Dozier's homer lifts Royals to 4-3 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Hunter Dozier's quiet night turned into a clutch, game-winning effort for the Kansas City Royals.

Dozier led off the ninth inning with a tie-breaking home run, then teamed with shortstop Adalberto Mondesi for a key out in the bottom of the inning as the Royals beat the slumping Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Tuesday night.

''It felt like a quiet night until the ninth,'' said Dozier, who snapped a 0-for-17 skid with his homer to left field. ''A lot happened in a short amount of time.''

Dozier's 11th homer of the season, off Raisel Iglesias (2-5), left Kansas City needing two wins in its last five games to avoid tying the franchise record of 106 losses in a season, set in 2005. The Royals (55-102) have won three of their last four games, after a five-game losing streak.

The Reds had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth against closer Wily Peralta, but Mondesi fielded Scott Schebler's grounder and threw to Dozier at third, forcing Brandon Dixon. Jose Peraza followed with a hard grounder that Dozier was able to knock down with a diving backhand stop, leaving the bases loaded. Joey Votto grounded out harmlessly, and Peralta earned his 14th save.

''They made some good plays,'' Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. ''I was shocked that Dozier got to that ball. I thought it was down the line and would at least tie the game.''

Kansas City manager Ned Yost felt Dozier's play on Schebler's grounder to Mondesi was more difficult than it looked.

''He went for the ball at first,'' Yost said. ''He had to peel back to get to the bag. His athleticism allowed him to do that.''

Kevin McCarthy (5-4) walked the first batter he faced to lead off the eighth and the Reds ended up loading the bases with no outs on Votto's checked-swing dribbler up the third base line. But Eugenio Suarez grounded into a force out at the plate, Scooter Gennett struck out and Phillip Ervin hit a fielder's-choice grounder to Dozier, ending the threat.

Cincinnati went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and now are 8-for-75 (.107) in that situation over their last 13 games. The slumping Reds (66-92) have lost four straight, all against teams with worse records than their own. The Reds have also lost five of six, and their interleague losing streak reached seven games.

Ryan O'Hearn hit his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot off Matt Harvey, in the fourth inning, to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. The Reds' Dilson Herrera delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the fifth before Gennett tripled and Ervin drove him in with the game-tying run in the seventh

Harvey overcame a 51-minute rain delay with one out in the bottom of the third inning. He lasted five innings and gave up six hits and three runs with six strikeouts. The former Mets' right-hander didn't allow a walk. He has a 7-7 record and 4.46 ERA in 23 games with the Reds, and a 4.92 ERA overall in 2018.

''It was frustrating,'' Harvey said. ''I was pretty sharp in the first three innings. After the delay, I wasn't as sharp.

The delay cost Eric Skoglund a shot at his second win of the season and first since April 28 against the White Sox. The Royals rookie, making his 12th start of 2018 and fourth since missing three months with a strained ulnar collateral ligament, didn't return when play resumed.

ROCKY TOP

The Reds announced that they were resuming an affiliation with Double-A Chattanooga. The Reds and Lookouts were affiliated from 1988 through 2008.

IT'S LORENZEN

RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-2), trying to convince the Reds that he can make the conversion from reliever to starter, will get his third and final chance this season against the Pirates in Sunday's series finale.

NEW HIGH

Whit Merrifield singled with one out in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games. The streak is the fourth of at least 12 games this season for Merrifield, the AL's hits and stolen base leader going into Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (3-2) will make his first career start against the Reds in his final 2018 start.

Reds: LHP Cody Reed (1-2) makes his first career start against the Royals, who made him their second-round pick in the June 2013 draft.

