Castillo helps White Sox rally for 4-3 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Davidson figures the pitching staff for the White Sox is good enough to keep them in just about any game. The only question is whether their offense is going to come through.

It hasn't been much of a question through their first two games.

After pounding six homers in a season-opening win over the Royals, the White Sox resorted to small ball Saturday night. Welington Castillo delivered a go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, and Chicago rallied for a 4-3 victory over Kansas City.

''Our pitching staff and our bullpen is really going to be the backbone of this team,'' said Davidson, who followed his three-homer opener with an RBI on Saturday night. ''As long as we're in reach, I feel like our offense can do pretty well.''

Lucas Giolito kept the White Sox in the game against a stingy Ian Kennedy, turning over a 3-1 deficit to his bullpen. Danny Farquhar (1-0) and the rest of the relief corps managed to shut down the Royals while Castillo and the Chicago offense bailed their starter out.

The go-ahead rally began when Yoan Moncada hit a towering home run off Brandon Maurer (0-1) to begin the eighth - ''He hit that ball pretty good,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said with a smile.

Avisail Garcia followed with a single, Jose Abreu grounded into a fielder's choice and Davidson drew a walk before Castillo's two-run liner to right field made it 4-3.

Nate Jones worked around a single in the eighth, and former Royals reliever Joakim Soria got Whit Merrifield to fly out with runners on first and second for his first save with the White Sox.

Kennedy allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two over six innings, an encouraging outing after last season. Kennedy picked up his player option mainly because he was so bad during an injury-plagued year that he assumed he would have few other suitors.

''I thought he pitched great,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He really did a good job of limiting the damage and was good after that first inning.''

Giolito matched Kennedy most of the night, though. He surrendered four hits, walked four, threw a wild pitch and a hit a batter, but he also allowed only three runs over six scattershot innings.

That was good enough against the Royals' dismal bullpen. Their once-dominant stable had eight pitchers allow a combined eight runs in relief of Danny Duffy in the season opener Thursday. Maurer was one of three relievers who came through their outings unscathed.

He couldn't replicate the feat on Saturday.

''It was a tough night,'' Yost said.

STATS AND STREAKS

The White Sox are 2-0 for the fifth time in eight years. ... White Sox SS Tim Anderson had a single in the seventh, extending his hit streak against the Royals to 12 games. ... The Royals also started 0-2 last season. ... Duda's bases-loaded walk in the first was the sixth of his career. Kansas City had one all of last season. ... The Royals' Mike Moustakas had his fifth career triple.

ROYALS RUNS

Duda drove in a pair of runs and Cheslor Cuthbert had the other RBI for the Royals. But the Royals also left eight on base, including the two in the ninth inning.

MINOR MOVES

Royals right-hander Wily Peralta cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha. He was designated for assignment Thursday. ... The Royals signed right-hander Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal. The 39-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2016, going 0-2 with a 12.51 ERA for the Rangers.

UP NEXT

If freezing temperatures and the threat of snow hold off, the White Sox will summon RHP Reynaldo Lopez to the hill for the series finale Sunday. Kansas City will send RHP Jason Hammel to the mound.

