Garcia gets 3 hits as White Sox beat Royals 9-6

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox had a little fun with slumping slugger Jose Abreu on Friday night.

Abreu homered for the first time in July, helping the White Sox hold off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-6 victory.

Leury Garcia had three hits and three RBIs as the White Sox earned their second straight win after a six-game slide. They finished with 14 hits against the AL Central-worst Royals.

Abreu broke out of a 2-for-23 slide with a single to center in the fourth inning. Manager Rick Renteria then saw an opportunity to take the edge off in the dugout, joking with his All-Star first baseman about a possible memento.

''We were asking him if he wanted us to get the ball for him. He kind of got a little chuckle off of that,'' Renteria said.

Abreu didn't mine the friendly jab.

''It was a good moment,'' Abreu said through a translator. ''It was my first hit in a few games and I was happy. Ricky is always trying to make it fun to try to relax the atmosphere and the tension between us.''

Garcia doubled in two runs in the first, singled in the third and connected for a solo drive in the sixth. Omar Narvaez added a two-run homer in the eighth off Kevin McCarthy and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Chicago right-hander James Shields (4-10) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. He was charged with four runs, two earned, and five hits.

''For the most part I was pounding the strike zone tonight,'' he said. ''I had my changeup working tonight. I haven't had that in a couple of games so I'm just trying to pound the strike zone as much as I possibly can and go deep as I possibly can in the game.''

Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored two runs for Kansas City, which has dropped 12 of 13. Brad Keller (2-4) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Keller attributed his struggles to his mechanics.

''Just like my typical cues to get through the ball, I wasn't hitting right,'' he said. ''So I just was kind of leaning off the left a little bit, pulling balls and balls were coming over the middle of the plate.''

Jorge Bonifacio chased Shields with a two-out, two-run double in the seventh. Lucas Duda scored on third baseman Yolmer Sanchez's error in the eighth and Merrifield added an RBI single, pulling Kansas City within one.

But Charlie Tilson made a nice running catch on Bonifacio's deep fly ball to center, ending the inning. Soria then worked a perfect ninth.

''Our offense has picked up here in the last week. I'm feeling better about the at-bats I'm seeing and the production we're getting out there,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The White Sox opened a 5-2 lead with two in the third. Narvaez and Ryan LaMarre each had an RBI single.

Abreu and Garcia went deep in the sixth. Abreu hit a solo shot off Heath Fillmyer for his 13th of the season. It was his first homer since June 27.

Garcia's fourth homer came against Tim Hill.

TRADE TALK

The White Sox are expected to be active before the trade deadline once again. Abreu, outfielder Avisail Garcia and Shields could attract some attention from contenders.

''I'll say the same thing I said last year - as long as they're here, they're ours, and we have to keep doing what we do,'' Renteria said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Rosell Herrera could return from paternity leave for the series finale on Sunday, Yost said.

White Sox: Avisail Garcia (left hamstring tightness) may not require a rehab stint before his return after the All-Star break. ''This was sincerely very mild,'' Renteria said. ''It was more precautionary and it's just a matter of that thing calming down a little bit.''

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (4-8, 4.89 ERA) will bid for the fourth quality start in his last five tries Saturday.

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-6, 3.77 ERA) will take a career 2-0 record and 3.28 ERA versus Royals into his start.

