Royals end 5-game skid, beat White Sox 5-2 to split DH

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez and the Kansas City Royals had the last word with Tim Anderson.

Eric Skoglund overcame a leadoff homer by Anderson that led to a bench-clearing incident, pitching Kansas City past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 to end the Royals' five-game losing streak and give them a split of the day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Anderson celebrated as he rounded the bases and Royals catcher Perez said something to him as he crossed the plate.

In the bottom of the first, Perez reached on an error and moved to second base when Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. There, Perez and Anderson, the shortstop, had more words as both dugouts and bullpens emptied.

''When he hit the home run, he has some zeal going down the first base line,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''That's a tea party. That's not a scuffle. That's a little get together out there.''

No punches were thrown and order was quickly restored. Perez and Anderson shook hands.

''I don't have a problem when a guy hits a homer and takes a step or two and keeps running,'' Perez said. ''But when you start to get loud and say some words, I don't like that. You've got to respect my team and my pitcher. From my side, it's over.''

After the exchange of words, Anderson mishandled a sharp grounder by Abraham Almonte that was ruled an infield single as Mike Moustakas scored. Anderson also grounded into two doubles plays in his final two at-bats.

''I was happy,'' Perez said. ''We got a double play.''

Anderson hit a pair of home runs in the season opener against the Royals.

''They're trying to take the fun out of baseball,'' Anderson said. ''This game is fun, and I went through too much last year to not have fun. I'm having fun this year. It's exciting and I'm going to continue to be me.

''I play this game with my heart and I put a lot of work into it and I'm not going to change because of that. It's not the first incident and it's probably not going to be the last. I play with a lot of energy, so I'm going to keep going.''

It is the yelling as he circles the bases that appear to irritate opponents.

''If they don't like it, so what,'' Anderson said. ''If they don't like it, pick another location.''

The White Sox won the opener 8-0 as Carson Fulmer allowed four singles over seven innings and Daniel Palka had four hits and drove in three runs.

Skoglund (1-2) pitched seven impressive innings in the night game to pick up his first win in nearly a year. He retired 15 straight after Anderson's homer. Skoglund permitted just two hits and struck out a career-high nine. His only other victory was May 30, 2017, in his big league debut.

Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Alex Gordon drove in his first three runs of the season for Kansas City. He had a two-out, two-run single in a three-run first.

Dylan Covey (0-1) allowed four runs, three unearned after left fielder Leury Garcia's first-inning error, over six innings.

Covey, just recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, is 0-8 in 13 major league starts.

Jorge Soler and Perez hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth for the final Kansas City run.

Fulmer (2-1) left after 109 pitches, walked three and struck out three. In his past two starts, he has allowed seven hits and two runs over 13 innings.

Palka, who was hitless in his first eight at-bats since debuting Wednesday, was a triple shy of a cycle. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Burch Smith.

Trevor Oaks (0-1), who was the Royals' 26h man, gave up five runs on 12 hits over five innings in his major league debut.

WALKING MAN

Soler has walked in nine consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors this season.

BUCHHOLZ UPDATE

Royals RHP Clay Buchholz allowed one earned run on four hits over five innings in a no-decision in a start for Triple-A Omaha at Colorado Springs. The 33-year-old, who was a two-time AL All-Star with Boston, is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three minor league starts. He signed a minor league contract in late March with the Royals with an out clause if not added to the big league roster by Tuesday.

UP NEXT

The Royals will start RHP Ian Kennedy in the series finale. He left his previous start after three innings with a bruised toe from a line drive. White Sox LHP Hector Santiago will make his first start of the season.

