Gordon homers as Royals beat White Sox 10-5

CHICAGO (AP) Alex Gordon has never been much of a power hitter, so prolonged homer droughts don't bother him too much.

''I'm old. I don't have power anymore,'' the 34-year-old Gordon cracked. ''I don't worry about it. I'm at that stage of my career where I just want to win games, and that's all I care about.''

So Wednesday night was a good one.

Gordon hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 10-5 victory over the sloppy Chicago White Sox.

Gordon also walked and scored during Kansas City's five-run fifth. Brett Phillips added two hits and Ryan O'Hearn singled in a run in his second major league game as the last-place Royals posted consecutive wins for the first time since they won three in a row from July 20-22, matching their season high.

Jakob Junis (6-11) pitched 5 2/3 innings of four-run ball in his first win since May 18. The 24-year-old right-hander was 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in his previous 10 starts.

''It's tough. It's been a tough season the last two months,'' Junis said. ''But thankful I got out there tonight and pitched five good innings. Unfortunately the sixth got away from me a little bit. But my teammates picked me up.''

Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games. Yoan Moncada broke out of a slump with his fifth career leadoff homer, two hits and two walks, but he also committed one of two costly errors for the White Sox.

With one out and runners on first and second in the fifth, lumbering Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez hit a hard grounder to third. Yolmer Sanchez threw to second looking to start a double play, but the ball went off the top of Moncada's glove and into right field.

''The throw was off to his right a little bit and I think that it's elevated,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''He's got to secure the first out, and then if he still has a chance to turn the double play, he can.''

Whit Merrifield jogged home to make it 4-1 Royals. Lucas Duda, Rosell Herrera and Phillips followed with run-scoring hits, and a wild pitch brought home another run before Alcides Escobar lined to right for the final out of the inning.

Another error - this one on a bad throw by pitcher Dylan Covey (4-7) - helped set up Gordon's two-out, two-run double in the third. Covey was charged with seven runs, four earned, and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, dropping to 1-5 with an 8.89 ERA in his last six starts.

Covey said he thinks he has been overthrowing a bit.

''I know that when my ball is moving the best and when I'm locating it the best, I feel just free and easy on the mound,'' he said.

Gordon's drive to right off Tyler Danish made it 10-1 in the sixth. It was Gordon's first homer since July 10 and No. 7 on the year.

''I just like the way we're swinging the bats right now,'' manager Ned Yost said.

Junis, who is from Rock Hills, Illinois, about two hours west of Chicago, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three. He surrendered five homers in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to Chicago on April 26 in his first career appearance against the White Sox.

Junis was pulled after Leury Garcia's two-run single in the sixth. Garcia also had an RBI single in the eighth against Glenn Sparkman.

WORTH NOTING

The Royals scored in double digits for the seventh time this season. They have won five of their last seven against the White Sox after dropping the first five games in the season series.

UP NEXT

Royals right-hander Brad Keller (4-4, 3.43 ERA) and White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.57 ERA) pitch in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Keller, who turned 23 on Friday, has won each of his last two starts. Lopez is 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA in his last four games.

