Fillmyer masterful on mound in Royals' 6-1 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Talk about finishing with a flourish.

Rookie Heath Fillmyer struck out a career-high nine, collected his first major league hit and run batted in, and the Kansas City Royals wrapped up their road schedule with a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The only run Fillmyer allowed was Jose Peraza's 14th homer in the first inning. Fillmyer (4-2) retired 11 straight batters in one stretch against a Cincinnati team that has scored three or fewer runs in 13 of its last 14 games.

''My curveball was working well against lefties, and I had a real nice slider against righties,'' Fillmyer said. ''I was able to keep them off-balance.''

He allowed four hits and two walks while tying his career high with 7 1/3 innings.

''He threw the ball well,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He spotted it well and changed speeds well. He did a nice job of executing the game plan. When he makes a mistake lately, they don't seem to hurt him. He was down in the zone and changed speeds.''

Fillmyer also chipped in to the Kansas City offense with a sixth-inning RBI double.

''If I missed that one, I was never going to get a hit,'' he said. ''It was right down the middle. It was nice to get the monkey off my back.''

Adalberto Mondesi tripled, scored two runs and stole two bases to spark the Kansas City offense. Whit Merrifield, who went into the game tied for the American League lead in hits and leading in stolen bases, extended his season-high hitting streak to 16 games with a third-inning single. He also stole two bases.

Alex Gordon tacked on a solo home run to help Kansas City to a third straight win and fourth in its last five games.

The Royals finished with a 26-55 road record. They need one win in their last four games to avoid matching their single-season record of 106 losses, set in 2005.

The Reds have lost five straight games, all to teams with worse records, and six of their last seven. Cincinnati's offensive struggles date to the start of a 10-game road trip in Chicago on Sept. 14.

''We may have looked flat because we didn't get a lot of hits and there was no activity, but we have been doing all our preparations before the games and trying to finish strong,'' manager Jim Riggleman said. ''Since Chicago, we haven't got good results. We didn't score a lot of runs in Chicago either, but we had better at-bats.''

After lasting six innings in his previous start, a win at Miami, Reds starter Cody Reed (1-3) could manage just 3 2/3, giving up six hits and three runs with two walks and two strikeouts.

''I wasn't as sharp,'' Reed said. ''I didn't have the back-foot slider to righties that I had the last two games. I rushed myself a little warming up before the game, but I felt fine.''

40-40 MAN

Merrifield is the first player since Houston's Jose Altuve in 2014 with at least 40 doubles and 40 stolen bases in the same season. The only other Royal with that combination is Johnny Damon in 2000.

CHANGEUP

RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-2) now is scheduled to start Cincinnati's game on Saturday against the Pirates. Sunday could be a bullpen day with RHP Sal Romano (8-11) starting, Riggleman said.

ELUSIVE WIN

The Reds lost their last seven interleague games to finish 10-10 against AL teams. They fell one win short of matching their single-season record for interleague wins. Kansas City finished 6-14 against NL teams.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (0-3) makes his fourth start in the opener of a season-ending, four-game series against division champion Cleveland.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-7), originally scheduled to start on Saturday, was moved up to start Friday against Pittsburgh in place of RHP Luis Castillo, who was shut down for the season.

