Cuthbert homers twice in Royals' 5-4 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It took the Kansas City Royals 27 games, but they finally have a winning streak.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered twice and drove in four runs as the Royals won back-to-back games for the first time this season, defeating the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday.

Whit Merrifield singled home Alcides Escobar, who was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, with the go-ahead run in the eighth off Bruce Rondon (1-1). Escobar left in the ninth with a left hand contusion.

''It's been a struggle for us so far,'' Merrifield said. ''That was a big one. Hopefully that can get us over the hump and we can have more of those.''

Cuthbert, who had not homered since August 20 - a span on 109 at-bats - drove a Hector Santiago pitch into the White Sox bullpen in the fourth to snap an 0-for-14.

''Finally,'' Cuthbert said. ''It's really fun to have a game like that and for us to get a win.''

He homered in the fifth with Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler aboard off Chris Volstad. It was Cuthbert's second career multi-homer game. The other was June 11, 2016.

''I feel like it was a pretty good pitch, down and in,'' Volstad said. ''He just dropped the barrel of the bat on it and he hit it pretty high. I didn't know if it was going to get out or not. It barely did.''

Royals starter Ian Kennedy left after five innings with a 4-2 lead, but reliever Brian Flynn could not hold it.

''It's been frustrating overall all, just trying to find those back-to-back wins,'' Kennedy said.

Daniel Palka doubled home two White Sox runs in the fourth, giving him five RBIs in two games.

Santiago was making his first start of the season after seven relief appearances and was removed after 4 2/3 innings and 86 pitches.

''I felt great in that fifth inning,'' he said. ''I think they were kind of thinking 85. It's baby steps when you're coming out of the pen and trying to get to stretched out to 100 pitches. They're always cautious about that big jump from 50 to 100 in one outing.''

Leury Garcia's two-out triple in the sixth scored Trayce Thompson, cutting the Royals lead to 4-3. Nicky Delmonico's run-producing double in the seventh tied the score.

The Royals loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh, but failed to score. Kansas City is 4-for-25, .160, with the bases loaded this season.

''That's how it is been going for us,'' Merrifield said. ''It really couldn't have gotten much worse for us as far as runners on third and less than two out, all that kind of stuff.''

Brandon McCarthy (2-0) picked up the victory, while Blaine Boyer logged his fifth career save and his first since May 29, 2016 while with Milwaukee.

SPEAKING

''Somehow from spring to the beginning of the season, I just completely got out of whack,'' said Boyer, who has a 15.00 ERA in nine innings. ''It's frustrating after 19 years in the game and you feel like you fall off a bicycle and you get back on and don't know how to ride it again. I'm glad to be back to my normal self.''

NOT OVER YET

The quarrel between Royals catcher Perez and White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson may not be finished. The two exchanged words Saturday after Perez thought Anderson celebrated too much after a leadoff home run. ''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,'' Anderson said. ''It's not the first incident and it's probably not going to be the last.'' The two teams meet 12 more times this season with the next nine in Chicago. ''(Matt) Davidson, he has a pretty good season here, nobody to hit him, you know,'' Perez said. ''He hits the ball, homer and runs hard. Why you gotta hit him? No. But if you're gonna do that (bleep) to us, we're gonna hit you. We will tell the pitcher, `hit him.''' Davidson has seven home runs against the Royals this season.

RENTERIA RETURNS

White Sox manager Rick Renteria returned after missing the three games Friday and Saturday to attend his mother's funeral services in Austin, Texas. ''Our family is very grateful to everybody,'' he said. ''We had a lot of outpouring from the game. My family's very thankful for that. We think she's in a much better place now. We see her laughing in our mind's eye, now. I'm sure she'll be up there cheering the White Sox on with my dad and probably arguing (with the umpires) out there with me every now and then.'' He said he received game reports updates while away. ''Kind of kept up with everything,'' Renteria said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: After an off-day Monday, RHP James Shields will start Tuesday at St. Louis. He is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last three starts.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel will start Monday at Boston in the opener of a three-game series.

