Keller shuts down White Sox in Royals' 6-3 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brad Keller had another effective outing to keep up his impressive rookie season.

Keller pitched seven strong innings to win for the fourth time in six starts, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

''He kind of struggled with his mechanics a little bit early, but he's a kid who doesn't give in,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He comes right at you with good stuff. ... He got pitches to get outs when he needed to.''

Keller (8-6) gave up one run and four hits and two walks while striking out six. He is 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his last six starts, lowering his ERA to 3.04 - leading all AL rookies.

Yost isn't quite ready to talk about Keller in the Rookie Of The Year discussion, but it's not too far from his mind.

''I haven't paid attention to who his competition will be,'' he said. ''I'm very proud and pleased with the year that he's put together. ... He's only going to get better.''

Keller says it's an honor to be in the discussion of top rookies, but it's not his focus.

''I don't really look at that,'' Keller said. ''I just try to go out and help the team win. It's just cool to be in the talks, but that doesn't matter.''

Whit Merrifield had two hits, two RBIs, and scored two runs for the Royals. He also stole two bases to increase his American League lead to 33 steals, including a league-best 12 of third base.

The aggressiveness on the basepaths, especially since the All-Star break, has been key in the Royals starting to play better at home. They have 47 steals in 48 games since the break.

''We have to force the issue at times,'' Merrifield said, ''be aggressive and good things happen.''

Wily Peralta picked up his 10th save in 10 chances, despite walking two in 1/3 of an inning.

The Royals have won a season-high seven straight at home - and 10 of 11. After starting 11-35 at home before the All-Star break, the Royals are 16-10 since the break. They need to win three of their final nine games to avoid tying the franchise's worst home record (1998).

Dylan Covey (5-13) allowed six runs - five earned - and six hits in 4 1/3 innings for the White Sox. He walked three and struck out four. He is now 0-6 with a 9.00 ERA in his last six starts. Over his last 11 outings, he's 1-9 with an 8.59 ERA.

Covey has struggled against the Royals, falling to 0-7 with a 6.37 ERA in nine career starts.

The White Sox scored a run in the third when Avasail Garcia beat out an infield single, scoring Yolmer Sanchez from third. Garcia rolled it sharply to short, but Adalberto Mondesi appeared to take too long to release the throw to first.

Mondesi made up for his gaffe with an RBI single as part of a three-run third for Kansas City. Merrifield blooped a single to short right field, scoring Brian Goodwin. Mondesi followed with a bunt single that scored Rosell Herrera. A bad throw by catcher Welington Castillo sent Merrifield to third. He scored on Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly to the wall in right.

The Royals added another run in the fourth. Ryan O'Hearn led off with a triple down the right-field line and scored on Jorge Bonifacio's ground-rule double to make it 4-1.

Hunter Dozier had a two-run single in the sixth to give the Royals a five-run lead.

The White Sox pulled within three in the ninth against Royals relievers, with Tim Anderson driving in Ryan LaMarre with a single and Yoan Moncada scoring Jose Rondon on a bases-loaded walk.

''We had some opportunities early, didn't cash them in,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''And then, we gave them a little scare here in the ninth.''

JONES RETURNS

Prior to Tuesday's game, the White Sox returned RHP Nate Jones from his rehab assignment with Class A Winston-Salem, and reinstated him from the 60-day disabled list. He was placed on the disabled list June 13 with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm. He's 2-2 and a 2.55 ERA in 27 relief appearances. Jones pitched a scoreless seventh inning against the Royals.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: OF Leury Garcia remains on the disabled list with a grade-2 left hamstring. ''Doing better,'' Renteria said. ''(He's getting) a little more activity. He's still feeling some soreness, some tightness when he's doing certain things.''

Royals: OF Brett Phillips, who has been out since suffering a right shoulder contusion last Wednesday in Cleveland, continues to improve, according to Yost. Phillips took 30 more swings off the tee Tuesday. ''I still don't have a definite date (for his return),'' Yost said before the game. ''But he's getting closer.''

UP NEXT

White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (6-5, 3.11 ERA) will face Royals LHP Eric Skoglund (1-5, 6.45). Rodon has lost his two starts in September after the Sox won all five of his August starts (he was 3-0 in those starts). Skoglund missed more than three months of the season (86 games) with a strained left UCL. He has pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen since his return. He made five rehab starts, going 0-1 with a 3.54 ERA with three different minor league affiliates.

