Royals win on wild throw in 10th, beat White Sox 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A little bunt by Alcides Escobar paid off big for the Kansas City Royals.

White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez threw away Escobar's bunt in the 10th inning Monday night, giving the Royals a 4-3 win over Chicago.

Brian Goodwin led off the Kansas City 10th with a sharp double. Escobar followed with a sacrifice and Gomez (0-2) made a wild toss over third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, letting the speedy Goodwin score easily.

''Goodwin is a good runner, and he was safe anyway,'' Escobar said. ''If (Gomez) made a good throw, he was safe anyway.''

''I knew I needed to move the runner to third base, and I made a good bunt. The pitcher went to third base, and, game over.''

White Sox manager Rich Renteria wasn't so sure Goodwin would have been safe with a good throw.

''It looked like he recognized the play was available to him and he just got a little flustered, probably a little excited and just didn't make a very good throw,'' he said.

Jake Newberry (2-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to notch the win.

Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch from White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Ryan O'Hearn hit a solo homer in the sixth that made it 3-all - he connected against Chicago in his big league debut on July 31, and now has 10 home runs in 30 games.

''I'm not thinking about numbers or anything like that,'' O'Hearn said. ''I just go out there every day and try to have quality at-bats. The home runs keep piling up. Hopefully, I'll keep on going.''

Adam Engel and Daniel Palka each homered in the Chicago third against Jakob Junis.

''They were throwing me heaters the first AB and start of the second and I think they noticed me diving over the plate a little bit and missing,'' Palka said of his drive just inside the foul pole. ''I just kind of stayed back on the one I got. It was a pretty good pitch, just right where I was looking.''

Jose Abreu, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, had three hits for the White Sox. He was put on the DL on Aug. 22 following surgery for testicular torsion.

Junis went eight innings, allowing seven hits. He faced the minimum after giving up Palka's homer, and has a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts. He wasn't fazed by the rough third inning.

''We didn't really change our game plan,'' Junis said. ''We stayed aggressive, kept pounding the strike zone. We got some quick outs that way.''

Giolito pitched seven innings for his fifth quality start in his last six outings.

Merrifield hit his third leadoff homer this season and the Royals added another run in the second after a couple of unusual plays.

With a runner on second, Goodwin hit a slow dribbler up the third base line that appeared to be headed foul, but Sanchez touched the ball in fair territory and resulted in an infield hit. Escobar followed with a blooper to right field, and a run scored while Goodwin was thrown out at second.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones is close to returning from the 60-day disabled list. He has been on the DL since June 24 with a muscle strain in his arm.

Royals: Manager Ned Yost said that RHP Ian Kennedy has only the ''normal pitching soreness'' following his first appearance since June 23. Kennedy went six innings Sunday in Minnesota. He gave up one run on four hits. ... OF Brett Phillips, out since Sept. 5 with a bruised shoulder, took 30 swings off the tee. He said he can swing without pain, but the follow-through causes him to tighten up. There is no timetable for his return.

