Gordon's bat, Keller's arm lead Royals past White Sox, 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) In a dim season for the last-place Kansas City Royals, rookie Brad Keller has been one of the few bright spots.

Keller pitched five solid innings, Alex Gordon homered and Jorge Bonifacio had a go-ahead RBI single in the decisive sixth inning for the Royals, who rallied past the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Saturday night.

Nicky Delmonico homered in the second inning off Keller (6-5), driving a changeup over the right-center field fence. That was the only blemish against the 6-foot-5 right-hander, who allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked none.

''This was a battle game, honestly,'' said the 23-year-old Keller, who has the only winning record on the staff. ''I felt like I made my pitches. It was one of the games where you needed to keep the team in it.''

The Royals won for the third time in their past nine games. The White Sox had their win streak stopped at three.

Chicago had five hits combined in the fourth and fifth innings, but Keller got out of the jams.

''He did a great job of really limiting the damage,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He made huge pitches when he needed to.''

Dylan Covey (4-10) returned to the form he had displayed the first 2 1/2 months of the season but remained winless in five starts since July 21. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Covey entered the game with a 1-8 record and 8.94 ERA in his last 10 starts. He was 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA versus Kansas City in his career.

''Overall, I threw the ball pretty well,'' Covey said. ''Just the mistake to Gordon, and then even the pitch to Bonifacio was a pretty good pitch.''

After Whit Merrifield opened the game with a single, Covey didn't allow another hit until Gordon homered with one out in the sixth. One out later, Lucas Duda doubled and scored on Bonifacio's hit to left field.

Alcides Escobar provided an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Juan Minaya in the ninth.

''Keller did a good job of keeping us in the game,'' Gordon said. ''All we needed was a run to get us over.''

Five Royals relievers combined for four scoreless innings. The last, Wily Peralta, worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in as many tries.

HEAVEN HELP THEM

Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, of Marian Catholic High School in suburban Chicago Heights, dropped jaws with an impressive ceremonial first pitch.

''I said, `Can you play for us?''' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''She said, `Sure.' Seems to be a really nice lady.''

NEWBIE IN THE HOUSE

Kansas City promoted RHP Jake Newberry from Omaha and optioned RHP Jason Adam to the Triple-A club. The 37th-round draft pick from 2012 is in line to become the lowest-round selection to debut for the team since OF Jarrod Dyson (50th, 2010).

RHP Blaine Boyer cleared waivers and became a free agent. The veteran has a 12.05 ERA in 21 relief appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Brett Phillips (lower-body fatigue) returned to the lineup after a two-game absence.

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia will try to work through a balky right knee that's likely to require surgery after the season. ''He's just going to have to deal with it and continue to move forward. And I think he'll be able to,'' Renteria said. ... RHP Nate Jones (strained right arm) ''is throwing the ball well and feeling good,'' Renteria said, but there still is no timetable for his return. His last appearance came on June 12.

UP NEXT

Royals: Rookie RHP Heath Fillmyer (1-1, 3.61 ERA) will close out the series Sunday.

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.40) will take a 1.93 ERA in his last two home starts into the finale. He didn't figure in either decision.

