Jorge Lopez shuts down Orioles as Royals roll, 9-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Meibrys Viloria trotted into the dugout after the sixth inning Sunday, and Royals manager Ned Yost told his recently recalled rookie catcher to help get pitcher Jorge Lopez through one more inning.

So when Viloria headed to the bench after the seventh, that task successfully complete, he plopped down and began to relax. Puzzled, Yost looked at him and asked, ''What are you doing?''

''You said,'' Viloria replied, ''get him through one more inning.''

Yost didn't mean Viloria's day was done, though. And when he went to bat in the eighth, Viloria came through with his first big league hit, a two-run double that put a nice cap on a game Lopez and the Royals dominated. The 9-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles wrapped up a three-game sweep of the only team in the majors with a worse record than Kansas City's own.

''It feels great,'' said Lopez, who allowed Jonathan Villar's home run in the first inning but little else while striking out a career-high eight. ''The defense was good and the offense has been hot.''

As for Viloria, the kid behind the plate who had just arrived from Class-A Wilmington?

''That kid's something special,'' Lopez said. ''Communication, the game plan, we were right on it.''

It was the first win for Lopez, who was part of the late-July deal with Milwaukee for third baseman Mike Moustakas, since Sept. 29, 2015, when he was still with the Brewers.

''That's why he was so well-thought-of and sought-after in trade,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''The things David (Hess) has done when he's successful, that young man did today.''

Alcides Escobar also had three hits and an RBI as Kansas City piled up 14 hits, its sixth straight game with at least 10 and the longest such streak since June 24-29, 2016.

Most of the damage came against Hess (3-9), who allowed five runs on nine hits and a trio of errors - all of which came after the Baltimore pitcher's own mistakes during a dreadful third inning.

The first error came with nobody out, when Hess threw the ball away trying to pick Merrifield off first base. Then, with two down, Hess tried to chase Jorge Bonifacio back to second and the ball squirreled away again. Bonifacio headed for third and second baseman Breyvic Valera tried to throw him out there, but the ball bounced away for yet another error that allowed Bonifacio to score.

''The toughest thing is giving them extra bases and extra outs to work with,'' Hess said. ''That's something that I've prided myself on throughout the minor leagues and up here as well. I've been able to field my position well and do what we need to do to keep guys honest out there.

''I mean, they beat me at that today,'' he said. ''It's something that we're going to learn from.''

STATS AND STREAKS

The Royals have won five straight, all in come-from-behind fashion, their best stretch since July 19-28, 2017. ... Merrifield reached base for a career-best 22nd straight game. He also stole his 30th base, matching Seattle's Dee Gordon for the AL lead. ... The Orioles were swept for the third time in four series. ... Baltimore has lost seven straight road games.

FIRST PITCH

Royals vice president Mike Swanson threw out the ceremonial first pitch to honor his 40 years in baseball. Swanson's mother, Betty, spent nearly four decades working for the Royals and Chiefs, while her son has worked for the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks along with his time in Kansas City.

CLOSER CONCERNS

Showalter said he will try several options in the closer role after Mychael Givens blew another save Saturday night. ''You've got to get people out, and pitch when you're asked and take advantage of the opportunity,'' Showalter said, ''including Mike and some other guys.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Pedro Araujo (right elbow strain) will not pitch again this season. He's been on the DL since June 11. ''He's going to be fine, I think, for next year,'' Showalter said, ''but I don't think he'll pitch in September. I don't see any of the feedback that fits that scenario.''

Royals: OF Jorge Soler (fractured left toe) experienced a setback in his rehab and will likely shut down for the remainder of the season, Yost said. Soler went on the DL on June 16, when he was hitting .265 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

UP NEXT

The Orioles head to Seattle for three games beginning Monday night, when LHP Josh Rogers (1-0, 5.40 ERA) is on the mound. The Royals begin a trip to Cleveland and Minnesota with RHP Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53) taking the hill against the Indians on Monday night.

