Merrifield's 2-run shot gives Royals 5-4 win over O's

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Whit Merrifield had never hit a game-ending home run - not in middle school, high school, college or as a pro - so he tried to admire his shot into the seats Saturday night.

The only problem? First base coach Mitch Maier wasn't sure it was gone.

''I heard him yell, `Run! Run! Run!'' Merrifield said, so he took off running.

His two-run shot with one out in the ninth inning was plenty deep, though, landing in the outfield seats and giving the Kansas City Royals a back-and-forth 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

''I'm going to have to get Mitch back for that,'' Merrifield said with a smile.

The Orioles took the lead in the top of the ninth, when Trey Mancini homered to lead off and Tim Beckham added a two-run double for his fourth hit of the night. But when Mychael Givens (0-7) came on to close things out, he promptly walked Brett Phillips on four pitches to start the inning.

Cam Gallagher sacrificed Phillips to second, and Merrifield cracked a 0-2 pitch an estimated 415 feet to left field, giving the young Royals their sixth win in seven games this homestand.

It's their best seven-game stretch since July 2017, and includes the first two games in this three-game series between the worst two teams in the major leagues.

''I think it gives us confidence,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When your players have confidence, it gives us confidence too. You can see it in their faces that they continue to gain confidence.''

The Royals' Jason Hammel squandered another solid start by Heath Fillmyer, though that's hardly new. The 24-year-old Fillmyer allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out six, yet was stuck with his sixth no-decision in his last eight starts.

Jake Newberry (1-0) wound up earning his first big league win in relief.

''Pretty cool,'' he said, ''to get it on a walk-off homer.''

The Orioles took an early lead on John Andreoli's sacrifice fly and Beckham's homer on a 3-1 pitch from Fillmyer. But the Royals answered in the bottom of the fourth when Phillips hit his second homer of the season - the 35th allowed by Dylan Bundy, tying an Orioles single-season record.

Kansas City pulled even in the sixth on Brian Goodwin's base hit, then took the lead when Rosell Herrera shrugged off a 3-for-31 slump with an RBI single.

The game went back-and-forth one more time after that.

''It's just closing. There's pressure in different situations. There's finality in that inning,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of their fateful ninth. ''It's a great job if you're good at it.''

BUNDY IS BETTER

Bundy wound up allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out eight in his best performance in about three weeks. ''Yeah, I thought so too,'' he said. ''Still got room to improve, obviously, but the breaking pitches were a little bit sharper.''

MINOR LEAGUE DEAL

The Royals announced a two-year extension with Idaho Falls to remain their rookie-level farm club in the Pioneer League. Eleven current members of the big league club played for the Chukars.

ROYALS MOVES

The Royals, who traded C Drew Butera to Colorado on Friday, recalled C Meibrys Viloria from Class-A Wilmington. C Salvador Perez has been dealing with a sprained thumb, and Cam Gallagher is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster. Viloria was hitting .260 with six homers at Wilmington.

ORIOLES MOVES

Baltimore recalled INF Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk, and he'll join the club in time for Sunday's game. Valera appeared in one game with the Orioles last month, going 1 for 4, after arriving as part of the July 18 trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF/DH Mark Trumbo (right knee inflammation) will have arthroscopic surgery in Baltimore, manager Buck Showalter said. It is expected to take place Thursday or Friday.

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund (sprained UCL) was due to make a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Saturday night. Skoglund (1-5, 6.70 ERA) has been out since late May.