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  • W: K. McCarthy (2-0)L: B. Rondon (1-1)S: B. Boyer (1)
  • HR: KC - C. Cuthbert 2 (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B50200021.267.353.524.8771.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40000113.263.314.389.7040.5
J. Abreu 1B32000112.263.342.485.8275.5
N. Delmonico LF51210002.254.354.338.6926.0
M. Davidson DH30100212.253.375.609.9842.5
A. Engel PR-DH00000000.159.229.206.4350.0
D. Palka RF20220000.400.400.8671.2677.0
a- T. Thompson PH-RF21000103.139.162.333.4952.0
T. Anderson SS40000014.267.315.436.750-0.5
L. Garcia CF40210001.263.323.351.6735.0
O. Narvaez C40100002.189.286.243.5291.0
  • a-walked for Palka in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B50210002.250.325.375.7005.0
M. Moustakas 3B50200013.302.331.578.9081.5
S. Perez DH51200023.267.290.433.7242.0
J. Soler RF41200021.307.436.467.9032.0
C. Cuthbert 1B42242003.224.302.329.63114.0
L. Duda 1B00000000.213.278.326.6040.0
J. Jay CF30000103.237.327.278.6061.0
A. Gordon LF30100114.265.321.327.6471.5
A. Escobar SS21100001.204.279.323.6014.0
R. Goins SS00000000.242.286.303.5890.0
D. Butera C20000213.163.276.204.4801.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Delmonico 2 (3), D. Palka (2)
    • 3B - D. Palka, L. Garcia (2)
    • RBI - N. Delmonico (6), D. Palka 2 (6), L. Garcia (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (4), L. Garcia (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Escobar (6)
    • HR - C. Cuthbert 2 (2)
    • SH - A. Escobar
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (8), C. Cuthbert 4 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Abreu
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (4)
    FIELDING
    • PB - O. Narvaez (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Santiago4.25223513.481.404.5
    C. Volstad1.26221014.611.61-6.0
    L. Avilan0.20000104.151.620.5
    B. Rondon (L, 1-1)1.01100105.591.34-2.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Santiago4.2
    C. Volstad1.2
    L. Avilan0.2
    B. Rondon (L, 1-1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy5.05222603.481.429.0
    B. Flynn (BS, 1)1.22222003.861.36-3.0
    K. McCarthy (W, 2-0)1.12001003.521.707.0
    B. Boyer (S, 1)1.010000015.002.679.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy5.0
    B. Flynn (BS, 1)1.2
    K. McCarthy (W, 2-0)1.1
    B. Boyer (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Volstad
    • HBP - B. Rondon
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 86-57, C. Volstad 41-26, L. Avilan 10-6, B. Rondon 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 2-6, C. Volstad 4-0, L. Avilan 1-0, B. Rondon 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 21, C. Volstad 11, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Flynn (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 97-66, B. Flynn 42-20, K. McCarthy 31-23, B. Boyer 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-6, B. Flynn 3-1, K. McCarthy 2-2, B. Boyer 2-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 22, B. Flynn 9, K. McCarthy 7, B. Boyer 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B50200021.267.353.524.8771.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B40000113.263.314.389.7040.5
    J. Abreu 1B32000112.263.342.485.8275.5
    N. Delmonico LF51210002.254.354.338.6926.0
    M. Davidson DH30100212.253.375.609.9842.5
    A. Engel PR-DH00000000.159.229.206.4350.0
    D. Palka RF20220000.400.400.8671.2677.0
    a- T. Thompson PH-RF21000103.139.162.333.4952.0
    T. Anderson SS40000014.267.315.436.750-0.5
    L. Garcia CF40210001.263.323.351.6735.0
    O. Narvaez C40100002.189.286.243.5291.0
    Total36410405620-----
    • a-walked for Palka in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B50210002.250.325.375.7005.0
    M. Moustakas 3B50200013.302.331.578.9081.5
    S. Perez DH51200023.267.290.433.7242.0
    J. Soler RF41200021.307.436.467.9032.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B42242003.224.302.329.63114.0
    L. Duda 1B00000000.213.278.326.6040.0
    J. Jay CF30000103.237.327.278.6061.0
    A. Gordon LF30100114.265.321.327.6471.5
    A. Escobar SS21100001.204.279.323.6014.0
    R. Goins SS00000000.242.286.303.5890.0
    D. Butera C20000213.163.276.204.4801.5
    Total33512524723-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Delmonico 2 (3), D. Palka (2)
      • 3B - D. Palka, L. Garcia (2)
      • RBI - N. Delmonico (6), D. Palka 2 (6), L. Garcia (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (4), L. Garcia (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Escobar (6)
      • HR - C. Cuthbert 2 (2)
      • SH - A. Escobar
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (8), C. Cuthbert 4 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Abreu
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (4)
      FIELDING
      • PB - O. Narvaez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Santiago4.25223513.481.404.5
      C. Volstad1.26221014.611.61-6.0
      L. Avilan0.20000104.151.620.5
      B. Rondon (L, 1-1)1.01100105.591.34-2.5
      Total8.01254472---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Santiago4.2
      C. Volstad1.2
      L. Avilan0.2
      B. Rondon (L, 1-1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy5.05222603.481.429.0
      B. Flynn (BS, 1)1.22222003.861.36-3.0
      K. McCarthy (W, 2-0)1.12001003.521.707.0
      B. Boyer (S, 1)1.010000015.002.679.0
      Total9.01044560---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy5.0
      B. Flynn (BS, 1)1.2
      K. McCarthy (W, 2-0)1.1
      B. Boyer (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Volstad
      • HBP - B. Rondon