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  • W: B. Keller (6-5)L: D. Covey (4-10)S: W. Peralta (8)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (8), CHW - N. Delmonico (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B50100022.302.371.420.7910.0
A. Gordon LF21111200.238.321.343.6648.0
S. Perez C40100022.238.276.438.7140.0
L. Duda 1B41100002.235.304.395.6993.0
J. Bonifacio RF31110100.209.298.343.6414.0
R. O'Hearn DH30000011.182.289.455.744-0.5
a- R. Herrera PH-DH10000001.247.290.333.6230.0
A. Mondesi SS30000101.261.282.420.7023.0
B. Phillips CF30000131.219.288.370.657-0.5
A. Escobar 3B40110000.208.260.288.5484.0
  • a-flied out for O'Hearn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40100022.219.302.391.6930.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40100012.248.304.388.6921.5
J. Abreu 1B40200002.269.327.489.8163.0
D. Palka DH40100021.238.280.480.7590.0
A. Garcia RF40000033.234.264.451.715-1.5
N. Delmonico LF31111123.229.322.388.7116.0
T. Anderson SS40000013.245.291.409.700-0.5
K. Smith C30100000.284.328.310.6381.0
a- L. Garcia PH10000000.279.310.392.7010.0
A. Engel CF30200011.223.269.325.5932.5
b- O. Narvaez PH10000010.276.366.422.788-0.5
  • a-flied out for Smith in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Engel in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Duda (10)
  • HR - A. Gordon (8)
  • RBI - A. Gordon (31), J. Bonifacio (12), A. Escobar (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio (6), A. Escobar (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), S. Perez, L. Duda 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, B. Phillips
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Sanchez (25), J. Abreu (35)
  • HR - N. Delmonico (5)
  • RBI - N. Delmonico (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 2 (2), J. Abreu 2 (2), N. Delmonico, T. Anderson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (16), A. Escobar (7)
  • Picked Off - W. Merrifield (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Engel (13)
  • CS - A. Engel (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller (W, 6-5)5.07110513.321.3516.5
B. Flynn (H, 3)0.20001104.111.65-0.5
K. McCarthy (H, 12)0.21000103.541.26-0.5
T. Hill (H, 11)0.20000204.951.321.0
B. Maurer (H, 2)1.01000308.572.333.5
W. Peralta (S, 8)1.00000103.481.2110.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller (W, 6-5)5.0
B. Flynn (H, 3)0.2
K. McCarthy (H, 12)0.2
T. Hill (H, 11)0.2
B. Maurer (H, 2)1.0
W. Peralta (S, 8)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Covey (L, 4-10)5.24223615.871.584.0
X. Cedeno1.10000103.001.333.5
J. Gomez0.21000106.301.60-0.5
L. Avilan1.00112003.621.390.0
J. Minaya0.11000004.441.82-1.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Covey (L, 4-10)5.2
X. Cedeno1.1
J. Gomez0.2
L. Avilan1.0
J. Minaya0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 94-64, B. Flynn 10-4, K. McCarthy 11-9, T. Hill 12-8, B. Maurer 18-13, W. Peralta 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-2, K. McCarthy 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 21, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 3, T. Hill 2, B. Maurer 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Covey (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 102-61, X. Cedeno 13-9, J. Gomez 9-7, L. Avilan 14-4, J. Minaya 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 9-1, X. Cedeno 3-0, J. Gomez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Covey 23, X. Cedeno 4, J. Gomez 3, L. Avilan 5, J. Minaya 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B50100022.302.371.420.7910.0
A. Gordon LF21111200.238.321.343.6648.0
S. Perez C40100022.238.276.438.7140.0
L. Duda 1B41100002.235.304.395.6993.0
J. Bonifacio RF31110100.209.298.343.6414.0
R. O'Hearn DH30000011.182.289.455.744-0.5
a- R. Herrera PH-DH10000001.247.290.333.6230.0
A. Mondesi SS30000101.261.282.420.7023.0
B. Phillips CF30000131.219.288.370.657-0.5
A. Escobar 3B40110000.208.260.288.5484.0
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  • a-flied out for O'Hearn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40100022.219.302.391.6930.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40100012.248.304.388.6921.5
J. Abreu 1B40200002.269.327.489.8163.0
D. Palka DH40100021.238.280.480.7590.0
A. Garcia RF40000033.234.264.451.715-1.5
N. Delmonico LF31111123.229.322.388.7116.0
T. Anderson SS40000013.245.291.409.700-0.5
K. Smith C30100000.284.328.310.6381.0
a- L. Garcia PH10000000.279.310.392.7010.0
A. Engel CF30200011.223.269.325.5932.5
b- O. Narvaez PH10000010.276.366.422.788-0.5
Total35191111317-----
  • a-flied out for Smith in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Engel in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Duda (10)
  • HR - A. Gordon (8)
  • RBI - A. Gordon (31), J. Bonifacio (12), A. Escobar (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio (6), A. Escobar (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), S. Perez, L. Duda 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, B. Phillips
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Sanchez (25), J. Abreu (35)
  • HR - N. Delmonico (5)
  • RBI - N. Delmonico (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Delmonico (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 2 (2), J. Abreu 2 (2), N. Delmonico, T. Anderson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (16), A. Escobar (7)
  • Picked Off - W. Merrifield (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Engel (13)
  • CS - A. Engel (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller (W, 6-5)5.07110513.321.3516.5