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123456789RHE
KC26-67
002000220671
CHW32-61
30200202X9142
  • W: J. Shields (4-10)L: B. Keller (2-4)S: J. Soria (14)
  • HR: CHW - L. Garcia (4), J. Abreu (13), O. Narvaez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B42210100.305.376.431.8076.0
J. Bonifacio RF41120022.289.347.400.7475.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000000.253.309.474.7831.0
S. Perez C40110012.217.256.384.6401.5
L. Duda DH41100122.238.310.402.7122.0
H. Dozier 1B31000112.210.271.335.6061.5
A. Gordon LF40100010.248.327.353.6801.5
A. Escobar CF40010012.198.246.275.5210.5
A. Mondesi SS41100012.232.254.377.6301.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B21000312.230.301.410.7113.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B41100114.259.311.411.7222.5
    J. Abreu 1B51211004.255.309.445.7557.0
    D. Palka DH52310001.226.274.453.7277.0
    A. Engel PR-DH01000000.224.280.311.5911.0
    L. Garcia RF52331002.280.315.400.71512.0
    O. Narvaez C41231101.286.356.415.77110.0
    T. Anderson SS50100015.246.303.415.7190.5
    R. LaMarre LF40210011.272.327.320.6482.5
    C. Tilson CF30000101.267.333.295.6291.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bonifacio (5), A. Gordon (10)
      • SF - S. Perez (4)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (30), J. Bonifacio 2 (5), S. Perez (39), A. Escobar (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (14), J. Bonifacio 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Palka (9), L. Garcia (5)
      • HR - J. Abreu (13), L. Garcia (4), O. Narvaez (3)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (52), D. Palka (30), L. Garcia 3 (20), O. Narvaez 3 (17), R. LaMarre (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez 2 (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
      • E - A. Escobar (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Moncada (15), Y. Sanchez (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 2-4)2.27554103.131.37-14.5
      H. Fillmyer2.13112213.451.471.0
      T. Hill1.02110115.931.540.5
      J. Adam1.00000004.221.223.0
      K. McCarthy1.02220013.691.23-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 2-4)2.2
      H. Fillmyer2.1
      T. Hill1.0
      J. Adam1.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields (W, 4-10)6.25422704.431.2722.5
      L. Avilan0.00000004.051.390.0
      J. Minaya (H, 3)0.10000003.441.640.0
      X. Cedeno (H, 4)0.21211001.421.03-3.0
      J. Gomez (H, 1)0.11000000.003.00-1.0
      J. Soria (S, 14)1.00000202.751.1711.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields (W, 4-10)6.2
      L. Avilan0.0
      J. Minaya (H, 3)0.1
      X. Cedeno (H, 4)0.2
      J. Gomez (H, 1)0.1
      J. Soria (S, 14)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Keller (5), H. Fillmyer (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 70-42, H. Fillmyer 56-36, T. Hill 27-17, J. Adam 11-7, K. McCarthy 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-2, H. Fillmyer 2-2, T. Hill 2-0, J. Adam 2-1, K. McCarthy 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 19, H. Fillmyer 11, T. Hill 5, J. Adam 3, K. McCarthy 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Shields 2 (8)
      • HBP - J. Shields (4), L. Avilan
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 109-67, L. Avilan 6-3, J. Minaya 3-2, X. Cedeno 20-13, J. Gomez 7-5, J. Soria 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-10, X. Cedeno 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 29, L. Avilan, J. Minaya, X. Cedeno 5, J. Gomez 2, J. Soria 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC26-67
      002000220671
      CHW32-61
      30200202X9142
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B42210100.305.376.431.8076.0
      J. Bonifacio RF41120022.289.347.400.7475.0
      M. Moustakas 3B40000000.253.309.474.7831.0
      S. Perez C40110012.217.256.384.6401.5
      L. Duda DH41100122.238.310.402.7122.0
      H. Dozier 1B31000112.210.271.335.6061.5
      A. Gordon LF40100010.248.327.353.6801.5
      A. Escobar CF40010012.198.246.275.5210.5
      A. Mondesi SS41100012.232.254.377.6301.5
      Total3567503912-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Moncada 2B21000312.230.301.410.7113.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B41100114.259.311.411.7222.5
        J. Abreu 1B51211004.255.309.445.7557.0
        D. Palka DH52310001.226.274.453.7277.0
        A. Engel PR-DH01000000.224.280.311.5911.0
        L. Garcia RF52331002.280.315.400.71512.0
        O. Narvaez C41231101.286.356.415.77110.0
        T. Anderson SS50100015.246.303.415.7190.5
        R. LaMarre LF40210011.272.327.320.6482.5
        C. Tilson CF30000101.267.333.295.6291.0
        Total37914936421-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bonifacio (5), A. Gordon (10)
          • SF - S. Perez (4)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (30), J. Bonifacio 2 (5), S. Perez (39), A. Escobar (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (14), J. Bonifacio 2 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Palka (9), L. Garcia (5)
          • HR - J. Abreu (13), L. Garcia (4), O. Narvaez (3)
          • RBI - J. Abreu (52), D. Palka (30), L. Garcia 3 (20), O. Narvaez 3 (17), R. LaMarre (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez 2 (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
          • E - A. Escobar (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Moncada (15), Y. Sanchez (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 2-4)2.27554103.131.37-14.5
          H. Fillmyer2.13112213.451.471.0
          T. Hill1.02110115.931.540.5
          J. Adam1.00000004.221.223.0
          K. McCarthy1.02220013.691.23-1.0
          Total8.01499643---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 2-4)2.2
          H. Fillmyer2.1
          T. Hill1.0
          J. Adam1.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields (W, 4-10)6.25422704.431.2722.5
          L. Avilan0.00000004.051.390.0
          J. Minaya (H, 3)0.10000003.441.640.0
          X. Cedeno (H, 4)0.21211001.421.03-3.0
          J. Gomez (H, 1)0.11000000.003.00-1.0
          J. Soria (S, 14)1.00000202.751.1711.0
          Total9.0763390---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields (W, 4-10)6.2
          L. Avilan0.0
          J. Minaya (H, 3)0.1
          X. Cedeno (H, 4)0.2
          J. Gomez (H, 1)0.1