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  • W: K. McCarthy (5-4)L: R. Iglesias (2-5)S: W. Peralta (14)
  • HR: KC - H. Dozier (11), R. O'Hearn (12), CIN - D. Herrera (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Mondesi SS40000022.282.306.490.796-1.0
A. Gordon LF40000021.244.324.367.691-1.0
S. Perez C42200000.235.275.442.7174.0
R. O'Hearn 1B41221011.271.366.6391.0058.5
H. Dozier 3B41111003.228.275.398.6736.0
B. Goodwin CF40110011.238.321.371.6921.5
B. Phillips RF40000032.194.255.318.573-1.5
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  • b-grounded out for McCarthy in the 9th
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J. Peraza SS50200000.291.329.417.7462.0
J. Votto 1B50200013.285.418.422.8391.5
E. Suarez 3B40000014.282.367.519.886-0.5
S. Gennett 2B41100013.315.363.497.8603.5
P. Ervin RF41210013.257.328.414.7425.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Barnhart C40000022.242.324.357.681-1.0
M. Harvey P10000000.075.109.075.1850.0
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B. Dixon RF00000100.183.223.365.5881.0
B. Hamilton CF40100012.233.295.320.6140.5
  • a-homered for Harvey in the 5th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. O'Hearn (9)
  • HR - R. O'Hearn (12), H. Dozier (11)
  • RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (29), H. Dozier (33), B. Goodwin (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon, B. Goodwin, E. Skoglund 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - S. Gennett (3)
  • HR - D. Herrera (4)
  • RBI - P. Ervin (31), D. Herrera 2 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Herrera 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto 3 (3), E. Suarez, P. Ervin 3 (3), B. Hamilton 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Merrifield (39)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Peraza (21)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Skoglund2.11000105.401.235.5
B. Flynn2.22220114.101.612.5
T. Hill (H, 13)1.00000104.361.323.5
B. Maurer (BS, 6)1.02111307.762.140.5
K. McCarthy (W, 5-4)1.02001103.261.257.5
W. Peralta (S, 14)1.02001003.901.557.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Skoglund2.1
B. Flynn2.2
T. Hill (H, 13)1.0
B. Maurer (BS, 6)1.0
K. McCarthy (W, 5-4)1.0
W. Peralta (S, 14)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey5.06330614.941.309.0
A. Garrett2.00001204.231.306.0
D. Hernandez1.00000202.631.014.0
R. Iglesias (L, 2-5)1.01110112.481.07-3.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey5.0
A. Garrett2.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias (L, 2-5)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Maurer (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 30-21, B. Flynn 36-19, T. Hill 9-6, B. Maurer 22-15, K. McCarthy 18-9, W. Peralta 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 2-4, B. Flynn 3-4, T. Hill 2-0, K. McCarthy 2-0, W. Peralta 3-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 8, B. Flynn 10, T. Hill 3, B. Maurer 6, K. McCarthy 6, W. Peralta 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-54, A. Garrett 29-16, D. Hernandez 13-10, R. Iglesias 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 4-5, A. Garrett 3-2, R. Iglesias 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 21, A. Garrett 8, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B30100100.304.369.442.8104.0
A. Mondesi SS40000022.282.306.490.796-1.0
A. Gordon LF40000021.244.324.367.691-1.0
S. Perez C42200000.235.275.442.7174.0
R. O'Hearn 1B41221011.271.366.6391.0058.5
H. Dozier 3B41111003.228.275.398.6736.0
B. Goodwin CF40110011.238.321.371.6921.5
B. Phillips RF40000032.194.255.318.573-1.5
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B. Flynn P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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a- J. Bonifacio PH10000010.227.310.364.674-0.5
B. Maurer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Herrera PH10000000.235.289.321.6100.0
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Hill in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for McCarthy in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Schebler LF40000102.262.339.452.7911.0
J. Peraza SS50200000.291.329.417.7462.0
J. Votto 1B50200013.285.418.422.8391.5
E. Suarez 3B40000014.282.367.519.886-0.5
S. Gennett 2B41100013.315.363.497.8603.5
P. Ervin RF41210013.257.328.414.7425.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Barnhart C40000022.242.324.357.681-1.0
M. Harvey P10000000.075.109.075.1850.0
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B. Dixon RF00000100.183.223.365.5881.0
B. Hamilton CF40100012.233.295.320.6140.5
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  • a-homered for Harvey in the 5th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Garrett in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. O'Hearn (9)
  • HR - R. O'Hearn (12), H. Dozier (11)
  • RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (29), H. Dozier (33), B. Goodwin (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon, B. Goodwin, E. Skoglund 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - S. Gennett (3)
  • HR - D. Herrera (4)
  • RBI - P. Ervin (31), D. Herrera 2 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Herrera 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto 3 (3), E. Suarez, P. Ervin 3 (3), B. Hamilton 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Merrifield (39)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Peraza (21)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Skoglund2.11000105.401.235.5
B. Flynn2.22220114.101.612.5
T. Hill (H, 13)1.00000104.361.323.5
B. Maurer (BS, 6)1.02111307.762.140.5
K. McCarthy (W, 5-4)1.02001103.261.257.5
W. Peralta (S, 14)1.02001003.901.557.0
Total9.0933371---
PITCHERSIP
E. Skoglund2.1
B. Flynn2.2
T. Hill (H, 13)1.0
B. Maurer (BS, 6)1.0
K. McCarthy (W, 5-4)1.0
W. Peralta (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey5.06330614.941.309.0
A. Garrett2.00001204.231.306.0
D. Hernandez1.00000202.631.014.0
R. Iglesias (L, 2-5)1.01110112.481.07-3.5
Total9.07441112---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey5.0