B. Flynn (H, 3)0.20001104.111.65-0.5
K. McCarthy (H, 12)0.21000103.541.26-0.5
T. Hill (H, 11)0.20000204.951.321.0
B. Maurer (H, 2)1.01000308.572.333.5
W. Peralta (S, 8)1.00000103.481.2110.5
Total9.09111131---
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller (W, 6-5)5.0
B. Flynn (H, 3)0.2
K. McCarthy (H, 12)0.2
T. Hill (H, 11)0.2
B. Maurer (H, 2)1.0
W. Peralta (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Covey (L, 4-10)5.24223615.871.584.0
X. Cedeno1.10000103.001.333.5
J. Gomez0.21000106.301.60-0.5
L. Avilan1.00112003.621.390.0
J. Minaya0.11000004.441.82-1.0
Total9.0633581---
PITCHERSIP
D. Covey (L, 4-10)5.2
X. Cedeno1.1
J. Gomez0.2
L. Avilan1.0
J. Minaya0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 94-64, B. Flynn 10-4, K. McCarthy 11-9, T. Hill 12-8, B. Maurer 18-13, W. Peralta 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-2, K. McCarthy 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 21, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 3, T. Hill 2, B. Maurer 4, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Covey (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 102-61, X. Cedeno 13-9, J. Gomez 9-7, L. Avilan 14-4, J. Minaya 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 9-1, X. Cedeno 3-0, J. Gomez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Covey 23, X. Cedeno 4, J. Gomez 3, L. Avilan 5, J. Minaya 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Escobar singled to right, Bonifacio scored, Phillips to third31
  • 6TH INNING
    Bonifacio singled to left, Duda scored, Bonifacio to second21
    Gordon homered to right11
  • 2ND INNING
    Delmonico homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • L. Avilan Pitching:
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Ryan O'Hearn
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to deep left
    • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Mondesi popped out to second
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked, Bonifacio to second
    • Juan Minaya relieved Luis Avilan
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to right, Bonifacio scored, Phillips to third
    • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Escobar stole second, Ball, Merrifield flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer
    • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
    • Leury Garcia hit for Kevan Smith
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
    • Omar Narvaez hit for Adam Engel
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Xavier Cedeno
    • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
    • A. Gordon: Strike (foul tip), Gordon grounded out to second
    • S. Perez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Perez singled to left
    • Luis Avilan relieved Jeanmar Gomez
    • L. Duda: Ball, Duda lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Maurer relieved Tim Hill
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu doubled to left center
    • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • X. Cedeno Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to third
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. McCarthy Pitching:
    • K. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smith singled to left
    • A. Engel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Engel struck out bunting foul
    • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon homered to right
    • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Duda: Ball, Duda doubled to deep right
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio singled to left, Duda scored, Bonifacio to second
    • Xavier Cedeno relieved Dylan Covey
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brian Flynn relieved Brad Keller
    • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to center
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
    • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brian Flynn
    • T. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Anderson grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • K. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to second
    • A. Engel: Foul, Engel singled to left
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Engel caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada singled to right center
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Sanchez doubled to shallow left, Moncada to third
    • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duda flied out to left
    • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to third
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Foul, Foul, Abreu reached on an infield single to third
    • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Palka singled to right center, Abreu to third
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Garcia struck out on foul tip
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
    • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
    • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Engel reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Engel stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to second
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi walked
    • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to first
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico homered to right center
    • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Covey Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to left
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Gordon walked
    • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)