kind of plagued me all year, and I need to be better.''

ROYALS MOVES

RHP Jakob Junis was recalled from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals, who optioned OF Billy Burns to their Pacific Coast League affiliate. Junis gave the Royals a nine-man bullpen after Kansas City relievers worked 10 innings the previous two nights. The bullpen was required for four more innings Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Jeff Petricka (right elbow strain) pitched a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte in his first injury rehabilitation appearance. He threw five of eighth pitches for strikes. . OF Leury Garcia, who went on the DL June 26 with sprained finger on his left hand, is working out at the White Sox complex in Glendale, Arizona. ''It's just going a little slower than we might have wanted it to, but he's getting better,'' Renteria said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland is slated to pitch Sunday after going 1-6 with an 8.44 ERA in his past nine starts, allowing 14 home runs in 42 2/3 innings.

Royals: LHP Travis Wood is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in his first two starts, allowing a .762 slugging percentage.

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CHW38-56
001010000280
KC49-47
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  • W: S. Alexander (2-3)L: D. Holmberg (1-3)
  • HR: CHW - M. Cabrera (13), KC - B. Moss (12), M. Moustakas 2 (28), S. Perez (19), J. Bonifacio (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Saladino SS41000100.195.293.268.5612.0
M. Cabrera LF41421000.296.340.446.78611.0
J. Abreu 1B30100112.293.346.505.8511.5
A. Garcia RF40100004.312.357.502.8591.0
M. Davidson DH40200000.247.285.494.7802.0
Y. Moncada 2B30000103.111.273.333.6061.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40000014.256.315.378.693-0.5
K. Smith C30000003.262.283.338.6210.0
a- A. Hanson PH10000010.216.269.297.566-0.5
A. Engel CF30000000.227.306.330.6350.0
b- O. Narvaez PH10000000.260.345.301.6470.0
  • a-struck out for Smith in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Engel in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B20110200.289.332.467.7994.0
J. Bonifacio RF41111014.252.324.440.7645.5
L. Cain CF31100100.268.341.416.7575.0
E. Hosmer 1B20000201.313.373.489.8622.0
S. Perez C41121023.284.314.523.8376.0
M. Moustakas 3B42222002.277.309.566.87512.0
A. Escobar SS40000000.234.257.321.5770.0
B. Moss DH31111110.208.279.420.7008.5
A. Gordon LF41200021.207.298.310.6076.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (16)
    • HR - M. Cabrera (13)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (56)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (16)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Bonifacio (12), S. Perez (19), M. Moustakas 2 (28), B. Moss (12)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (39), J. Bonifacio (29), S. Perez 2 (61), M. Moustakas 2 (62), B. Moss (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (17), B. Moss (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - L. Cain (16), B. Moss (2), A. Gordon 2 (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pelfrey5.02116404.461.458.0
    D. Holmberg (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.24440033.831.39-13.0
    J. Minaya1.12110115.121.340.5
    B. Goldberg1.011101122.502.501.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Pelfrey5.0
    D. Holmberg (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.2
    J. Minaya1.1
    B. Goldberg1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Vargas5.07221213.081.246.0
    S. Alexander (W, 2-3)1.00000002.081.1510.0
    P. Moylan (H, 12)1.01001004.721.311.0
    J. Soria1.00001003.291.222.0
    A. Alburquerque1.00000103.601.303.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Vargas5.0
    S. Alexander (W, 2-3)1.0
    P. Moylan (H, 12)1.0
    J. Soria1.0
    A. Alburquerque1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 103-55, D. Holmberg 17-11, J. Minaya 20-11, B. Goldberg 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 5-4, D. Holmberg 1-1, J. Minaya 1-1, B. Goldberg 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 21, D. Holmberg 6, J. Minaya 5, B. Goldberg 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 84-50, S. Alexander 16-12, P. Moylan 23-14, J. Soria 18-9, A. Alburquerque 21-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-6, S. Alexander 3-0, P. Moylan 2-1, J. Soria 2-0, A. Alburquerque 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 23, S. Alexander 3, P. Moylan 5, J. Soria 3, A. Alburquerque 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CHW38-56
    001010000280
    KC49-47
    00000511X790
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Saladino SS41000100.195.293.268.5612.0
    M. Cabrera LF41421000.296.340.446.78611.0
    J. Abreu 1B30100112.293.346.505.8511.5
    A. Garcia RF40100004.312.357.502.8591.0
    M. Davidson DH40200000.247.285.494.7802.0
    Y. Moncada 2B30000103.111.273.333.6061.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B40000014.256.315.378.693-0.5
    K. Smith C30000003.262.283.338.6210.0
    a- A. Hanson PH10000010.216.269.297.566-0.5
    A. Engel CF30000000.227.306.330.6350.0
    b- O. Narvaez PH10000000.260.345.301.6470.0
    Total3428213316-----
    • a-struck out for Smith in the 9th
    • b-flied out for Engel in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B20110200.289.332.467.7994.0
    J. Bonifacio RF41111014.252.324.440.7645.5
    L. Cain CF31100100.268.341.416.7575.0
    E. Hosmer 1B20000201.313.373.489.8622.0
    S. Perez C41121023.284.314.523.8376.0
    M. Moustakas 3B42222002.277.309.566.87512.0
    A. Escobar SS40000000.234.257.321.5770.0
    B. Moss DH31111110.208.279.420.7008.5
    A. Gordon LF41200021.207.298.310.6076.0
    Total3079756611-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (16)
      • HR - M. Cabrera (13)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (56)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (16)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bonifacio (12), S. Perez (19), M. Moustakas 2 (28), B. Moss (12)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (39), J. Bonifacio (29), S. Perez 2 (61), M. Moustakas 2 (62), B. Moss (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (17), B. Moss (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Cain (16), B. Moss (2), A. Gordon 2 (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pelfrey5.02116404.461.458.0