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KC34-73
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CHW37-70
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  • W: J. Junis (6-11)L: D. Covey (4-7)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (7), CHW - Y. Moncada (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield CF51100002.296.365.414.7794.0
A. Gordon LF42241100.243.315.355.67013.0
S. Perez C51100001.234.271.435.7063.0
L. Duda 1B41110101.236.310.395.7054.0
R. Herrera 3B41110100.274.313.385.6985.0
B. Phillips RF51210022.212.278.394.6724.0
R. O'Hearn DH40110122.286.444.7141.1592.0
A. Escobar SS31000102.195.247.265.5122.0
A. Mondesi 2B32100010.271.286.427.7132.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B32211211.229.311.411.7228.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B50100024.250.306.391.6971.0
    J. Abreu 1B32100101.260.324.459.7835.0
    D. Palka DH30010102.239.286.494.7802.0
    A. Garcia RF40000025.269.284.505.790-1.0
    L. Garcia CF40230000.283.309.399.7085.0
    N. Delmonico LF40000013.225.325.366.691-0.5
    T. Anderson SS40200010.244.293.404.6971.5
    K. Smith C41100001.307.352.337.6882.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (14), S. Perez (14), R. Herrera (8), B. Phillips
      • HR - A. Gordon (7)
      • SH - A. Mondesi
      • RBI - A. Gordon 4 (24), L. Duda (38), R. Herrera (14), B. Phillips (7), R. O'Hearn (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 2 (8), R. O'Hearn
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Sanchez (20), J. Abreu (31), T. Anderson (15)
      • HR - Y. Moncada (14)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (44), D. Palka (39), L. Garcia 3 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia 3 (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Y. Moncada (3), T. Anderson (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Covey-Smith-Abreu)
      • E - D. Covey (3), Y. Moncada (16)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 6-11)5.26443515.121.3511.5
      B. Flynn1.11000103.741.582.5
      G. Sparkman1.02110004.661.550.0
      B. Maurer1.000011011.402.602.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 6-11)5.2
      B. Flynn1.1
      G. Sparkman1.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 4-7)4.15743105.571.57-4.5
      X. Cedeno0.22110101.691.25-2.5
      T. Danish1.02222014.911.36-3.0
      T. Vieira1.21000107.710.862.5
      H. Santiago1.10000205.471.624.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 4-7)4.1
      X. Cedeno0.2
      T. Danish1.0
      T. Vieira1.2
      H. Santiago1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 83-52, B. Flynn 15-11, G. Sparkman 10-9, B. Maurer 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-6, B. Flynn 2-1, G. Sparkman 2-1, B. Maurer 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, B. Flynn 5, G. Sparkman 5, B. Maurer 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - X. Cedeno (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 83-45, X. Cedeno 16-9, T. Danish 27-14, T. Vieira 20-14, H. Santiago 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 8-5, T. Danish 1-2, T. Vieira 2-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 22, X. Cedeno 4, T. Danish 7, T. Vieira 6, H. Santiago 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC34-73
      00215200010100
      CHW37-70
      100003010592
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield CF51100002.296.365.414.7794.0
      A. Gordon LF42241100.243.315.355.67013.0
      S. Perez C51100001.234.271.435.7063.0
      L. Duda 1B41110101.236.310.395.7054.0
      R. Herrera 3B41110100.274.313.385.6985.0
      B. Phillips RF51210022.212.278.394.6724.0
      R. O'Hearn DH40110122.286.444.7141.1592.0
      A. Escobar SS31000102.195.247.265.5122.0
      A. Mondesi 2B32100010.271.286.427.7132.5
      Total371010815510-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Moncada 2B32211211.229.311.411.7228.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B50100024.250.306.391.6971.0
        J. Abreu 1B32100101.260.324.459.7835.0
        D. Palka DH30010102.239.286.494.7802.0
        A. Garcia RF40000025.269.284.505.790-1.0
        L. Garcia CF40230000.283.309.399.7085.0
        N. Delmonico LF40000013.225.325.366.691-0.5
        T. Anderson SS40200010.244.293.404.6971.5
        K. Smith C41100001.307.352.337.6882.0
        Total3459514717-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (14), S. Perez (14), R. Herrera (8), B. Phillips
          • HR - A. Gordon (7)
          • SH - A. Mondesi
          • RBI - A. Gordon 4 (24), L. Duda (38), R. Herrera (14), B. Phillips (7), R. O'Hearn (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 2 (8), R. O'Hearn
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Sanchez (20), J. Abreu (31), T. Anderson (15)
          • HR - Y. Moncada (14)
          • RBI - Y. Moncada (44), D. Palka (39), L. Garcia 3 (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia 3 (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (24)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - Y. Moncada (3), T. Anderson (7)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Covey-Smith-Abreu)
          • E - D. Covey (3), Y. Moncada (16)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 6-11)5.26443515.121.3511.5
          B. Flynn1.11000103.741.582.5
          G. Sparkman1.02110004.661.550.0
          B. Maurer1.000011011.402.602.5
          Total9.0955471---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 6-11)5.2
          B. Flynn1.1
          G. Sparkman1.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Covey (L, 4-7)4.15743105.571.57-4.5
          X. Cedeno0.22110101.691.25-2.5
          T. Danish1.02222014.911.36-3.0
          T. Vieira1.21000107.710.862.5
          H. Santiago1.10000205.471.624.0
          Total9.010107551---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Covey (L, 4-7)4.1
          X. Cedeno0.2
          T. Danish1.0
          T. Vieira1.2