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  • W: B. Keller (8-6)L: D. Covey (5-13)S: W. Peralta (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B30010210.224.304.391.6952.5
Y. Sanchez 3B51100004.251.317.381.6993.0
J. Abreu 1B40000022.273.331.489.820-1.0
A. Garcia DH40110001.242.275.448.7232.0
D. Palka RF20100111.239.288.475.7631.5
a- R. Cordell PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Delmonico LF30100011.213.297.382.6790.5
b- R. LaMarre PH11100000.281.327.384.7112.0
W. Castillo C30000102.239.280.408.6881.0
J. Rondon PR01000000.253.300.480.7801.0
T. Anderson SS40110022.247.289.415.7041.0
A. Engel CF30000112.232.272.337.6090.5
  • a-struck out for Palka in the 9th
  • b-singled for Delmonico in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B42210000.303.366.436.8029.0
A. Mondesi SS40210011.270.299.449.7484.5
A. Gordon LF21010121.240.321.360.6814.0
H. Dozier 3B40120011.233.283.395.6781.5
R. O'Hearn 1B31100101.265.359.637.9965.0
J. Bonifacio DH40110001.234.308.359.6683.0
B. Goodwin CF31200001.257.346.398.7443.0
R. Herrera RF21000112.224.283.297.5811.5
M. Viloria C20000001.125.222.250.4720.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Sanchez (30)
    • RBI - Y. Moncada (57), A. Garcia (41), T. Anderson (60)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (20), A. Garcia (11), T. Anderson (28)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), A. Garcia, D. Palka, N. Delmonico, A. Engel 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bonifacio (14)
    • 3B - R. O'Hearn (2)
    • SF - A. Gordon (2)
    • SH - M. Viloria
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (54), A. Mondesi (23), A. Gordon (41), H. Dozier 2 (29), J. Bonifacio (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, H. Dozier, M. Viloria
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (33), A. Mondesi (21), A. Gordon (11)
    • CS - H. Dozier (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu; Abreu-Anderson)
    • E - W. Castillo
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey (L, 5-13)4.16653405.641.55-5.0
    R. Burr1.22000002.840.951.0
    N. Jones1.01000102.451.362.5
    R. Scahill1.00000000.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey (L, 5-13)4.1
    R. Burr1.2
    N. Jones1.0
    R. Scahill1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (W, 8-6)7.04112603.041.3027.0
    T. Hill0.20000104.461.290.5
    J. Newberry0.20000102.891.290.5
    B. Flynn0.12221104.041.61-4.5
    W. Peralta (S, 10)0.10002003.761.445.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (W, 8-6)7.0
    T. Hill0.2
    J. Newberry0.2
    B. Flynn0.1
    W. Peralta (S, 10)0.1
    PITCHING
    • IBB - D. Covey (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 74-51, R. Burr 19-12, N. Jones 8-7, R. Scahill 9-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 5-3, R. Burr 2-1, N. Jones 2-0, R. Scahill 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 21, R. Burr 5, N. Jones 4, R. Scahill 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 108-68, T. Hill 12-6, J. Newberry 8-5, B. Flynn 14-9, W. Peralta 15-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-2, T. Hill 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, T. Hill 2, J. Newberry 2, B. Flynn 4, W. Peralta 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Moncada 2B30010210.224.304.391.6952.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B51100004.251.317.381.6993.0
    J. Abreu 1B40000022.273.331.489.820-1.0
    A. Garcia DH40110001.242.275.448.7232.0
    D. Palka RF20100111.239.288.475.7631.5
    a- R. Cordell PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    N. Delmonico LF30100011.213.297.382.6790.5
    b- R. LaMarre PH11100000.281.327.384.7112.0
    W. Castillo C30000102.239.280.408.6881.0
    J. Rondon PR01000000.253.300.480.7801.0
    T. Anderson SS40110022.247.289.415.7041.0
    A. Engel CF30000112.232.272.337.6090.5
    Total3336305915-----
    • a-struck out for Palka in the 9th
    • b-singled for Delmonico in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B42210000.303.366.436.8029.0
    A. Mondesi SS40210011.270.299.449.7484.5
    A. Gordon LF21010121.240.321.360.6814.0
    H. Dozier 3B40120011.233.283.395.6781.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B31100101.265.359.637.9965.0
    J. Bonifacio DH40110001.234.308.359.6683.0
    B. Goodwin CF31200001.257.346.398.7443.0
    R. Herrera RF21000112.224.283.297.5811.5
    M. Viloria C20000001.125.222.250.4720.0
    Total286960359-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Sanchez (30)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (57), A. Garcia (41), T. Anderson (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (20), A. Garcia (11), T. Anderson (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), A. Garcia, D. Palka, N. Delmonico, A. Engel 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bonifacio (14)
      • 3B - R. O'Hearn (2)
      • SF - A. Gordon (2)
      • SH - M. Viloria
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (54), A. Mondesi (23), A. Gordon (41), H. Dozier 2 (29), J. Bonifacio (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, H. Dozier, M. Viloria
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (33), A. Mondesi (21), A. Gordon (11)
      • CS - H. Dozier (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu; Abreu-Anderson)
      • E - W. Castillo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 5-13)4.16653405.641.55-5.0
      R. Burr1.22000002.840.951.0
      N. Jones1.01000102.451.362.5
      R. Scahill1.00000000.000.003.0
      Total8.0965350---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 5-13)4.1
      R. Burr1.2
      N. Jones1.0
      R. Scahill1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 8-6)7.04112603.041.3027.0
      T. Hill0.20000104.461.290.5
      J. Newberry0.20000102.891.290.5
      B. Flynn0.12221104.041.61-4.5