UP NEXT

RHP Jorge Lopez (0-3, 7.90 ERA), part of a late-July trade with Milwaukee, tries again for his first win for the Royals when he faces Orioles RHP David Hess (3-8, 5.08) in the series finale Sunday.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
BAL40-96
0101000204131
KC44-91
0001020025100
  • W: J. Newberry (1-0)L: M. Givens (0-7)
  • HR: BAL - T. Beckham (10), T. Mancini (21), KC - W. Merrifield (11), B. Phillips (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF50000013.294.360.515.875-0.5
J. Villar 2B50100010.261.322.380.7022.5
T. Mancini DH41211011.243.304.420.7246.5
A. Jones RF41200012.286.319.431.7502.5
C. Davis 1B41100022.173.251.314.5651.0
T. Beckham SS41421000.227.283.372.65511.0
R. Nunez 3B40100002.231.311.350.6611.0
J. Andreoli LF20010111.212.270.242.5131.5
A. Wynns C40200002.267.295.413.7082.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield LF51221022.311.377.449.8267.0
    A. Gordon DH40000011.238.319.350.669-0.5
    H. Dozier 3B40100021.228.282.375.6570.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B31100111.260.341.589.9312.5
    A. Mondesi SS40000013.266.287.444.731-0.5
    B. Goodwin CF41310000.267.356.433.7896.0
    R. Herrera 2B40110002.231.276.306.5814.0
    B. Phillips RF32211101.198.265.349.61412.0
    C. Gallagher C30000014.233.281.400.681-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (15)
      • HR - T. Mancini (21), T. Beckham (10)
      • SF - J. Andreoli
      • RBI - T. Mancini (50), T. Beckham 2 (29), J. Andreoli
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins 2 (2), A. Jones 2 (2), C. Davis, J. Andreoli
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Goodwin (3), B. Phillips (4)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (11), B. Phillips (2)
      • SH - C. Gallagher
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (50), B. Goodwin (17), R. Herrera (18), B. Phillips (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, A. Mondesi 2 (2), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar (23)
      • Picked Off - C. Mullins
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Herrera (2), B. Phillips
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Villar-Beckham-Davis)
      • E - D. Bundy
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Dozier-Herrera-O'Hearn; Mondesi-Herrera-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy5.18331815.361.407.0
      M. Castro1.20000004.181.463.0
      P. Fry (H, 7)1.01000002.841.222.0
      M. Givens (L, 0-7) (BS, 4)0.11221014.761.41-9.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy5.1
      M. Castro1.2
      P. Fry (H, 7)1.0
      M. Givens (L, 0-7) (BS, 4)0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer7.09221614.011.3915.0
      J. Hammel (BS, 2)1.03220116.021.62-1.5
      J. Newberry (W, 1-0)1.01000003.181.419.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer7.0
      J. Hammel (BS, 2)1.0
      J. Newberry (W, 1-0)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 101-71, M. Castro 22-12, P. Fry 17-10, M. Givens 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-5, M. Castro 2-3, P. Fry 2-0, M. Givens 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, M. Castro 5, P. Fry 3, M. Givens 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 100-65, J. Hammel 15-12, J. Newberry 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 7-6, J. Hammel 1-1, J. Newberry 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 29, J. Hammel 6, J. Newberry 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      BAL40-96
      0101000204131
      KC44-91
      0001020025100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Mullins CF50000013.294.360.515.875-0.5
      J. Villar 2B50100010.261.322.380.7022.5
      T. Mancini DH41211011.243.304.420.7246.5
      A. Jones RF41200012.286.319.431.7502.5
      C. Davis 1B41100022.173.251.314.5651.0
      T. Beckham SS41421000.227.283.372.65511.0
      R. Nunez 3B40100002.231.311.350.6611.0
      J. Andreoli LF20010111.212.270.242.5131.5
      A. Wynns C40200002.267.295.413.7082.0
      Total36413421713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield LF51221022.311.377.449.8267.0
        A. Gordon DH40000011.238.319.350.669-0.5
        H. Dozier 3B40100021.228.282.375.6570.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B31100111.260.341.589.9312.5
        A. Mondesi SS40000013.266.287.444.731-0.5
        B. Goodwin CF41310000.267.356.433.7896.0
        R. Herrera 2B40110002.231.276.306.5814.0
        B. Phillips RF32211101.198.265.349.61412.0
        C. Gallagher C30000014.233.281.400.681-0.5
        Total34510522815-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Beckham (15)
          • HR - T. Mancini (21), T. Beckham (10)
          • SF - J. Andreoli
          • RBI - T. Mancini (50), T. Beckham 2 (29), J. Andreoli
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins 2 (2), A. Jones 2 (2), C. Davis, J. Andreoli
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Goodwin (3), B. Phillips (4)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (11), B. Phillips (2)
          • SH - C. Gallagher
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (50), B. Goodwin (17), R. Herrera (18), B. Phillips (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, A. Mondesi 2 (2), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Villar (23)
          • Picked Off - C. Mullins
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Herrera (2), B. Phillips
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Villar-Beckham-Davis)
          • E - D. Bundy
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Dozier-Herrera-O'Hearn; Mondesi-Herrera-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Bundy5.18331815.361.407.0
          M. Castro1.20000004.181.463.0
          P. Fry (H, 7)1.01000002.841.222.0
          M. Givens (L, 0-7) (BS, 4)0.11221014.761.41-9.0
          Total8.11055282---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Bundy5.1
          M. Castro1.2
          P. Fry (H, 7)1.0
          M. Givens (L, 0-7) (BS, 4)0.1
          Total8.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Fillmyer7.09221614.011.3915.0
