Davidson homers twice, White Sox beat Royals 6-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Davidson is disproving the notion power hitters don't like Kauffman Stadium.

Davidson hit two of Chicago's five home runs, leading the White Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Davidson, who drove in three runs, has seven home runs this season - five against the Royals in Kansas City. He hit three out in the season opener March 29. In this game, he homered in the fourth and then hit a two-run shot in the sixth that went 450 feet to left-center.

''It's something about the Kansas City barbecue has gotten him going,'' said White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito (1-3). ''I come in after an inning, and guys are hitting home runs left and right and it makes me feel good. I'm ready to get back out there and put another zero on the board.''

Davidson is 6 for 10 with five home runs in three games this season at the Royals' ballpark.

''I do love barbecue in general,'' Davidson said. ''It's one of those things. It's not like when I come here, `like man, I can't wait to get here.' It's kind of a big park and the green backdrop. You see the ball well here.

''It's pretty cool hitting here. It's not necessarily a hitter's park, but it's gone pretty well so far. We've won every day we've been here. So let's keep it going.''

Yoan Moncada homered to open the first inning for Chicago for the second straight game, and Yolmer Sanchez and Trayce Thompson also went deep against Jakob Junis (3-2), who became the third pitcher in franchise history to allow five homers in a game. The others were Chris Young, May 9, 2016 at the New York Yankees, and Sean O'Sullivan, May, 28, 2011 at Texas.

Junis gave up six runs and six hits with two walks over 5 2/3 innings.

''A few of them were up and out over the plate and they took advantage of them,'' Junis said. ''Pretty rare to give up five homers on six hits in a game. That's never really happened to me. When you give up six, you're not really getting it done.''

The Royals went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners.

''We're getting guys on,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We're getting opportunities. We're just struggling to get that big base hit.''

Giolito allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. His only hiccup was a Jorge Soler home run with Mike Moustakas aboard in the fourth.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and managed to score a run on Alcides Escobar's two-out single. Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth for his third save in four chances.

The White Sox picked up just their second victory in 11 games. The Royals dropped to a major league-worst 1-10 at home.

ROSTER MOVES

The White Sox sent 1B Casey Gillaspie outright off the 40-man roster. Gillaspie, a 2014 first-round pick of the Rays, was hitting .214 with 29 strikeouts in 76 at-bats with Triple-A Charlotte. ... The White Sox acquired OF Todd Cunningham from the Pirates for future considerations. He has spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Braves and Angels.

FARQUHAR UPDATE

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said RHP Danny Farquhar has been able to go on light walks with his wife as he continues to improve. He remains in stable condition in intensive care after suffering a brain aneurysm Saturday and collapsing in the dugout.

RENTERIA'S MOTHER DIES

Renteria's mother, Angela, 91, died Wednesday. Renteria will miss the White Sox games Friday and Saturday to attend services in Austin, Texas.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu was not in the lineup with flu-like symptoms, which caused him to exit in the fourth inning Wednesday. ... LF Nicky Delmonico was scratched with a stiff neck. Traycie Thompson replaced him in the lineup.

Royals: RHP Nathan Karns, who is on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, threw a 25-pitch one inning simulated game. ... RHP Ian Kennedy has the clearance to start Sunday after leaving his Tuesday start with a bruised toe.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez has not allowed more than four hits or two runs in any of his four starts.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy was pulled after 4 2/3 innings in his previous start, allowing six runs on 10 hits and two walks at Detroit.

