Brandon Moss grand slam lifts Royals over White Sox 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brandon Moss gave the Kansas City Royals an early lead, and rookie Scott Alexander made it hold up in a tense ninth inning.

Moss hit a grand slam in the first Tuesday for his third consecutive game with a homer, leading the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Alexander worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save in six chances. He yielded a double to Adam Engel and a single to Yolmer Sanchez to lead off the inning. He struck out Yoan Moncada, retired Jose Abreu on a pop to Whit Merrifield and got pinch hitter Matt Davidson on a grounder to end the game.

''I was just trying to get outs any way I can,'' Alexander said. ''In that situation, such a great game, everybody played great, you don't want to be the one to blow it. I was just doing everything I can to keep that run from scoring or at least not give up the lead.''

White Sox rookie Dylan Covey (0-5) walked the bases loaded in the opening inning before Moss drove a full-count fastball to right-center.

It was Moss's fourth career grand slam and his first since July 24, 2014. He has nine RBIs in his past three games.

''I don't think you can ever go up to the plate with the bases loaded and not be excited,'' Moss said. ''That's always a fun situation to hit in. The ultimate goal is always a grand slam. You don't hit with the bases loaded very often. You're trying to get a pitch to drive.''

Covey allowed just one more hit, a double to Eric Hosmer to lead off the sixth, before leaving after 5 2/3 innings. He threw 34 of his 83 pitches in the first inning and walked only one, Moss in the fourth, after the first.

''I was struggling with command early on,'' Covey said. ''You'd like to make the adjustment the next pitch, but it came a little later for me. It was halfway through the Moss at-bat when I started to get a little bit of rhythm. Unfortunately he got hold of one, but it was the walks that did me in.''

Sam Gaviglio (4-5) picked up his first Royals victory in his second start after being picked up on waivers Sept. 1 from Seattle. He yielded two runs on seven hits over five innings.

Sanchez's double in the third scored Rymer Liriano, who had singled and stole second, for the first White Sox run.

Delmonico and Avisail Garcia led off the White Sox fourth with singles. Tim Anderson's one-out single scored Delmonico and advanced Garcia to third. Anderson swiped second, his 10th stolen base in 11 attempts. Gaviglio prevented further damage by striking out Lirano and retiring Engel on a grounder.

The White Sox trimmed the lead to one run in the eighth when Rob Brantly's double off Peter Moylan scored Delmonico.

''We got down early, but our starter bounces back and gives us a great rest of the game,'' Engel said. ''He really settled in. The offense chipped away, and we put ourselves in a good situation there late.''

MARCH MADNESS

The White Sox and Royals will start the 2018 season on March 29 at Kauffman Stadium.

SMALL CROWD

The announced attendance of 17,727 was the smallest for a Royals' home game this season.

ROYALS ADD MORIN

The Royals claimed RHP Mike Morin off waivers from the Angels. He was 0-0 with a 6.91 ERA in 10 relief appearances this season with the Angels. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, where he was 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 22 games. Morin, 26, went to Shawnee Mission South High, a Kansas City suburb, and was drafted in the 40th round in 2009, but chose to go to North Carolina. To make roster room for Morin, the Royals designated for assignment LHP Onelki Garcia, who was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: CF Lorenzo Cain (quads) and 3B Mike Moustakas (right knee) did not play. ''We've had an off day planned for Cain and Moose for four or five days because this is a quick turnaround,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said of a noon game after a night game. ''The training staff is here early. They're here early to do everything they can to get on the field.'' Paulo Orlando started in center and Cheslor Cuthbert at third base.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito. He was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales in the sixth inning in his Friday start for arguing balls and strikes.

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund. He has not pitched since Sept. 2 when he threw 81 pitches in three innings of relief against the Twins, giving up a three-run homer to Brian Dozier.