          J. Hammel (BS, 2)1.03220116.021.62-1.5
          J. Newberry (W, 1-0)1.01000003.181.419.0
          Total9.01344172---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Fillmyer7.0
          J. Hammel (BS, 2)1.0
          J. Newberry (W, 1-0)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 101-71, M. Castro 22-12, P. Fry 17-10, M. Givens 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-5, M. Castro 2-3, P. Fry 2-0, M. Givens 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, M. Castro 5, P. Fry 3, M. Givens 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 100-65, J. Hammel 15-12, J. Newberry 16-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 7-6, J. Hammel 1-1, J. Newberry 1-1
          • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 29, J. Hammel 6, J. Newberry 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Merrifield homered to left center, Phillips scored45
          • 8TH INNING
            Beckham doubled to deep left, Jones scored43
            Mancini homered to left33
          • 6TH INNING
            Herrera singled to center, Goodwin scored23
            Goodwin doubled to deep center, O'Hearn scored22
          • 4TH INNING
            Phillips homered to center21
            Beckham homered to center20
          • 2ND INNING
            Andreoli hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jake Newberry relieved Jason Hammel
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wynns singled to center
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mullins reached on fielder's choice to first, Wynns out at second
            • J. Villar: Mullins picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Mychal Givens relieved Paul Fry
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked
            • C. Gallagher: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gallagher hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Phillips to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield homered to left center, Phillips scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jason Hammel relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini homered to left
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to right
            • C. Davis: Davis lined out to right
            • T. Beckham: Beckham doubled to deep left, Jones scored
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to shortstop, Beckham to third
            • J. Andreoli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andreoli struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Paul Fry relieved Miguel Castro
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to third
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Goodwin singled to center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to shortstop, Goodwin out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • A. Wynns: Ball, Wynns grounded out to second
            • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
            • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to right
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Beckham reached on an infield single to third
            • R. Nunez: Foul, Nunez grounded out to second, Beckham out at second
            • J. Andreoli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andreoli flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mondesi flied out to center
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin doubled to deep center, O'Hearn scored
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to center, Goodwin scored
            • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Phillips safe at first on Bundy fielding error, Herrera to second
            • Miguel Castro relieved Dylan Bundy
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Herrera stole third Phillips stole second,, Ball, Gallagher fouled out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to second
            • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones reached on an infield single to third
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Merrifield struck out on foul tip
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham homered to center
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Andreoli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andreoli walked
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Wynns singled to right center, Andreoli to third
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins lined out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin fouled out to left
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Phillips homered to center
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins grounded out to second
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar singled to center
            • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Villar stole second, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier singled to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, O'Hearn singled to right, Dozier to third
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis singled to left
            • T. Beckham: Beckham singled to right, Davis to second
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez singled to right, Davis to third, Beckham to second
            • J. Andreoli: Strike looking, Andreoli hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored
            • A. Wynns: Ball, Wynns grounded out to second, Nunez out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin singled to center
            • R. Herrera: Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goodwin out at second
            • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Phillips doubled to right, Herrera to third
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gallagher flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mullins grounded out to second
            • J. Villar: Foul, Villar popped out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Mancini reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gordon grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)