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  • W: J. Lopez (1-4)L: D. Hess (3-9)
  • HR: BAL - J. Villar (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Rickard RF40200020.236.294.420.7143.0
J. Villar SS41111012.261.321.387.7085.5
T. Mancini 1B40100002.243.303.419.7221.0
C. Davis DH30200010.177.254.316.5701.5
J. Andreoli LF30000013.194.250.222.472-0.5
B. Valera 2B30000011.167.250.167.417-0.5
J. Peterson 3B20000010.203.313.320.633-0.5
a- R. Nunez PH-3B10000000.230.309.348.6570.0
C. Joseph C30000010.204.247.314.561-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Peterson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield DH51210013.312.377.448.8255.5
A. Gordon LF52310002.242.322.356.6787.0
H. Dozier 3B50210025.231.284.386.6715.0
R. O'Hearn 1B50000013.244.322.551.873-0.5
J. Bonifacio RF31210101.241.322.358.6806.0
R. Herrera 2B32000002.228.275.301.5773.0
B. Phillips CF41100031.200.264.345.6100.5
A. Escobar SS31310100.218.269.301.5706.0
M. Viloria C31120104.333.500.6671.1676.0
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Villar (11)
    • RBI - J. Villar (36)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, J. Andreoli 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Gordon (17), H. Dozier (13), J. Bonifacio (12), M. Viloria
    • 3B - H. Dozier (3)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (51), A. Gordon (36), H. Dozier (24), J. Bonifacio (14), A. Escobar (28), M. Viloria 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (10), H. Dozier (10), J. Bonifacio (7), A. Escobar (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, J. Bonifacio, M. Viloria 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Rickard (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (30)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Peterson-Valera-Mancini; Peterson-Valera-Mancini; Peterson-Mancini)
    • E - D. Hess 2 (3), B. Valera (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Herrera-O'Hearn; Herrera-Escobar-O'Hearn)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Hess (L, 3-9)4.09540305.271.41-4.5
    S. Gilmartin2.22002202.311.543.0
    M. Wright1.03441205.641.67-4.0
    T. Scott0.10000005.861.530.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Hess (L, 3-9)4.0
    S. Gilmartin2.2
    M. Wright1.0
    T. Scott0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lopez (W, 1-4)7.05110814.241.4929.0
    T. Hill1.00000104.701.363.5
    K. McCarthy1.01000103.361.252.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lopez (W, 1-4)7.0
    T. Hill1.0
    K. McCarthy1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Hess (2)
    • HBP - M. Wright (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 76-45, S. Gilmartin 40-22, M. Wright 32-20, T. Scott 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hess 5-4, S. Gilmartin 3-1, T. Scott 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Hess 21, S. Gilmartin 10, M. Wright 8, T. Scott
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 99-68, T. Hill 13-8, K. McCarthy 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 7-5, T. Hill 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 25, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Mullins CF40000020.278.342.486.828-1.0
    J. Rickard RF40200020.236.294.420.7143.0
    J. Villar SS41111012.261.321.387.7085.5
    T. Mancini 1B40100002.243.303.419.7221.0
    C. Davis DH30200010.177.254.316.5701.5
    J. Andreoli LF30000013.194.250.222.472-0.5
    B. Valera 2B30000011.167.250.167.417-0.5
    J. Peterson 3B20000010.203.313.320.633-0.5
    a- R. Nunez PH-3B10000000.230.309.348.6570.0
    C. Joseph C30000010.204.247.314.561-0.5
    Total3116110108-----
    • a-grounded out for Peterson in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield DH51210013.312.377.448.8255.5
    A. Gordon LF52310002.242.322.356.6787.0
    H. Dozier 3B50210025.231.284.386.6715.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B50000013.244.322.551.873-0.5
    J. Bonifacio RF31210101.241.322.358.6806.0
    R. Herrera 2B32000002.228.275.301.5773.0
    B. Phillips CF41100031.200.264.345.6100.5
    A. Escobar SS31310100.218.269.301.5706.0
    M. Viloria C31120104.333.500.6671.1676.0
    Total36914703721-----
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Villar (11)
      • RBI - J. Villar (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, J. Andreoli 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (17), H. Dozier (13), J. Bonifacio (12), M. Viloria
      • 3B - H. Dozier (3)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (51), A. Gordon (36), H. Dozier (24), J. Bonifacio (14), A. Escobar (28), M. Viloria 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (10), H. Dozier (10), J. Bonifacio (7), A. Escobar (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, J. Bonifacio, M. Viloria 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Rickard (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (30)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Peterson-Valera-Mancini; Peterson-Valera-Mancini; Peterson-Mancini)
      • E - D. Hess 2 (3), B. Valera (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Herrera-O'Hearn; Herrera-Escobar-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hess (L, 3-9)4.09540305.271.41-4.5
      S. Gilmartin2.22002202.311.543.0
      M. Wright1.03441205.641.67-4.0
      T. Scott0.10000005.861.530.0
      Total8.01498370---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hess (L, 3-9)4.0
      S. Gilmartin2.2
      M. Wright1.0
      T. Scott0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (W, 1-4)7.05110814.241.4929.0
      T. Hill1.00000104.701.363.5
      K. McCarthy1.01000103.361.252.5
      Total9.06110101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (W, 1-4)7.0
      T. Hill1.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Hess (2)