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 86-57, C. Volstad 41-26, L. Avilan 10-6, B. Rondon 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 2-6, C. Volstad 4-0, L. Avilan 1-0, B. Rondon 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 21, C. Volstad 11, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Flynn (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 97-66, B. Flynn 42-20, K. McCarthy 31-23, B. Boyer 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-6, B. Flynn 3-1, K. McCarthy 2-2, B. Boyer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 22, B. Flynn 9, K. McCarthy 7, B. Boyer 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Merrifield singled to shallow center, Escobar scored45
      • 7TH INNING
        Delmonico doubled to right, Abreu scored44
      • 6TH INNING
        Garcia tripled to left center, Thompson scored34
      • 5TH INNING
        Cuthbert homered to left center, Perez and Soler scored24
      • 4TH INNING
        Cuthbert homered to left21
        Palka doubled to deep right, Abreu and Delmonico scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blaine Boyer relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • Ryan Goins at shortstop
        • Lucas Duda at first
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Delmonico grounded out to second
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Adam Engel ran for Matt Davidson
        • T. Thompson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Thompson lined out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • K. McCarthy Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia singled to shallow left
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Narvaez flied out to center
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada singled to left center, Garcia to third
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bruce Rondon relieved Luis Avilan
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar hit by pitch
        • D. Butera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar to second on passed ball, Butera popped bunt out to catcher
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to shallow center, Escobar scored
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada lined out to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu hit by pitch
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Abreu stole second, Delmonico doubled to right, Abreu scored
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brian Flynn
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Thompson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Davidson out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Volstad Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas singled to shallow right
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez singled to right, Moustakas to second
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soler singled to shallow right center, Moustakas to third, Perez to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert reached on fielder's choice to third, Moustakas out at home, Perez to third, Soler to second
        • Luis Avilan relieved Chris Volstad
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Perez out at home, Soler to third, Cuthbert to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Brian Flynn relieved Ian Kennedy
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked
        • Trayce Thompson hit for Daniel Palka
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Thompson walked, Davidson to second
        • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded into double play third to first, Davidson out at third, Thompson to second
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia tripled to left center, Thompson scored
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Volstad Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow left
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gordon to second
        • D. Butera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Butera out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to right
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Narvaez to second
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu popped out to second
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Moustakas fouled out to third
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to left
        • Chris Volstad relieved Hector Santiago
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler singled to right center, Perez to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert homered to left center, Perez and Soler scored
        • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Delmonico doubled to shallow left, Abreu to third
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Palka doubled to deep right, Abreu and Delmonico scored
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert homered to left
        • J. Jay: Jay lined out to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar doubled to shallow left, Gordon to third
        • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez flied out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moncada singled to right center
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Moncada out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center, Butera to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Butera to third, Merrifield out at second
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Delmonico flied out to deep center
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Davidson flied out to deep left
        • D. Palka: Palka safe at first on left fielder Gordon fielding error, Palka to third
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to center
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay walked
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon flied out to left
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Abreu struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield popped out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas reached on an infield single to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)