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  • W: H. Fillmyer (4-2)L: C. Reed (1-3)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (13), CIN - J. Peraza (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield CF51100003.303.367.440.8076.0
A. Mondesi SS52200011.285.307.496.8049.5
A. Gordon LF41221011.246.326.374.6997.5
S. Perez C40110011.235.275.443.7182.5
H. Dozier 1B31000101.226.275.394.6692.0
J. Bonifacio RF40100020.227.309.367.6761.0
R. Herrera 2B40000012.232.285.316.601-0.5
A. Escobar 3B31110100.227.276.311.5874.0
H. Fillmyer P20110011.250.250.500.7502.5
T. Hill P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Newberry P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Schebler RF40000033.259.336.447.783-1.5
    J. Peraza SS41211001.292.330.423.7527.0
    J. Votto 1B40100011.285.417.420.8370.5
    S. Gennett 2B40000002.313.360.494.8540.0
    E. Suarez 3B30000121.280.366.516.8820.0
    C. Casali C30000111.290.353.449.8020.5
    D. Herrera LF30000021.175.258.375.633-1.0
    a- T. Barnhart PH10000002.241.323.356.6790.0
    C. Reed P10000011.000.083.000.083-0.5
    S. Romano P0000-000.057.057.086.000-
    b- G. Guerrero PH10100000.214.214.429.6431.0
    M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Stephens P0000-000.000.333.000.000-
    c- M. Williams PH10000000.282.323.393.7160.0
    J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. Hamilton CF20100110.234.297.321.6171.5
    • a-grounded out for Herrera in the 9th
    • b-singled for Romano in the 5th
    • c-flied out for Stephens in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (22), J. Bonifacio (16), H. Fillmyer
    • 3B - A. Mondesi (3)
    • HR - A. Gordon (13)
    • SH - H. Fillmyer
    • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (53), S. Perez (78), A. Escobar (33), H. Fillmyer
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (22), H. Fillmyer
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), H. Dozier, H. Fillmyer
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Peraza (14)
    • RBI - J. Peraza (57)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Schebler 2 (2), J. Peraza, T. Barnhart 2 (2), C. Reed
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (41), A. Mondesi 2 (28)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Dozier-Mondesi)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
    • E - J. Peraza (22)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Fillmyer (W, 4-2)7.14112914.261.3428.5
    T. Hill1.01000104.261.312.5
    J. Newberry0.20001102.131.34-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Fillmyer (W, 4-2)7.1
    T. Hill1.0
    J. Newberry0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Reed (L, 1-3)3.26332203.981.40-6.0
    S. Romano1.11110005.371.451.0
    M. Wisler1.01100104.031.132.5
    W. Peralta1.01110214.961.902.0
    J. Stephens1.00000205.061.664.0
    J. Hughes1.00000101.991.013.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Reed (L, 1-3)3.2
    S. Romano1.1
    M. Wisler1.0
    W. Peralta1.0
    J. Stephens1.0
    J. Hughes1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 103-67, T. Hill 13-9, J. Newberry 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-9, J. Newberry 1-0
    • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 27, T. Hill 4, J. Newberry 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Reed 68-37, S. Romano 15-12, M. Wisler 24-15, W. Peralta 21-15, J. Stephens 14-10, J. Hughes 7-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Reed 8-0, S. Romano 2-2, M. Wisler 2-1, W. Peralta 1-0, J. Stephens 1-0, J. Hughes 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Reed 18, S. Romano 5, M. Wisler 5, W. Peralta 4, J. Stephens 3, J. Hughes 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    W. Merrifield CF51100003.303.367.440.8076.0
    A. Mondesi SS52200011.285.307.496.8049.5
    A. Gordon LF41221011.246.326.374.6997.5
    S. Perez C40110011.235.275.443.7182.5
    H. Dozier 1B31000101.226.275.394.6692.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40100020.227.309.367.6761.0
    R. Herrera 2B40000012.232.285.316.601-0.5
    A. Escobar 3B31110100.227.276.311.5874.0
    H. Fillmyer P20110011.250.250.500.7502.5
    T. Hill P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Newberry P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Schebler RF40000033.259.336.447.783-1.5
      J. Peraza SS41211001.292.330.423.7527.0
      J. Votto 1B40100011.285.417.420.8370.5
      S. Gennett 2B40000002.313.360.494.8540.0
      E. Suarez 3B30000121.280.366.516.8820.0
      C. Casali C30000111.290.353.449.8020.5
      D. Herrera LF30000021.175.258.375.633-1.0
      a- T. Barnhart PH10000002.241.323.356.6790.0
      C. Reed P10000011.000.083.000.083-0.5
      S. Romano P0000-000.057.057.086.000-
      b- G. Guerrero PH10100000.214.214.429.6431.0
      M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Stephens P0000-000.000.333.000.000-
      c- M. Williams PH10000000.282.323.393.7160.0
      J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      B. Hamilton CF20100110.234.297.321.6171.5
      Total31151131113-----
      • a-grounded out for Herrera in the 9th
      • b-singled for Romano in the 5th
      • c-flied out for Stephens in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (22), J. Bonifacio (16), H. Fillmyer
      • 3B - A. Mondesi (3)
      • HR - A. Gordon (13)
      • SH - H. Fillmyer
      • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (53), S. Perez (78), A. Escobar (33), H. Fillmyer
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (22), H. Fillmyer
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), H. Dozier, H. Fillmyer
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Peraza (14)
      • RBI - J. Peraza (57)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Schebler 2 (2), J. Peraza, T. Barnhart 2 (2), C. Reed
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (41), A. Mondesi 2 (28)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Mondesi)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
      • E - J. Peraza (22)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer (W, 4-2)7.14112914.261.3428.5
      T. Hill1.01000104.261.312.5