      D. Holmberg (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.24440033.831.39-13.0
      J. Minaya1.12110115.121.340.5
      B. Goldberg1.011101122.502.501.5
      Total8.0977665---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pelfrey5.0
      D. Holmberg (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.2
      J. Minaya1.1
      B. Goldberg1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas5.07221213.081.246.0
      S. Alexander (W, 2-3)1.00000002.081.1510.0
      P. Moylan (H, 12)1.01001004.721.311.0
      J. Soria1.00001003.291.222.0
      A. Alburquerque1.00000103.601.303.5
      Total9.0822331---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas5.0
      S. Alexander (W, 2-3)1.0
      P. Moylan (H, 12)1.0
      J. Soria1.0
      A. Alburquerque1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 103-55, D. Holmberg 17-11, J. Minaya 20-11, B. Goldberg 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 5-4, D. Holmberg 1-1, J. Minaya 1-1, B. Goldberg 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 21, D. Holmberg 6, J. Minaya 5, B. Goldberg 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 84-50, S. Alexander 16-12, P. Moylan 23-14, J. Soria 18-9, A. Alburquerque 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-6, S. Alexander 3-0, P. Moylan 2-1, J. Soria 2-0, A. Alburquerque 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 23, S. Alexander 3, P. Moylan 5, J. Soria 3, A. Alburquerque 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Moustakas homered to right27
      • 7TH INNING
        Bonifacio homered to left center26
      • 6TH INNING
        Merrifield singled to left center, Gordon scored, Merrifield out at second25
        Moss homered to right center24
        Moustakas homered to right23
        Perez homered to left center, Cain scored22
      • 5TH INNING
        Cabrera doubled to deep right center, Saladino scored20
      • 3RD INNING
        Cabrera homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Al Alburquerque relieved Joakim Soria
        • Alen Hanson hit for Kevan Smith
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
        • Omar Narvaez hit for Adam Engel
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Narvaez flied out to deep right
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Saladino grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved Peter Moylan
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson grounded out to second
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded into double play second to first, Moncada out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Goldberg relieved Juan Minaya
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas homered to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moss grounded out to second
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Peter Moylan relieved Scott Alexander
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Engel grounded out to second
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Saladino grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to left
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Abreu walked, Cabrera to second
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Minaya Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio homered to left center
        • L. Cain: Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer fouled out to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to left
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson singled to left center, Garcia to second
        • Scott Alexander relieved Jason Vargas
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded out to catcher, Garcia to third, Davidson to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to first, Garcia out at home, Davidson to third, Sanchez to second
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
        • David Holmberg relieved Mike Pelfrey
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Hosmer lined out to center
        • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Perez homered to left center, Cain scored
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas homered to right
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Moss: Ball, Moss homered to right center
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to third
        • Juan Minaya relieved David Holmberg
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to left center, Gordon scored, Merrifield out at second
        • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Engel flied out to left
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Saladino walked
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right center, Saladino scored
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to third
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moss struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Gordon stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Davidson lined out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada lined out to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain singled to center
        • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cain stole second, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded into double play third to second, Cain to third, Hosmer out at second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Engel grounded out to second
        • T. Saladino: Saladino grounded out to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera homered to left
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Abreu out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • B. Moss: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moss walked
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moss stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Davidson reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada flied out to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Foul, Smith reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Davidson out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Hosmer out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Saladino grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to deep left
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Abreu fouled out to right
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to shortstop
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • L. Cain: Cain fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)