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  • W: D. Farquhar (1-0)L: B. Maurer (0-1)S: J. Soria (1)
  • HR: CHW - Y. Moncada (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B42111112.200.273.600.8737.5
A. Garcia RF40200002.400.400.500.9002.0
J. Abreu 1B31000103.250.333.625.9582.0
M. Davidson DH30110111.571.6671.8572.5242.5
T. Saladino PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
N. Delmonico LF40000004.000.286.000.2860.0
L. Garcia LF000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
W. Castillo C40120022.111.111.222.3333.0
T. Anderson SS40100011.375.4441.1251.5692.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40100011.250.333.250.5830.5
A. Engel CF40100021.429.556.5711.1270.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay RF41200100.333.400.333.7336.0
    W. Merrifield 2B31000102.125.300.125.4253.0
    M. Moustakas 3B31100112.375.444.7501.1944.5
    L. Duda 1B30120112.286.375.7141.0893.5
    C. Cuthbert DH20110102.400.500.400.9003.0
    P. Orlando CF40000005.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Gordon LF40100010.250.250.375.6250.5
    A. Escobar SS40000001.000.125.000.1250.0
    D. Butera C30000010.286.286.429.714-0.5
    a- R. Goins PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Castillo
    • HR - Y. Moncada
    • RBI - Y. Moncada (2), M. Davidson (6), W. Castillo 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Castillo 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 3B - M. Moustakas
    • SF - C. Cuthbert
    • RBI - L. Duda 2 (5), C. Cuthbert (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Anderson
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Jay
    FIELDING
    • PB - W. Castillo
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Giolito6.04334104.501.3310.5
    D. Farquhar (W, 1-0)1.00000100.000.0010.5
    N. Jones (H, 1)1.01000200.001.003.0
    J. Soria (S, 1)1.01001100.002.008.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Giolito6.0
    D. Farquhar (W, 1-0)1.0
    N. Jones (H, 1)1.0
    J. Soria (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy6.04112501.501.0016.5
    J. Grimm (H, 1)1.01000206.751.503.0
    B. Maurer (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.033310116.203.00-9.0
    T. Hill1.00000106.750.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy6.0
    J. Grimm (H, 1)1.0
    B. Maurer (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
    T. Hill1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Giolito
    • HBP - L. Giolito
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 89-49, D. Farquhar 12-7, N. Jones 17-12, J. Soria 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 6-10, D. Farquhar 1-1, J. Soria 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, D. Farquhar 3, N. Jones 4, J. Soria 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 105-73, J. Grimm 16-11, B. Maurer 23-13, T. Hill 7-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-9, J. Grimm 1-0, B. Maurer 2-1, T. Hill 1-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 23, J. Grimm 4, B. Maurer 7, T. Hill 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B42111112.200.273.600.8737.5
    A. Garcia RF40200002.400.400.500.9002.0
    J. Abreu 1B31000103.250.333.625.9582.0
    M. Davidson DH30110111.571.6671.8572.5242.5
    T. Saladino PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    N. Delmonico LF40000004.000.286.000.2860.0
    L. Garcia LF000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
    W. Castillo C40120022.111.111.222.3333.0
    T. Anderson SS40100011.375.4441.1251.5692.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40100011.250.333.250.5830.5
    A. Engel CF40100021.429.556.5711.1270.0
    Total3448413817-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay RF41200100.333.400.333.7336.0
      W. Merrifield 2B31000102.125.300.125.4253.0
      M. Moustakas 3B31100112.375.444.7501.1944.5
      L. Duda 1B30120112.286.375.7141.0893.5
      C. Cuthbert DH20110102.400.500.400.9003.0
      P. Orlando CF40000005.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Gordon LF40100010.250.250.375.6250.5
      A. Escobar SS40000001.000.125.000.1250.0
      D. Butera C30000010.286.286.429.714-0.5
      a- R. Goins PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
      Total3136305515-----
      • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Castillo
      • HR - Y. Moncada
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (2), M. Davidson (6), W. Castillo 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Castillo 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - M. Moustakas
      • SF - C. Cuthbert
      • RBI - L. Duda 2 (5), C. Cuthbert (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Jay
      FIELDING
      • PB - W. Castillo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito6.04334104.501.3310.5
      D. Farquhar (W, 1-0)1.00000100.000.0010.5
      N. Jones (H, 1)1.01000200.001.003.0
      J. Soria (S, 1)1.01001100.002.008.5
      Total9.0633550---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito6.0
      D. Farquhar (W, 1-0)1.0
      N. Jones (H, 1)1.0
      J. Soria (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy6.04112501.501.0016.5
      J. Grimm (H, 1)1.01000206.751.503.0
      B. Maurer (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.033310116.203.00-9.0
      T. Hill1.00000106.750.003.5
      Total9.0844381---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy6.0
      J. Grimm (H, 1)1.0
      B. Maurer (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
      T. Hill1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Giolito
      • HBP - L. Giolito
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 89-49, D. Farquhar 12-7, N. Jones 17-12, J. Soria 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 6-10, D. Farquhar 1-1, J. Soria 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, D. Farquhar 3, N. Jones 4, J. Soria 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 105-73, J. Grimm 16-11, B. Maurer 23-13, T. Hill 7-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-9, J. Grimm 1-0, B. Maurer 2-1, T. Hill 1-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 23, J. Grimm 4, B. Maurer 7, T. Hill 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Castillo doubled to deep right, Abreu and Saladino scored43
        Moncada homered to right center23
      • 3RD INNING
        Duda singled to center, Moustakas scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Cuthbert hit sacrifice fly to center, Merrifield scored12
        Duda walked, Jay scored, Merrifield to third, Moustakas to second11
        Davidson singled to right, Moncada scored, Garcia to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Brandon Maurer
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Engel lined out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joakim Soria relieved Nate Jones
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to center
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Gordon out at second
        • Ryan Goins hit for Drew Butera
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Escobar to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Justin Grimm
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada homered to right center
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked, Abreu to second
        • Tyler Saladino ran for Matt Davidson
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Delmonico grounded out to first, Abreu to third, Saladino to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Castillo doubled to deep right, Abreu and Saladino scored
        • T. Anderson: Anderson lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nate Jones relieved Danny Farquhar
        • Leury Garcia in left
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert singled to right
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Orlando fouled out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Justin Grimm relieved Ian Kennedy
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson singled to left
        • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson stole second, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second, Anderson to third
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Danny Farquhar relieved Lucas Giolito
        • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jay fouled out to third
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Davidson grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Delmonico lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to left
        • A. Engel: Engel reached on bunt single to second, Sanchez to second
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Garcia grounded into double play third to second to first, Engel out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Jay reached on an infield single to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Jay stole second, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas fouled out to third
        • L. Duda: Foul, Duda lined out to shortstop
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Delmonico lined out to center
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castillo flied out to deep center
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to right
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Butera fouled out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moncada flied out to center
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jay lined out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to shallow right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas tripled to deep right
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Duda singled to center, Moustakas scored
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duda to second on wild pitch, Ball, Cuthbert walked
        • P. Orlando: Orlando lined out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson popped out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez fouled out to third
        • A. Engel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Butera: Butera fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
        • A. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Garcia singled to right, Moncada to third
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu lined out to second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davidson singled to right, Moncada scored, Garcia to third
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Delmonico fouled out to third
        • W. Castillo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay singled to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch, Jay to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Jay to third, Merrifield to second
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda walked, Jay scored, Merrifield to third, Moustakas to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert hit sacrifice fly to center, Merrifield scored
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Orlando grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Duda out at second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)