          H. Santiago1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 83-52, B. Flynn 15-11, G. Sparkman 10-9, B. Maurer 20-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-6, B. Flynn 2-1, G. Sparkman 2-1, B. Maurer 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, B. Flynn 5, G. Sparkman 5, B. Maurer 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - X. Cedeno (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 83-45, X. Cedeno 16-9, T. Danish 27-14, T. Vieira 20-14, H. Santiago 22-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 8-5, T. Danish 1-2, T. Vieira 2-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Covey 22, X. Cedeno 4, T. Danish 7, T. Vieira 6, H. Santiago 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Garcia singled to left center, Abreu scored105
          • 6TH INNING
            Garcia singled to center, Moncada and Abreu scored, Palka to second104
            Palka walked, Smith scored, Moncada to third, Abreu to second102
            Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored101
          • 5TH INNING
            Herrera scored, Phillips to second on wild pitch81
            Phillips singled to right, Duda scored, Herrera to third71
            Herrera doubled to deep left, Perez scored, Duda to third61
            Duda singled to left, Gordon scored, Perez to second51
            Perez reached on fielder's choice to third, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error41
          • 4TH INNING
            O'Hearn singled to left center, Phillips scored, O'Hearn to second31
          • 3RD INNING
            Gordon doubled to left center, Escobar and Mondesi scored21
          • 1ST INNING
            Moncada homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • H. Santiago Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera flied out to center
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Vieira Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to center
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez doubled to deep left
            • Hector Santiago relieved Thyago Vieira
            • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Duda flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Brian Flynn
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Abreu doubled to deep center
            • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Palka grounded out to third, Abreu to third
            • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to second
            • L. Garcia: Garcia singled to left center, Abreu scored
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Thyago Vieira relieved Tyler Danish
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson doubled to deep left
            • K. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop, Anderson to third
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Tyler Danish relieved Xavier Cedeno
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Merrifield flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to left
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera walked, Duda to second
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phillips grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Foul, Ball, Smith singled to center
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked, Smith to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked, Smith to third, Moncada to second
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Palka walked, Smith scored, Moncada to third, Abreu to second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to center, Moncada and Abreu scored, Palka to second
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Delmonico lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon walked
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez reached on fielder's choice to third, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
            • L. Duda: Duda singled to left, Gordon scored, Perez to second
            • Xavier Cedeno relieved Dylan Covey
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera doubled to deep left, Perez scored, Duda to third
            • B. Phillips: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Phillips singled to right, Duda scored, Herrera to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Herrera scored, Phillips to second on wild pitch, Escobar lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico grounded out to first
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda flied out to deep center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips doubled to left center
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn singled to left center, Phillips scored, O'Hearn to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Abreu lined out to center
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Palka flied out to right
            • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, O'Hearn to second
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, O'Hearn to third, Escobar to second on Covey throwing error
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, O'Hearn out at home, Escobar to third, Mondesi to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon doubled to left center, Escobar and Mondesi scored
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada singled to right center
            • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda lined out to left
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to first
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Anderson reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Anderson caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep right
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada homered to right
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez doubled to deep right
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu popped out to second
            • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to first, Sanchez to third
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)