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  • W: E. Skoglund (1-2)L: D. Covey (0-1)S: K. Herrera (5)
  • HR: CHW - T. Anderson (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Sanchez 3B40000020.275.320.407.727-1.0
J. Abreu DH40100020.271.340.500.8401.0
M. Davidson 1B30000101.250.364.619.9831.0
Y. Moncada 2B40000032.260.351.530.881-1.5
L. Garcia LF-CF31100010.245.310.302.6123.5
T. Thompson RF30000011.147.147.353.500-0.5
O. Narvaez C30200010.182.289.242.5321.5
A. Engel CF20000001.159.229.206.4350.0
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  • a-singled for Engel in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B30000211.242.321.374.6953.5
M. Moustakas DH41100103.297.328.586.9135.0
S. Perez C42100014.240.269.440.7093.5
J. Soler RF30110114.296.433.465.8983.5
L. Duda 1B31000114.213.278.326.6041.5
A. Almonte CF21110201.275.341.450.7914.0
A. Gordon LF40230001.261.306.326.6326.0
C. Cuthbert 3B40000023.208.293.236.529-1.0
A. Escobar SS40100011.198.267.308.5750.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (4)
    • HR - T. Anderson (4)
    • RBI - T. Anderson (7), N. Delmonico (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (2), J. Soler (6), A. Gordon (3)
    • RBI - J. Soler (6), A. Almonte (7), A. Gordon 3 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Almonte, A. Gordon 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - L. Garcia (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (3), M. Moustakas
    • CS - A. Almonte
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (2)
    • E - D. Covey, L. Garcia (2)
    • PB - O. Narvaez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey (L, 0-1)6.06413301.501.507.5
    J. Minaya2.011144012.004.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey (L, 0-1)6.0
    J. Minaya2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Skoglund (W, 1-2)7.02111916.231.2031.5
    B. Keller (H, 2)1.03110103.721.45-0.5
    K. Herrera (S, 5)1.01000100.000.529.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Skoglund (W, 1-2)7.0
    B. Keller (H, 2)1.0
    K. Herrera (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 101-62, J. Minaya 49-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 8-7
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 27, J. Minaya 11
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 88-57, B. Keller 21-13, K. Herrera 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, B. Keller 1-0, K. Herrera 2-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Keller 5, K. Herrera 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS41111013.278.327.454.7815.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40000020.275.320.407.727-1.0
    J. Abreu DH40100020.271.340.500.8401.0
    M. Davidson 1B30000101.250.364.619.9831.0
    Y. Moncada 2B40000032.260.351.530.881-1.5
    L. Garcia LF-CF31100010.245.310.302.6123.5
    T. Thompson RF30000011.147.147.353.500-0.5
    O. Narvaez C30200010.182.289.242.5321.5
    A. Engel CF20000001.159.229.206.4350.0
    a- N. Delmonico PH-LF10110000.242.351.303.6542.0
    Total3126211118-----
    • a-singled for Engel in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30000211.242.321.374.6953.5
    M. Moustakas DH41100103.297.328.586.9135.0
    S. Perez C42100014.240.269.440.7093.5
    J. Soler RF30110114.296.433.465.8983.5
    L. Duda 1B31000114.213.278.326.6041.5
    A. Almonte CF21110201.275.341.450.7914.0
    A. Gordon LF40230001.261.306.326.6326.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B40000023.208.293.236.529-1.0
    A. Escobar SS40100011.198.267.308.5750.5
    Total3157507722-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (4)
      • HR - T. Anderson (4)
      • RBI - T. Anderson (7), N. Delmonico (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (2), J. Soler (6), A. Gordon (3)
      • RBI - J. Soler (6), A. Almonte (7), A. Gordon 3 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Almonte, A. Gordon 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Garcia (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (3), M. Moustakas
      • CS - A. Almonte
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (2)
      • E - D. Covey, L. Garcia (2)
      • PB - O. Narvaez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 0-1)6.06413301.501.507.5
      J. Minaya2.011144012.004.002.0
      Total8.0752770---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 0-1)6.0
      J. Minaya2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund (W, 1-2)7.02111916.231.2031.5
      B. Keller (H, 2)1.03110103.721.45-0.5
      K. Herrera (S, 5)1.01000100.000.529.5
      Total9.06221111---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund (W, 1-2)7.0
      B. Keller (H, 2)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 101-62, J. Minaya 49-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 8-7
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 27, J. Minaya 11
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 88-57, B. Keller 21-13, K. Herrera 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, B. Keller 1-0, K. Herrera 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Keller 5, K. Herrera 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Gordon doubled to deep right, Almonte scored25
        Delmonico singled to right, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second24
      • 5TH INNING
        Soler doubled to shallow left, Perez scored14
      • 1ST INNING
        Gordon singled to center, Perez and Duda scored, Almonte to third13
        Almonte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Duda to second11
        Anderson homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brad Keller
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu doubled to deep right center
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Davidson grounded out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brad Keller relieved Eric Skoglund
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia stole second, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to left, Garcia to third
        • Nicky Delmonico hit for Adam Engel
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico singled to right, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Delmonico out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Minaya Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte walked
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gordon doubled to deep right, Almonte scored
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas popped out to first
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davidson walked
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Minaya relieved Dylan Covey
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Merrifield to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield stole third
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas stole second, Duda popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez singled to center
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Engel flied out to deep left
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Narvaez out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Escobar popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to deep right
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Thompson fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez doubled to deep right
        • J. Soler: Ball, Soler doubled to shallow left, Perez scored
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda lined into double play left to second, Soler out at second
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte walked
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Davidson grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert grounded out to third
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left
        • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • A. Engel: Engel lined out to center
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
        • L. Duda: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • A. Almonte: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Soler to second on passed ball, Almonte flied out to deep left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thompson popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas safe at first on Covey fielding error
        • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson homered to left center
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davidson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Merrifield lined out to right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas singled to center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez safe at first on center fielder Garcia fielding error, Moustakas to second
        • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler flied out to center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked, Moustakas to third, Perez to second
        • A. Almonte: Almonte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Duda to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon singled to center, Perez and Duda scored, Almonte to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)