A. Garrett2.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias (L, 2-5)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Maurer (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 30-21, B. Flynn 36-19, T. Hill 9-6, B. Maurer 22-15, K. McCarthy 18-9, W. Peralta 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 2-4, B. Flynn 3-4, T. Hill 2-0, K. McCarthy 2-0, W. Peralta 3-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 8, B. Flynn 10, T. Hill 3, B. Maurer 6, K. McCarthy 6, W. Peralta 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-54, A. Garrett 29-16, D. Hernandez 13-10, R. Iglesias 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 4-5, A. Garrett 3-2, R. Iglesias 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 21, A. Garrett 8, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Dozier homered to left center43
  • 7TH INNING
    Ervin singled to left center, Gennett scored33
  • 5TH INNING
    Herrera homered to right center, Ervin scored32
  • 4TH INNING
    O'Hearn homered to right center, Perez scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Goodwin reached on an infield single to second, Perez scored, O'Hearn to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brandon Dixon in right field
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier homered to left center
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Phillips grounded out to second
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Kevin McCarthy
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Wily Peralta pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dixon walked
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton singled to right center, Dixon to second
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dixon out at third, Hamilton to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza reached on an infield single to third, Hamilton to third, Schebler to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
    • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez flied out to center
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brandon Maurer
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schebler walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Peraza singled to left center, Schebler to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto reached on an infield single to pitcher, Schebler to third, Peraza to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schebler out at home, Peraza to third, Votto to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Ervin grounded into fielder's choice to third, Suarez out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Garrett Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • Jorge Bonifacio hit for Tim Hill
    • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Maurer pitching
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gennett tripled to shallow right
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Foul, Ervin singled to left center, Gennett scored
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ervin stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Mason Williams hit for Amir Garrett
    • M. Williams: Williams intentionally walked
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • S. Perez: Perez safe at first on shortstop Peraza fielding error
    • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to first, Perez to second
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right, Perez to third
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Tim Hill relieved Brian Flynn
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Peraza grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • B. Flynn: Strike looking, Flynn grounded out to second
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to right center
    • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield to third
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Flynn Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gennett lined out to left
    • P. Ervin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ervin singled to center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • Dilson Herrera hit for Matt Harvey
    • D. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Herrera homered to right center, Ervin scored
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to center
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn homered to right center, Perez scored
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier fouled out to first
    • B. Goodwin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin lined out to right
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Flynn Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • J. Votto: Votto lined out to left
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
    • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • M. Harvey: Strike looking, Ball, Harvey flied out to center
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball
    • Hamilton grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Schebler: Schebler fouled out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Perez singled to center
    • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn doubled to deep right center, Perez to third
    • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier grounded out to first
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Goodwin reached on an infield single to second, Perez scored, O'Hearn to third
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • E. Skoglund: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Skoglund struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett popped out to shortstop
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to catcher
    • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
    • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Schebler grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza flied out to right
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Votto singled to right center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)