          J. Soria (S, 14)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Keller (5), H. Fillmyer (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 70-42, H. Fillmyer 56-36, T. Hill 27-17, J. Adam 11-7, K. McCarthy 16-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-2, H. Fillmyer 2-2, T. Hill 2-0, J. Adam 2-1, K. McCarthy 1-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 19, H. Fillmyer 11, T. Hill 5, J. Adam 3, K. McCarthy 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Shields 2 (8)
          • HBP - J. Shields (4), L. Avilan
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 109-67, L. Avilan 6-3, J. Minaya 3-2, X. Cedeno 20-13, J. Gomez 7-5, J. Soria 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-10, X. Cedeno 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 29, L. Avilan, J. Minaya, X. Cedeno 5, J. Gomez 2, J. Soria 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Narvaez homered to right center, Engel scored69
            Merrifield singled to right, Dozier scored, Escobar to third, Merrifield to second67
            Escobar safe at first on 3rd baseman Sanchez fielding error, Duda scored57
          • 7TH INNING
            Bonifacio doubled to deep left, Mondesi and Merrifield scored47
          • 6TH INNING
            Garcia homered to left center27
            Abreu homered to center26
          • 3RD INNING
            LaMarre singled to right, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second25
            Narvaez singled to left, Palka scored, Garcia to third24
            Bonifacio scored, Moustakas to second on wild pitch23
            Perez hit sacrifice fly to center, Merrifield scored, Bonifacio to third13
          • 1ST INNING
            Garcia doubled to left, Sanchez and Palka scored03
            Palka singled to left, Moncada scored, Sanchez to third, Palka to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joakim Soria relieved Jeanmar Gomez
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep center
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Xavier Cedeno relieved Juan Minaya
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda singled to shallow center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked, Duda to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to first, Duda to third, Dozier to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar safe at first on 3rd baseman Sanchez fielding error, Duda scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi flied out to right
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Xavier Cedeno
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to right, Dozier scored, Escobar to third, Merrifield to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jason Adam
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu flied out to left
            • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Palka doubled to right
            • Adam Engel ran for Daniel Palka
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia lined out to second
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez homered to right center, Engel scored
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon lined out to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to right, Mondesi to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio doubled to deep left, Mondesi and Merrifield scored
            • Luis Avilan relieved James Shields
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch
            • Juan Minaya relieved Luis Avilan
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tilson grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada flied out to left
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas lined out to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda flied out to deep center
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to center
            • Tim Hill relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Palka grounded out to first
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia homered to left center
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Anderson singled to center
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, LaMarre singled to center, LaMarre to second on center fielder Escobar fielding error
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tilson walked
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Tilson out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu singled to center
            • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Palka popped out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia flied out to left
            • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to deep right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio hit by pitch, Merrifield to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas safe at first on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error, Merrifield to third, Bonifacio to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez hit sacrifice fly to center, Merrifield scored, Bonifacio to third
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio scored, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Palka singled to left
            • L. Garcia: Garcia reached on bunt single to pitcher, Palka to second
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Palka to third, Garcia to second on wild pitch, Ball, Narvaez singled to left, Palka scored, Garcia to third
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • R. LaMarre: Foul, LaMarre singled to right, Garcia scored, Narvaez to second
            • C. Tilson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Tilson reached on fielder's choice to second, Narvaez to third, LaMarre out at second
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked, Tilson to second
            • Heath Fillmyer relieved Brad Keller
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to third
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon doubled to deep left, Duda to third
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Strike swinging, Ball, LaMarre grounded out to third
            • C. Tilson: Tilson lined out to center
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to right, Moncada to third
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield flied out to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked, Moncada to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu lined out to left
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Palka singled to left, Moncada scored, Sanchez to third, Palka to second
            • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia doubled to left, Sanchez and Palka scored
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second, Garcia to third
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)