Archer shines as Pirates top Royals 2-1 for 3-game sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chris Archer came to Pittsburgh with much fanfare when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Then he went 1-3 in his first eight starts with the Pirates.

It's almost certainly too late for the Pirates to make a playoff push this season, but on Wednesday night, Archer finally looked like the pitcher they thought they were getting at the non-waiver trade deadline. He pitched seven strong innings, and Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 2-1 win.

In his most impressive start since the trade, Archer (5-8) allowed one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander made it out of the sixth inning for the first time in nine starts for the Pirates.

''The one thing I hang my hat on is making starts and pitching deep into ballgames,'' Archer said. ''Giving up way more runs than I wanted to this year, but the thing that frustrates me the most is my average innings. It has to be the lowest of my career, but there's a correlation. The better you pitch, the deeper you pitch into games.''

The Pirates remain marooned in fourth place in the NL Central despite a five-game winning streak that's moved them three games over .500.

''You play the game to win the game,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The games matter. They matter Game 1 to Game 150 to Game 151. There's nobody that suits up and wants to go out and not play well.''

Felipe Vazquez allowed one walk in the ninth but earned his 35th save one day after he let a 1-0 lead slip away - his fifth blown save of the season. The Pirates went on to win 2-1 in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Adam Frazier broke a 1-1 tie with a homer to right-center with two outs in the fifth inning off rookie right-hander Heath Fillmyer (3-2). It was Frazier's ninth homer of the season, and it came two days after he fouled a ball off his knee.

The injury held Frazier out of the starting lineup Tuesday, although he entered in the ninth and played the final three innings. He started Wednesday at second base.

Fillmyer allowed two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for Kansas City, which has lost four straight after winning five of six.

''What do they say in baseball? You can win a game with 100 pitches and lose a game with one. That's kind of what happened today,'' Fillmyer said. ''Not that I was perfect by any means, but you know what? I left one a little up. The guy got it, and it ended up being the difference.''

Royals manager Ned Yost was pleased with how the 24-year-old battled.

''These are big-league starts,'' Yost said. ''That's exactly what you ask for. Go out, keep us in the game, give us a chance to win. That's exactly what it is.''

Colin Moran put the Pirates on the board with a single to left that scored Corey Dickerson, who was 2 for 3 with two doubles, in the second inning. Adalberto Mondesi tied it with a homer to center, his 10th, in the third.

LINEUP CHANGE

Royals: OF Jorge Bonifacio was taken out of the starting lineup after going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and one walk Tuesday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and drew a walk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery on Wednesday. No further details regarding the operation were provided. Kuhl was re-examined by Dr. David Altchek in New York on Tuesday. He last pitched on June 26.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (2-4, 3.93 ERA) is expected to start against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. He left Kansas City's game against the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 14 with a left rib contusion sustained in a collision with 3B Hunter Dozier.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.07) takes the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. In his past two starts, Nova has allowed one run on seven hits over 12 innings with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