      J. Newberry0.20001102.131.34-0.5
      Total9.05113111---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer (W, 4-2)7.1
      T. Hill1.0
      J. Newberry0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Reed (L, 1-3)3.26332203.981.40-6.0
      S. Romano1.11110005.371.451.0
      M. Wisler1.01100104.031.132.5
      W. Peralta1.01110214.961.902.0
      J. Stephens1.00000205.061.664.0
      J. Hughes1.00000101.991.013.5
      Total9.0965281---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Reed (L, 1-3)3.2
      S. Romano1.1
      M. Wisler1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      J. Stephens1.0
      J. Hughes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 103-67, T. Hill 13-9, J. Newberry 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-9, J. Newberry 1-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 27, T. Hill 4, J. Newberry 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Reed 68-37, S. Romano 15-12, M. Wisler 24-15, W. Peralta 21-15, J. Stephens 14-10, J. Hughes 7-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Reed 8-0, S. Romano 2-2, M. Wisler 2-1, W. Peralta 1-0, J. Stephens 1-0, J. Hughes 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Reed 18, S. Romano 5, M. Wisler 5, W. Peralta 4, J. Stephens 3, J. Hughes 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Gordon homered to left center61
      • 6TH INNING
        Fillmyer doubled to deep right center, Escobar scored51
      • 5TH INNING
        Gordon grounded out to pitcher, Mondesi scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Escobar reached on an infield single to second, Dozier scored, Bonifacio to third31
      • 3RD INNING
        Gordon singled to right center, Merrifield scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Peraza homered to left center11
        Perez doubled to deep center, Mondesi scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jared Hughes pitching
        • T. Hill: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hill struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Hill Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Votto singled to left
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett flied out to right
        • Jake Newberry relieved Tim Hill
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
        • C. Casali: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Casali walked, Votto to second
        • Tucker Barnhart hit for Dilson Herrera
        • T. Barnhart: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jackson Stephens relieved Wandy Peralta
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mason Williams hit for Jackson Stephens
        • M. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Williams flied out to deep center
        • B. Hamilton: Hamilton singled to center
        • Tim Hill relieved Heath Fillmyer
        • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Peraza flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Wandy Peralta relieved Matt Wisler
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon homered to left center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Suarez lined out to left
        • C. Casali: Casali flied out to center
        • D. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Matt Wisler pitching
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar safe at first on shortstop Peraza fielding error
        • H. Fillmyer: Ball, Fillmyer doubled to deep right center, Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peraza singled to left
        • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett grounded out to shortstop, Peraza out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi tripled to deep left
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon grounded out to pitcher, Mondesi scored
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • C. Casali: Casali grounded out to third
        • D. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • Gabriel Guerrero hit for Sal Romano
        • G. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guerrero singled to shallow left
        • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked, Guerrero to second
        • S. Schebler: Schebler lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Reed Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio doubled to deep left, Dozier to third
        • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to third
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on an infield single to second, Dozier scored, Bonifacio to third
        • H. Fillmyer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Fillmyer hit sacrifice bunt to first, Escobar to second
        • Sal Romano relieved Cody Reed
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Votto lined out to left
        • S. Gennett: Gennett lined out to right
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Reed Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to left
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon singled to right center, Merrifield scored
        • S. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez grounded out to second, Gordon out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Peraza lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Reed Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • H. Fillmyer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fillmyer struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
        • C. Casali: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
        • D. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera popped out to first
        • C. Reed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Reed Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi singled to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Perez doubled to deep center, Mondesi scored
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • S. Schebler: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peraza homered to left center
        • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto lined out to right
        • S. Gennett: Gennett grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)