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2345678910RHE
CHW56-88
030000000381
KC48-95
100010001480
  • W: J. Newberry (2-0)L: J. Gomez (0-2)
  • HR: CHW - A. Engel (6), D. Palka (22), KC - W. Merrifield (12), R. O'Hearn (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40100010.225.303.393.6970.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40100011.251.318.381.6990.5
J. Abreu 1B41300000.276.334.493.8274.0
D. Palka RF41121023.238.285.475.7606.0
O. Narvaez DH40000013.274.364.415.779-0.5
N. Delmonico LF40000011.211.297.382.679-0.5
W. Castillo C40100000.245.281.417.6982.0
T. Anderson SS40000020.247.290.416.706-1.0
A. Engel CF41111000.234.273.339.6126.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41111002.301.365.436.8006.0
    A. Mondesi SS30000121.266.295.448.743-1.0
    A. Gordon LF40200011.241.322.361.6834.5
    H. Dozier DH40100012.233.284.397.6802.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B41111002.263.354.626.9806.0
    S. Perez C40100000.233.273.437.7101.0
    J. Bonifacio RF41000001.234.310.356.6661.0
    B. Goodwin CF41200010.245.339.391.7293.5
    A. Escobar 3B20010101.219.270.299.5692.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Castillo (6)
      • HR - D. Palka (22), A. Engel (6)
      • RBI - D. Palka 2 (57), A. Engel (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Palka 2 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Narvaez 2 (2), N. Delmonico
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (20), B. Goodwin (4)
      • 3B - H. Dozier (4)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (12), R. O'Hearn (10)
      • SH - A. Escobar (8)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (53), R. O'Hearn (24), A. Escobar (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Gordon (10)
      • CS - A. Mondesi (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Palka (3)
      • E - J. Gomez
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito7.06332325.761.4214.5
      J. Fry1.11000204.341.053.0
      J. Gomez (L, 0-2)0.21100004.821.39-6.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito7.0
      J. Fry1.1
      J. Gomez (L, 0-2)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis8.07330524.281.2319.5
      W. Peralta1.01000203.811.383.0
      J. Newberry (W, 2-0)1.00000103.121.3810.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis8.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      J. Newberry (W, 2-0)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Giolito (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 106-62, J. Fry 19-11, J. Gomez 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 13-4, J. Fry 1-0, J. Gomez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, J. Fry 4, J. Gomez 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-67, W. Peralta 16-11, J. Newberry 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 12-5
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, W. Peralta 4, J. Newberry 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      2345678910RHE
      CHW56-88
      030000000381
      KC48-95
      100010001480
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Moncada 2B40100010.225.303.393.6970.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B40100011.251.318.381.6990.5
      J. Abreu 1B41300000.276.334.493.8274.0
      D. Palka RF41121023.238.285.475.7606.0
      O. Narvaez DH40000013.274.364.415.779-0.5
      N. Delmonico LF40000011.211.297.382.679-0.5
      W. Castillo C40100000.245.281.417.6982.0
      T. Anderson SS40000020.247.290.416.706-1.0
      A. Engel CF41111000.234.273.339.6126.0
      Total363832088-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B41111002.301.365.436.8006.0
        A. Mondesi SS30000121.266.295.448.743-1.0
        A. Gordon LF40200011.241.322.361.6834.5
        H. Dozier DH40100012.233.284.397.6802.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B41111002.263.354.626.9806.0
        S. Perez C40100000.233.273.437.7101.0
        J. Bonifacio RF41000001.234.310.356.6661.0
        B. Goodwin CF41200010.245.339.391.7293.5
        A. Escobar 3B20010101.219.270.299.5692.0
        Total3348322510-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Castillo (6)
          • HR - D. Palka (22), A. Engel (6)
          • RBI - D. Palka 2 (57), A. Engel (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Palka 2 (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Narvaez 2 (2), N. Delmonico
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (20), B. Goodwin (4)
          • 3B - H. Dozier (4)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (12), R. O'Hearn (10)
          • SH - A. Escobar (8)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (53), R. O'Hearn (24), A. Escobar (29)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Gordon (10)
          • CS - A. Mondesi (5)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. Palka (3)
          • E - J. Gomez
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito7.06332325.761.4214.5
          J. Fry1.11000204.341.053.0
          J. Gomez (L, 0-2)0.21100004.821.39-6.0
          Total9.0843252---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito7.0
          J. Fry1.1
          J. Gomez (L, 0-2)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis8.07330524.281.2319.5
          W. Peralta1.01000203.811.383.0
          J. Newberry (W, 2-0)1.00000103.121.3810.5
          Total10.0833082---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis8.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          J. Newberry (W, 2-0)1.0
          Total10.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Giolito (9)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 106-62, J. Fry 19-11, J. Gomez 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 13-4, J. Fry 1-0, J. Gomez 2-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, J. Fry 4, J. Gomez 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 99-67, W. Peralta 16-11, J. Newberry 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 12-5
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, W. Peralta 4, J. Newberry 3
          • 10TH INNING
            Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Goodwin scored34
          • 6TH INNING
            O'Hearn homered to center33
          • 3RD INNING
            Palka homered to right, Abreu scored32
            Engel homered to center12
          • 2ND INNING
            Escobar reached on fielder's choice to right, Bonifacio scored, Goodwin out at second02
          • 1ST INNING
            Merrifield homered to left center01
          • 10TH INNING
            • Jake Newberry relieved Wily Peralta
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo flied out to deep right
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • A. Engel: Engel lined out to third
            • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gomez Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin doubled to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Goodwin scored
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu singled to left center
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez flied out to deep center
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Fry Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Jace Fry
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to deep left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Ball, Engel grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jace Fry relieved Lucas Giolito
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon out at second, Gordon caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico lined out to center
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Castillo flied out to right
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Goodwin fouled out to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu flied out to right
            • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn homered to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to first
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel grounded out to third
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada singled to deep right center
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop, Moncada out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded out to first, Escobar to second
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi flied out to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to second
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo popped out to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Engel homered to center
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Palka homered to right, Abreu scored
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier tripled to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Delmonico grounded out to second
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo doubled to deep center, Castillo out at third
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch, Goodwin reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bonifacio to third
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to right, Bonifacio scored, Goodwin out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to left center
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu singled to center, Sanchez to third
            • D. Palka: Foul, Palka popped out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield homered to left center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mondesi caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon doubled to left center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Gordon stole third, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)