Abreu, Palka homer as White Sox rally to top Royals 6-4

CHICAGO (AP) In a matchup of teams on track to both lose 100 or more games, the White Sox avoided getting swept in a three-game series.

Jose Abreu hit a tying home run off Jason Adam in the eighth and pinch-hitter Daniel Palka had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel later in the inning, leading Chicago over the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Thursday.

Kansas City overcame a 2-0 deficit when pinch-hitter Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Xavier Cedeno (1-0), but Abreu homered with one out in the bottom half against Adam (0-3). Abreu's 141st big league homer moved him ahead of Ron Kittle into sole possession of 10th on the White Sox career list.

Avisail Garcia doubled, Omar Narvaez was intentionally walked and Hammel relieved. Palka drove a hanging slider a half-dozen rows in the right-centerfield bleachers. He tied the White Sox record of three pinch homers in one season, set by Oscar Gamble in 1977.

''I wanted to hit a home run,'' Palka said of his mindset.

Rosell Herrera hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Luis Avilan, who got his first save in seven major league seasons.

Chicago (38-70) won for the second time in eight games. Kansas City (34-74) had been seeking its first three-game sweep at the White Sox since June 13-15, 2014.

White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings, leaving with a 2-0 lead after Alcides Escobar doubled leading off the eighth and Adalberto Mondesi reached on a bunt single.

Jace Fry struck out Alex Gordon, Mondesi stole second, and Juan Minaya struck out Salvador Perez. Merrifield greeted Cedeno with his first big league pinch-hit homer.

Lopez had been 0-4 with an 8.27 ERA in his prior four starts.

''I felt good. I felt in command of all my pitches. I was focused today,'' Lopez said.

Royals rookie Brad Keller gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Narvaez, who has 17 hits in 10 RBIs in his last 12 games, had a run-scoring single in the fourth. Tim Anderson had an RBI double in the seventh off Tim Hill.

''Did a phenomenal job keeping us in the game,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (strained right arm) played catch for the first time in two weeks. ... C Kevan Smith could to begin paternity leave Friday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (7-8, 6.26) is to start Friday at Tampa Bay.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 3.29) is to open Friday at Minnesota.