      • HBP - M. Wright (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hess 76-45, S. Gilmartin 40-22, M. Wright 32-20, T. Scott 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hess 5-4, S. Gilmartin 3-1, T. Scott 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Hess 21, S. Gilmartin 10, M. Wright 8, T. Scott
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 99-68, T. Hill 13-8, K. McCarthy 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 7-5, T. Hill 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 25, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Dozier tripled to left center, Gordon scored19
        Gordon doubled to left center, Viloria scored18
        Viloria doubled to deep right, Herrera and Escobar scored17
      • 4TH INNING
        Merrifield singled to left, Phillips scored, Escobar to third15
      • 3RD INNING
        Bonifacio scored on Hess throwing error14
        Bonifacio doubled to left center, Gordon scored13
        Merrifield scored, Gordon to second on Hess throwing error12
      • 2ND INNING
        Escobar singled to center, Herrera scored, Phillips to second11
      • 1ST INNING
        Villar homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to shortstop, Rickard out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Jorge Lopez
        • Renato Nunez hit for Jace Peterson
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Joseph: Strike swinging, Joseph lined out to left
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wright Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Herrera hit by pitch
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked, Herrera to second
        • M. Viloria: Viloria doubled to deep right, Herrera and Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon doubled to left center, Viloria scored
        • H. Dozier: Dozier tripled to left center, Gordon scored
        • Tanner Scott relieved Mike Wright
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis singled to center
        • J. Andreoli: Strike looking, Foul, Andreoli reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Davis out at second
        • B. Valera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valera lined out to second, Andreoli out at first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon popped out to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier doubled to deep center
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • Mike Wright relieved Sean Gilmartin
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins lined out to center
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rickard singled to right
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar flied out to left
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Rickard stole second, Mancini grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to right center
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Viloria walked, Escobar to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third, Escobar out at third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • B. Valera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Valera grounded out to second
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • C. Joseph: Strike swinging, Joseph grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sean Gilmartin relieved David Hess
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second, Bonifacio out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rickard struck out looking
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Villar lined out to center
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini singled to center
        • C. Davis: Ball, Davis singled to left, Mancini to third
        • J. Andreoli: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andreoli flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phillips struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to shallow right, Phillips to third
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Viloria grounded out to first, Escobar to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to left, Phillips scored, Escobar to third
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt to first, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Escobar out at home, Merrifield to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peterson grounded out to first
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mullins grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Merrifield stole second, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gordon singled to left, Merrifield to third
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Merrifield scored, Gordon to second on Hess throwing error, Strike looking, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to deep center, Gordon to third
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio doubled to left center, Gordon scored
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Bonifacio scored on Hess throwing error, Ball, Ball, Strike looking
        • B. Phillips: Phillips flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Andreoli: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Andreoli struck out looking
        • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Valera struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio singled to left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bonifacio out at second
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Phillips singled to center, Herrera to second
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to center, Herrera scored, Phillips to second
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Viloria grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Villar homered to left
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hess Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to left
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second, Gordon out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)