      W. Peralta (S, 10)0.10002003.761.445.0
      Total9.0633590---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 8-6)7.0
      T. Hill0.2
      J. Newberry0.2
      B. Flynn0.1
      W. Peralta (S, 10)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Covey (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 74-51, R. Burr 19-12, N. Jones 8-7, R. Scahill 9-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 5-3, R. Burr 2-1, N. Jones 2-0, R. Scahill 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 21, R. Burr 5, N. Jones 4, R. Scahill 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 108-68, T. Hill 12-6, J. Newberry 8-5, B. Flynn 14-9, W. Peralta 15-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-2, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, T. Hill 2, J. Newberry 2, B. Flynn 4, W. Peralta 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Moncada walked, Rondon scored, Anderson to third, Engel to second36
        Anderson singled to right, LaMarre scored, Castillo to second26
      • 5TH INNING
        Dozier singled to left center, Merrifield and Gordon scored16
      • 4TH INNING
        Bonifacio doubled to left center, O'Hearn scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        Gordon hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored, Mondesi to third13
        Mondesi reached on bunt single to pitcher, Herrera scored, Merrifield to third on catcher Castillo throwing error12
        Merrifield singled to right center, Goodwin scored, Herrera to third11
        Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Sanchez scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Newberry Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to deep right
        • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Newberry
        • Ryan Cordell hit for Daniel Palka
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Ryan LaMarre hit for Nicky Delmonico
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, LaMarre singled to center
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castillo walked, LaMarre to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson singled to right, LaMarre scored, Castillo to second
        • Jose Rondon ran for Welington Castillo
        • Wily Peralta relieved Brian Flynn
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Engel walked, Rondon to third, Anderson to second
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked, Rondon scored, Anderson to third, Engel to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Brad Keller
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • Jake Newberry relieved Tim Hill
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Rob Scahill relieved Nate Jones
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to right
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Castillo popped out to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Engel grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nate Jones relieved Ryan Burr
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Viloria grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia flied out to right
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Burr Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin singled to left
        • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to shortstop, Goodwin out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to right center
        • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Gordon intentionally walked
        • Ryan Burr relieved Dylan Covey
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield stole third Gordon stole second,, Ball, Dozier singled to left center, Merrifield and Gordon scored
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn popped out to third
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier picked off at second, pitcher to first
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Delmonico grounded out to second
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo grounded out to third
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, O'Hearn tripled to deep right
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio doubled to left center, O'Hearn scored
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodwin flied out to deep left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Viloria flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez doubled to shallow left
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop, Sanchez to third
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Sanchez scored
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Goodwin singled to center
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Herrera walked, Goodwin to second
        • M. Viloria: Foul, Ball, Viloria hit sacrifice bunt to first, Goodwin to third, Herrera to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to right center, Goodwin scored, Herrera to third
        • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Mondesi reached on bunt single to pitcher, Herrera scored, Merrifield to third on catcher Castillo throwing error
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored, Mondesi to third
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Palka singled to center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Delmonico singled to left, Palka to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo grounded out to third, Palka to third, Delmonico to second
        • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to third
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Engel grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded out to second, O'Hearn out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to second, Moncada out at second
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to first
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)