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KC34-74
000000031470
CHW38-70
00010014X690
  • W: X. Cedeno (1-0)L: J. Adam (0-3)S: L. Avilan (1)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (6), CHW - J. Abreu (17), D. Palka (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Mondesi 2B41100013.270.284.420.7043.5
A. Gordon LF30000112.241.314.351.6660.5
S. Perez C40000013.231.268.430.698-0.5
L. Duda DH30100001.237.311.394.7051.0
a- W. Merrifield PH-DH11131000.297.367.423.7898.0
J. Bonifacio RF40000002.207.298.348.6460.0
B. Phillips CF41100020.216.275.405.6802.0
H. Dozier 3B40100001.208.268.340.6081.0
R. O'Hearn 1B20000100.222.417.556.9721.0
b- R. Herrera PH00010000.267.303.378.6811.0
A. Escobar SS41200012.198.250.270.5203.5
  • a-homered for Duda in the 8th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for O'Hearn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40000043.226.308.407.715-2.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40000010.248.303.388.690-0.5
J. Abreu 1B42211010.263.325.470.7958.5
A. Garcia RF41200010.274.289.511.7993.5
O. Narvaez C22110200.287.361.431.7926.0
M. Davidson DH30000033.224.329.451.780-1.5
a- D. Palka PH-DH11131000.242.288.508.7978.0
L. Garcia CF-LF30100100.283.312.403.7153.0
N. Delmonico LF10100100.231.333.371.7041.0
b- A. Engel PH-CF20000022.224.275.307.582-1.0
T. Anderson SS30110000.245.293.406.6993.0
  • a-homered for Davidson in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Delmonico in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Phillips (2), A. Escobar (13)
  • HR - W. Merrifield (6)
  • SF - R. Herrera (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (35), R. Herrera (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (18)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Abreu (32), A. Garcia (7), L. Garcia (7), T. Anderson (16)
  • HR - J. Abreu (17), D. Palka (16)
  • RBI - J. Abreu (60), O. Narvaez (20), D. Palka 3 (42), T. Anderson (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (9), T. Anderson (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - N. Delmonico (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips
  • DP - (Phillips-Perez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller6.15223903.391.3615.5
T. Hill0.21000205.461.470.0
J. Adam (L, 0-3) (BS, 1)0.12331015.811.41-11.0
J. Hammel0.21110116.001.60-1.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller6.1
T. Hill0.2
J. Adam (L, 0-3) (BS, 1)0.1
J. Hammel0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Lopez7.05222404.471.3717.0
J. Fry (H, 11)0.10000104.320.990.5
J. Minaya (H, 5)0.10000104.291.860.5
X. Cedeno (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)0.12220012.761.353.0
J. Gomez (H, 4)0.10000006.231.380.0
L. Avilan (S, 1)0.20000003.691.267.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Lopez7.0
J. Fry (H, 11)0.1
J. Minaya (H, 5)0.1
X. Cedeno (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)0.1
J. Gomez (H, 4)0.1
L. Avilan (S, 1)0.2
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Adam
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 104-64, T. Hill 11-8, J. Adam 9-7, J. Hammel 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 3-5
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 25, T. Hill 3, J. Adam 4, J. Hammel 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 94-60, J. Fry 6-4, J. Minaya 3-3, X. Cedeno 9-5, J. Gomez 1-1, L. Avilan 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 7-10, L. Avilan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 28, J. Fry, J. Minaya, X. Cedeno 3, J. Gomez, L. Avilan 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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KC34-74
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CHW38-70
00010014X690
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Mondesi 2B41100013.270.284.420.7043.5
A. Gordon LF30000112.241.314.351.6660.5
S. Perez C40000013.231.268.430.698-0.5
L. Duda DH30100001.237.311.394.7051.0
a- W. Merrifield PH-DH11131000.297.367.423.7898.0
J. Bonifacio RF40000002.207.298.348.6460.0
B. Phillips CF41100020.216.275.405.6802.0
H. Dozier 3B40100001.208.268.340.6081.0
R. O'Hearn 1B20000100.222.417.556.9721.0
b- R. Herrera PH00010000.267.303.378.6811.0
A. Escobar SS41200012.198.250.270.5203.5
Total3347412614-----
  • a-homered for Duda in the 8th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for O'Hearn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40000043.226.308.407.715-2.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40000010.248.303.388.690-0.5
J. Abreu 1B42211010.263.325.470.7958.5
A. Garcia RF41200010.274.289.511.7993.5
O. Narvaez C22110200.287.361.431.7926.0
M. Davidson DH30000033.224.329.451.780-1.5
a- D. Palka PH-DH11131000.242.288.508.7978.0
L. Garcia CF-LF30100100.283.312.403.7153.0
N. Delmonico LF10100100.231.333.371.7041.0
b- A. Engel PH-CF20000022.224.275.307.582-1.0
T. Anderson SS30110000.245.293.406.6993.0
Total3169624128-----
HITTERSAB
Y. Moncada 2B4
Y. Sanchez 3B4
J. Abreu 1B4
A. Garcia RF4
O. Narvaez C2
M. Davidson DH3
a- D. Palka PH-DH1
L. Garcia CF-LF3
N. Delmonico LF1
b- A. Engel PH-CF2
T. Anderson SS3
Total31
  • a-homered for Davidson in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Delmonico in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Phillips (2), A. Escobar (13)
  • HR - W. Merrifield (6)
  • SF - R. Herrera (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (35), R. Herrera (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (18)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Abreu (32), A. Garcia (7), L. Garcia (7), T. Anderson (16)
  • HR - J. Abreu (17), D. Palka (16)
  • RBI - J. Abreu (60), O. Narvaez (20), D. Palka 3 (42), T. Anderson (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (9), T. Anderson (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - N. Delmonico (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips