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  • W: S. Gaviglio (4-5)L: D. Covey (0-5)S: S. Alexander (4)
  • HR: KC - B. Moss (21)
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O. Narvaez C00000000.270.368.330.6990.0
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R. Liriano LF31100013.238.304.429.7333.5
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A. Engel CF40100013.186.258.324.5821.5
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Delmonico in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Liriano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B30000101.287.322.466.7881.0
M. Cabrera RF31000101.290.331.436.7672.0
T. Gore PR00000000.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Bonifacio RF00000000.251.317.425.7420.0
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S. Perez C31000101.259.290.479.7692.0
B. Moss DH21241100.210.291.452.74311.0
P. Orlando CF30000002.167.191.182.3730.0
A. Escobar SS30100001.248.269.343.6112.0
A. Gordon LF30000022.206.285.300.585-1.0
C. Cuthbert 3B30000001.227.275.328.6030.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Sanchez (17), R. Brantly, A. Engel (10)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (52), R. Brantly (2), T. Anderson (51)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Hosmer (28), A. Escobar (31)
    • HR - B. Moss (21)
    • RBI - B. Moss 4 (45)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Anderson (10), R. Liriano
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Gore (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - T. Anderson, Y. Moncada
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey (L, 0-5)5.22444117.901.720.5
    J. Fry0.010000013.503.00-1.0
    D. Farquhar1.11000104.091.412.5
    A. Bummer1.00001005.821.412.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey (L, 0-5)5.2
    J. Fry0.0
    D. Farquhar1.1
    A. Bummer1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gaviglio (W, 4-5)5.07220504.351.3515.5
    M. Minor (H, 16)2.03110102.801.052.5
    P. Moylan (H, 21)1.01000003.671.092.0
    S. Alexander (S, 4)1.02000102.001.248.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gaviglio (W, 4-5)5.0
    M. Minor (H, 16)2.0
    P. Moylan (H, 21)1.0
    S. Alexander (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 83-46, J. Fry 2-2, D. Farquhar 18-12, A. Bummer 11-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 6-9, D. Farquhar 1-2, A. Bummer 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 22, J. Fry, D. Farquhar 5, A. Bummer 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Gaviglio (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 87-62, M. Minor 28-20, P. Moylan 8-5, S. Alexander 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 5-4, P. Moylan 2-1, S. Alexander 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 22, M. Minor 9, P. Moylan 4, S. Alexander 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 3B50210000.271.324.425.7494.0
    Y. Moncada 2B50100013.197.316.364.6800.5
    J. Abreu DH50100014.305.357.561.9180.5
    N. Delmonico 1B32200001.281.410.521.9315.0
    a- M. Davidson PH10000002.219.262.460.7210.0
    A. Garcia RF40100012.322.370.493.8630.5
    R. Brantly C40210012.263.364.316.6793.5
    T. Saladino PR0000-000.189.264.247.000-
    O. Narvaez C00000000.270.368.330.6990.0
    T. Anderson SS40210012.254.273.409.6824.5
    R. Liriano LF31100013.238.304.429.7333.5
    b- A. Hanson LF10000001.221.255.347.6010.0
    A. Engel CF40100013.186.258.324.5821.5
    Total39313300723-----
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Delmonico in the 9th
    • b-lined out for Liriano in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30000101.287.322.466.7881.0
    M. Cabrera RF31000101.290.331.436.7672.0
    T. Gore PR00000000.000.000.000.000-1.0
    J. Bonifacio RF00000000.251.317.425.7420.0
    E. Hosmer 1B31100100.328.394.517.9104.0
    S. Perez C31000101.259.290.479.7692.0
    B. Moss DH21241100.210.291.452.74311.0
    P. Orlando CF30000002.167.191.182.3730.0
    A. Escobar SS30100001.248.269.343.6112.0
    A. Gordon LF30000022.206.285.300.585-1.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B30000001.227.275.328.6030.0
    Total264441529-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Sanchez (17), R. Brantly, A. Engel (10)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (52), R. Brantly (2), T. Anderson (51)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Hosmer (28), A. Escobar (31)
      • HR - B. Moss (21)
      • RBI - B. Moss 4 (45)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (10), R. Liriano
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Gore (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Anderson, Y. Moncada
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 0-5)5.22444117.901.720.5
      J. Fry0.010000013.503.00-1.0
      D. Farquhar1.11000104.091.412.5
      A. Bummer1.00001005.821.412.0
      Total8.0444521---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 0-5)5.2
      J. Fry0.0
      D. Farquhar1.1
      A. Bummer1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio (W, 4-5)5.07220504.351.3515.5
      M. Minor (H, 16)2.03110102.801.052.5
      P. Moylan (H, 21)1.01000003.671.092.0
      S. Alexander (S, 4)1.02000102.001.248.5
      Total9.01333070---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio (W, 4-5)5.0
      M. Minor (H, 16)2.0
      P. Moylan (H, 21)1.0