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  • W: C. Archer (5-8)L: H. Fillmyer (3-2)S: F. Vazquez (35)
  • HR: KC - A. Mondesi (10), PIT - A. Frazier (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield CF40100010.301.365.433.7980.5
A. Mondesi SS41211021.288.314.485.7999.0
A. Gordon LF40000021.242.325.362.687-1.0
S. Perez C40000001.234.271.442.7130.0
R. O'Hearn 1B30000010.272.372.6321.004-0.5
a- J. Bonifacio PH00000100.235.315.366.6821.0
H. Dozier 3B40200011.236.286.399.6841.5
A. Escobar 2B30100002.219.269.304.5731.0
B. Phillips RF20000110.195.262.331.5920.5
H. Fillmyer P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- B. Goodwin PH10000000.242.331.364.6950.0
B. Flynn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for O'Hearn in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Fillmyer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41111010.281.348.458.8065.5
S. Marte CF40200000.278.321.454.7754.0
J. Bell 1B40200012.268.360.416.7771.5
F. Cervelli C40100011.255.376.418.7940.5
C. Dickerson LF31200000.294.324.458.7825.0
P. Reyes RF30100002.423.483.5771.0601.0
C. Moran 3B20010011.276.336.400.7360.5
K. Newman SS30000000.213.258.246.5030.0
C. Archer P20000010.071.071.143.214-0.5
a- K. Kramer PH10000010.150.227.150.377-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Archer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Merrifield (40), A. Mondesi (12)
  • HR - A. Mondesi (10)
  • RBI - A. Mondesi (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, S. Perez, H. Dozier, H. Fillmyer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (31), C. Dickerson 2 (33)
  • HR - A. Frazier (9)
  • SF - C. Moran (6)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (33), C. Moran (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell, F. Cervelli 2 (2), P. Reyes, C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (26)
  • CS - W. Merrifield (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (33)
  • CS - J. Bell (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - W. Merrifield
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Bell; Newman-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - K. Newman (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Fillmyer (L, 3-2)7.08220514.561.3911.5
B. Flynn1.01000104.001.642.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Fillmyer (L, 3-2)7.0
B. Flynn1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 5-8)7.06111814.491.3927.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 12)1.00000202.491.064.0
F. Vazquez (S, 35)1.00001002.861.299.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 5-8)7.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 12)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 35)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 93-59, B. Flynn 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 8-6, B. Flynn 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 27, B. Flynn 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 93-62, R. Rodriguez 11-10, F. Vazquez 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield CF40100010.301.365.433.7980.5
A. Mondesi SS41211021.288.314.485.7999.0
A. Gordon LF40000021.242.325.362.687-1.0
S. Perez C40000001.234.271.442.7130.0
R. O'Hearn 1B30000010.272.372.6321.004-0.5
a- J. Bonifacio PH00000100.235.315.366.6821.0
H. Dozier 3B40200011.236.286.399.6841.5
A. Escobar 2B30100002.219.269.304.5731.0
B. Phillips RF20000110.195.262.331.5920.5
H. Fillmyer P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- B. Goodwin PH10000000.242.331.364.6950.0
B. Flynn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for O'Hearn in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Fillmyer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41111010.281.348.458.8065.5
S. Marte CF40200000.278.321.454.7754.0
J. Bell 1B40200012.268.360.416.7771.5
F. Cervelli C40100011.255.376.418.7940.5
C. Dickerson LF31200000.294.324.458.7825.0
P. Reyes RF30100002.423.483.5771.0601.0
C. Moran 3B20010011.276.336.400.7360.5
K. Newman SS30000000.213.258.246.5030.0
C. Archer P20000010.071.071.143.214-0.5
a- K. Kramer PH10000010.150.227.150.377-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Archer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Merrifield (40), A. Mondesi (12)
  • HR - A. Mondesi (10)
  • RBI - A. Mondesi (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, S. Perez, H. Dozier, H. Fillmyer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (31), C. Dickerson 2 (33)
  • HR - A. Frazier (9)
  • SF - C. Moran (6)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (33), C. Moran (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell, F. Cervelli 2 (2), P. Reyes, C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (26)
  • CS - W. Merrifield (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (33)
  • CS - J. Bell (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - W. Merrifield
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Bell; Newman-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - K. Newman (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Fillmyer (L, 3-2)7.08220514.561.3911.5
B. Flynn1.01000104.001.642.5
Total8.0922061---
PITCHERSIP
H. Fillmyer (L, 3-2)7.0
B. Flynn1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 5-8)7.06111814.491.3927.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 12)1.00000202.491.064.0
F. Vazquez (S, 35)1.00001002.861.299.0
Total9.06112101---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 5-8)7.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 12)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 35)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 93-59, B. Flynn 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 8-6, B. Flynn 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 27, B. Flynn 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 93-62, R. Rodriguez 11-10, F. Vazquez 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Vazquez 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Frazier homered to center12
  • 3RD INNING
    Mondesi homered to center11
  • 2ND INNING
    Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Dickerson scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
    • S. Perez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
    • Jorge Bonifacio hit for Ryan O'Hearn
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Heath Fillmyer
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin lined out to right
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield safe at first on shortstop Newman throwing error
    • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Brian Flynn pitching
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Marte singled to right
    • J. Bell: Bell flied out to deep center
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Marte out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
    • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier singled to left
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to second, Dozier out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • K. Newman: Ball, Newman grounded out to pitcher
    • Kevin Kramer hit for Chris Archer
    • K. Kramer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kramer struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
    • S. Perez: Perez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell singled to right
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Ball, Bell caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli popped out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson doubled to deep left
    • P. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded out to second
    • H. Fillmyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fillmyer struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to right
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield caught stealing third, catcher to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Newman grounded out to third
    • C. Archer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Archer grounded out to first
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier homered to center
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte lined out to right
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn flied out to left
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier singled to right
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to second, Dozier out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to left
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Reyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to right
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi homered to center
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to first
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Marte stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to center
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked, Escobar to second
    • H. Fillmyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fillmyer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson doubled to deep right
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes grounded out to shortstop, Dickerson to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Dickerson scored
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Newman popped out to second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
    • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi doubled to deep right center
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • S. Perez: Ball, Mondesi stole third, Perez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Marte lined out to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell doubled to deep left
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli singled to center, Bell out at home
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)