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CHW6-16
100212000691
KC5-18
0002000103110
  • W: L. Giolito (1-3)L: J. Junis (3-2)S: J. Soria (3)
  • HR: CHW - W. Castillo (3), T. Thompson (2), M. Davidson 2 (7), Y. Moncada (6), KC - J. Soler (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B51311021.264.360.563.9237.0
T. Anderson SS50000013.262.319.417.735-0.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40100000.299.349.442.7901.0
W. Castillo C32111101.255.328.473.8018.0
D. Palka DH40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Davidson 1B32232010.225.353.563.91613.5
L. Garcia LF30000112.171.261.195.4560.5
T. Thompson RF41111011.154.154.423.5775.5
A. Engel CF40100000.155.231.172.4033.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay DH50000026.235.330.282.612-1.0
    A. Almonte CF50200011.263.300.447.7472.5
    M. Moustakas 3B51200003.309.337.608.9454.0
    S. Perez C51200012.231.231.462.6922.5
    L. Duda 1B40000115.221.286.351.6360.5
    J. Soler RF31221112.279.416.443.8588.5
    A. Gordon LF30000004.206.250.265.5151.0
    R. Goins 2B40200005.242.286.303.5893.0
    A. Escobar SS40110002.203.273.329.6022.0
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Moncada (6), W. Castillo (3), M. Davidson 2 (7), T. Thompson (2)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (12), W. Castillo (6), M. Davidson 3 (15), T. Thompson (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Davidson 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Almonte, M. Moustakas (6), R. Goins (2)
      • HR - J. Soler (2)
      • RBI - J. Soler 2 (4), A. Escobar (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (2), A. Escobar (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Engel (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Anderson (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (W, 1-3)5.25222217.711.7114.0
      L. Avilan (H, 3)0.11000005.142.00-1.0
      B. Rondon1.01000106.231.382.5
      N. Jones1.03110201.861.240.0
      J. Soria (S, 3)1.01000103.001.229.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (W, 1-3)5.2
      L. Avilan (H, 3)0.1
      B. Rondon1.0
      N. Jones1.0
      J. Soria (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 3-2)5.26662553.340.87-1.5
      B. Flynn2.12000002.921.224.0
      K. Herrera1.01000100.000.522.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 3-2)5.2
      B. Flynn2.1
      K. Herrera1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Jones
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 93-56, L. Avilan 9-4, B. Rondon 12-9, N. Jones 26-15, J. Soria 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 8-7, L. Avilan 1-0, J. Soria 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 24, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4, N. Jones 7, J. Soria 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Junis 2 (2)
      • HBP - B. Flynn (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-65, B. Flynn 32-19, K. Herrera 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-5, B. Flynn 3-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, B. Flynn 9, K. Herrera 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      CHW6-16
      100212000691
      KC5-18
      0002000103110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Moncada 2B51311021.264.360.563.9237.0
      T. Anderson SS50000013.262.319.417.735-0.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B40100000.299.349.442.7901.0
      W. Castillo C32111101.255.328.473.8018.0
      D. Palka DH40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
      M. Davidson 1B32232010.225.353.563.91613.5
      L. Garcia LF30000112.171.261.195.4560.5
      T. Thompson RF41111011.154.154.423.5775.5
      A. Engel CF40100000.155.231.172.4033.0
      Total3569652610-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay DH50000026.235.330.282.612-1.0
        A. Almonte CF50200011.263.300.447.7472.5
        M. Moustakas 3B51200003.309.337.608.9454.0
        S. Perez C51200012.231.231.462.6922.5
        L. Duda 1B40000115.221.286.351.6360.5
        J. Soler RF31221112.279.416.443.8588.5
        A. Gordon LF30000004.206.250.265.5151.0
        R. Goins 2B40200005.242.286.303.5893.0
        A. Escobar SS40110002.203.273.329.6022.0
        Total38311312630-----
          BATTING
          • HR - Y. Moncada (6), W. Castillo (3), M. Davidson 2 (7), T. Thompson (2)
          • RBI - Y. Moncada (12), W. Castillo (6), M. Davidson 3 (15), T. Thompson (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Davidson 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Almonte, M. Moustakas (6), R. Goins (2)
          • HR - J. Soler (2)
          • RBI - J. Soler 2 (4), A. Escobar (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (2), A. Escobar (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Engel (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Anderson (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito (W, 1-3)5.25222217.711.7114.0
          L. Avilan (H, 3)0.11000005.142.00-1.0
          B. Rondon1.01000106.231.382.5
          N. Jones1.03110201.861.240.0
          J. Soria (S, 3)1.01000103.001.229.5
          Total9.01133261---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito (W, 1-3)5.2
          L. Avilan (H, 3)0.1
          B. Rondon1.0
          N. Jones1.0
          J. Soria (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 3-2)5.26662553.340.87-1.5
          B. Flynn2.12000002.921.224.0
          K. Herrera1.01000100.000.522.5
          Total9.0966265---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 3-2)5.2
          B. Flynn2.1
          K. Herrera1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - N. Jones
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 93-56, L. Avilan 9-4, B. Rondon 12-9, N. Jones 26-15, J. Soria 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 8-7, L. Avilan 1-0, J. Soria 1-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 24, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4, N. Jones 7, J. Soria 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Junis 2 (2)
          • HBP - B. Flynn (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-65, B. Flynn 32-19, K. Herrera 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-5, B. Flynn 3-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, B. Flynn 9, K. Herrera 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Escobar singled to center, Perez scored, Soler to third, Gordon to second63
          • 6TH INNING
            Davidson homered to left center, Castillo scored62
          • 5TH INNING
            Thompson homered to center42
          • 4TH INNING
            Soler homered to left center, Moustakas scored32
            Davidson homered to left30
            Castillo homered to left20
          • 1ST INNING
            Moncada homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brian Flynn
            • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thompson popped out to second
            • A. Engel: Engel singled to center
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Engel stole second, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joakim Soria relieved Nate Jones
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Almonte doubled to deep right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first, Almonte to third
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Foul, Duda flied out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez singled to center
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Castillo flied out to center
            • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Palka reached on fielder's choice to second, Sanchez out at second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson hit by pitch, Palka to second
            • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Nate Jones relieved Bruce Rondon
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez singled to center
            • L. Duda: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler singled to left, Perez to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch, Perez to third, Soler to second
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goins fouled out to first
            • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to center, Perez scored, Soler to third, Gordon to second
            • J. Jay: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Engel lined out to left
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada reached on an infield single to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moncada out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Avilan Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins singled to center
            • Bruce Rondon relieved Luis Avilan
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Almonte singled to center, Goins to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castillo walked
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Castillo to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Palka grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castillo to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Davidson homered to left center, Castillo scored
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
            • T. Thompson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Thompson flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas doubled to deep left
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to left, Moustakas to third
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda popped out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • Luis Avilan relieved Lucas Giolito
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Thompson homered to center
            • A. Engel: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Engel grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins doubled to deep center
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second, Goins to third
            • J. Jay: Jay reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goins out at home
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
            • W. Castillo: Foul, Ball, Castillo homered to left
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Palka grounded out to second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson homered to left
            • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas singled to shallow center
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez fouled out to first
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Soler homered to left center, Moustakas scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • T. Thompson: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Engel fouled out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada singled to left center
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Moncada out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar safe at first on shortstop Anderson fielding error
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Jay grounded into double play shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Almonte lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Palka popped out to shortstop
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Duda to second
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to right
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada homered to right
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez flied out to left
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Castillo grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Almonte grounded out to first
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)