      S. Alexander (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 83-46, J. Fry 2-2, D. Farquhar 18-12, A. Bummer 11-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 6-9, D. Farquhar 1-2, A. Bummer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 22, J. Fry, D. Farquhar 5, A. Bummer 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Gaviglio (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 87-62, M. Minor 28-20, P. Moylan 8-5, S. Alexander 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 5-4, P. Moylan 2-1, S. Alexander 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 22, M. Minor 9, P. Moylan 4, S. Alexander 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Brantly doubled to deep left, Delmonico scored34
      • 4TH INNING
        Anderson singled to center, Delmonico scored, Garcia to third24
      • 3RD INNING
        Sanchez doubled to right center, Liriano scored14
      • 1ST INNING
        Moss homered to right center, Cabrera, Hosmer and Perez scored04
      • 9TH INNING
        • Scott Alexander relieved Peter Moylan
        • Jorge Bonifacio in right
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Engel doubled to left center
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to right, Engel to third
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Abreu popped out to second
        • Matt Davidson hit for Nicky Delmonico
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson reached on fielder's choice to third, Sanchez out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Delmonico singled to center
        • Peter Moylan relieved Mike Minor
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to pitcher, Delmonico to second
        • R. Brantly: Brantly doubled to deep left, Delmonico scored
        • Tyler Saladino ran for Rob Brantly
        • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • Alen Hanson hit for Rymer Liriano
        • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hanson lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Bummer relieved Danny Farquhar
        • Omar Narvaez catching
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • Terrance Gore ran for Melky Cabrera
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Gore picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Hosmer lined out to left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Engel lined out to first
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez popped out to second
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Farquhar Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep right center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert flied out to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Mike Minor relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • R. Brantly: Ball, Strike swinging, Brantly fouled out to third
        • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to left
        • R. Liriano: Liriano lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer doubled to left
        • S. Perez: Perez lined into double play shortstop to second, Hosmer out at second
        • Jace Fry relieved Dylan Covey
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Moss singled to right
        • Danny Farquhar relieved Jace Fry
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Ball, Orlando grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez fouled out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Abreu singled to center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Delmonico grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert lined out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep left
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Delmonico singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia reached on an infield single to pitcher, Delmonico to second
        • R. Brantly: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantly struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to center, Delmonico scored, Garcia to third
        • R. Liriano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Liriano struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Engel grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moss walked
        • P. Orlando: Orlando popped bunt out to catcher
        • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • R. Liriano: Liriano singled to left
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Liriano stole second, Foul tip, Engel struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez doubled to right center, Liriano scored
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada flied out to deep right, Sanchez to third
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to left
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Delmonico hit by pitch
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Delmonico out at second
        • R. Brantly: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantly singled to right center
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez fouled out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada grounded out to first
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Abreu struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked, Cabrera to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked, Cabrera to third, Hosmer to second
        • B. Moss: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moss homered to right center, Cabrera, Hosmer and Perez scored
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Orlando grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar popped out to first
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)