  • DP - (Phillips-Perez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller6.15223903.391.3615.5
T. Hill0.21000205.461.470.0
J. Adam (L, 0-3) (BS, 1)0.12331015.811.41-11.0
J. Hammel0.21110116.001.60-1.5
Total8.09664122---
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller6.1
T. Hill0.2
J. Adam (L, 0-3) (BS, 1)0.1
J. Hammel0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Lopez7.05222404.471.3717.0
J. Fry (H, 11)0.10000104.320.990.5
J. Minaya (H, 5)0.10000104.291.860.5
X. Cedeno (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)0.12220012.761.353.0
J. Gomez (H, 4)0.10000006.231.380.0
L. Avilan (S, 1)0.20000003.691.267.0
Total9.0744261---
PITCHERSIP
R. Lopez7.0
J. Fry (H, 11)0.1
J. Minaya (H, 5)0.1
X. Cedeno (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)0.1
J. Gomez (H, 4)0.1
L. Avilan (S, 1)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Adam
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 104-64, T. Hill 11-8, J. Adam 9-7, J. Hammel 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 3-5
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 25, T. Hill 3, J. Adam 4, J. Hammel 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 94-60, J. Fry 6-4, J. Minaya 3-3, X. Cedeno 9-5, J. Gomez 1-1, L. Avilan 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 7-10, L. Avilan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 28, J. Fry, J. Minaya, X. Cedeno 3, J. Gomez, L. Avilan 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Herrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Phillips scored46
  • 8TH INNING
    Palka homered to right, Garcia and Narvaez scored36
    Abreu homered to center33
    Merrifield homered to center, Escobar and Mondesi scored32
  • 7TH INNING
    Anderson doubled to deep left, Narvaez scored, Garcia to third02
  • 4TH INNING
    Narvaez singled to right, Abreu scored, Garcia to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • X. Cedeno Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Phillips doubled to left
    • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Xavier Cedeno
    • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to left, Phillips to third
    • Luis Avilan relieved Jeanmar Gomez
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Ryan O'Hearn
    • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Phillips scored
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar doubled to left center
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi reached on bunt single to pitcher, Escobar to third
    • Jace Fry relieved Reynaldo Lopez
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • Juan Minaya relieved Jace Fry
    • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Mondesi stole second, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Xavier Cedeno relieved Juan Minaya
    • Whit Merrifield hit for Lucas Duda
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield homered to center, Escobar and Mondesi scored
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez flied out to center
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu homered to center
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia doubled to deep left
    • O. Narvaez: Narvaez intentionally walked
    • Jason Hammel relieved Jason Adam
    • Daniel Palka hit for Matt Davidson
    • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Palka homered to right, Garcia and Narvaez scored
    • L. Garcia: Garcia flied out to left
    • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Engel struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Narvaez walked
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked, Narvaez to second
    • Tim Hill relieved Brad Keller
    • Adam Engel hit for Nicky Delmonico
    • A. Engel: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson doubled to deep left, Narvaez scored, Garcia to third
    • Y. Moncada: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
    • S. Perez: Perez popped out to second
    • L. Duda: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Duda flied out to deep left
    • J. Bonifacio: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to shallow center
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier singled to right
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Dozier to second
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia doubled to left
    • N. Delmonico: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Delmonico singled to right, Garcia to third
    • T. Anderson: Anderson flied into double play center to catcher, Garcia out at home, Delmonico to second
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to third
    • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Duda: Ball, Duda singled to left center
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu doubled to deep left
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Abreu to third
    • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to right, Abreu scored, Garcia to second
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
    • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left center
    • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Garcia lined out to shortstop
    • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Delmonico caught stealing, catcher to second, Anderson flied out to deep right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Duda lined out to left
    • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio popped out to first
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Phillips popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez lined out to center
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Mondesi struck out on foul tip
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)