Moncada, Garcia power White Sox past Royals 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) Yoan Moncada is not looking back at his struggles in the past or forward to the promise of his future.

The 23-year-old switch-hitter said he is having too much fun in the present.

Moncada hit a pair of solo shots for his first multihomer game and Leury Garcia added a two-run drive to power the Chicago White Sox past the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday night.

After struggling to consistently produce last year in his first full major league season amid huge expectations, Moncada is off to a fast start with a .333 batting average, five homers and 16 RBIs.

''Last year was last year; it's in the past,'' he said through a translator. ''I learned and now I'm just enjoying this moment.

''Let's just wait and see what happens in a month or two. So far, the results have been there.''

Yonder Alonso also homered and went 4 for 4 as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings to rebound from a poor start to his season. The 25-year-old right-hander had permitted 18 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over his first three games and gave up eight runs on 10 hits in his last outing against Tampa Bay.

''I think he was just attacking the strike zone a lot better this outing,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''I think he just concentrated on driving through and hitting his spots and executing, and I think he did a really nice job.''

Four relievers worked the final three innings for Chicago. Alex Colome pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

Daniel Palka, who led the White Sox with 27 homers as a rookie last season, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and is hitless in 32 at-bats this year. He is 0 for 34 dating to last season, the longest current skid for a major league position player.

Lucas Duda homered for the Royals, who are 0-5 on the road.

Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez (0-2) had a career-high 10 strikeouts but gave up three homers and allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

''There are probably three balls that they did damage on, but outside of that, I thought he threw the ball extremely well,'' manager Ned Yost said.

Duda's homer leading off the second gave the Royals a 1-0 lead. Moncada tied it with a two-out shot in the third.

Jorge Lopez escaped a jam in the fourth by getting Tim Anderson - who began the day leading the majors with a .453 batting average - to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but the right-hander wasn't as fortunate in the fifth.

Garcia broke the tie with a two-run homer to right-center and Moncada followed with his second solo shot to make it 4-1.

''You have to be really careful because he's going to get you at some point if you make a mistake,'' Lopez said of Moncada.

Alonso capped the scoring with a solo drive in the eighth off reliever Jake Newberry. Alonso entered batting .152 and raised his average to .220.

DEFENSE

Moncada shifted from second base to third this season and also is off to a strong start with the glove. He started a 5-4-3 double play in the fourth and was in the middle of a 6-5-3 double play as part of a shift in the sixth.

''He told me he was the best third baseman in Cuba,'' Renteria said, ''and I'm starting to believe it.''

SEEING DOUBLE

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in the majors both starting pitchers had the last name of Lopez. The previous matchup of starters with the same last name was on Aug. 12, 2017, when JC Ramirez and the Angels faced Erasmo Ramirez and the Mariners.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Martin Maldonado was scratched from the original lineup because of illness. ''He was going to take it easy and try to play, but no sense pushing it,'' Yost said. ''I was going to give him tomorrow off, but he'll probably play tomorrow.''

UP NEXT

Kansas City RHP Brad Keller (2-1, 2.45 ERA) and Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 6.19) are scheduled to start the finale of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Keller had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last outing against Cleveland, while Giolito is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Royals.

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  • W: R. Lopez (1-2)L: J. Lopez (0-2)
  • HR: KC - L. Duda (2), CHW - Y. Alonso (3), L. Garcia (1), Y. Moncada 2 (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40100010.311.342.486.8280.5
A. Gordon LF40100001.345.429.6031.0321.0
H. Dozier 3B30000111.283.371.547.9180.5
R. O'Hearn 1B20000211.182.368.341.7091.5
J. Soler RF40100013.215.271.477.7480.5
L. Duda DH41211001.222.353.481.8347.0
C. Owings SS30000012.190.254.328.582-0.5
C. Gallagher C30000000.143.143.143.2860.0
B. Hamilton CF30000020.205.265.205.470-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia CF-RF41121030.290.313.419.7325.5
    Y. Moncada 3B42222010.333.371.6521.02311.5
    J. Abreu 1B40000030.197.275.393.669-1.5
    Y. Alonso DH41411000.220.371.420.79110.0
    E. Jimenez LF40100012.267.323.383.7060.5
    T. Anderson SS40000023.421.431.6321.0631.0
    W. Castillo C30100121.129.341.258.6002.0
    D. Palka RF30000023.000.179.000.179-1.0
    A. Engel CF00000000.143.182.381.5630.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B21000101.143.182.190.3722.0
      BATTING
      • HR - L. Duda (2)
      • RBI - L. Duda (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso, W. Castillo
      • HR - L. Garcia, Y. Moncada 2 (5), Y. Alonso (3)
      • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (6), Y. Moncada 2 (16), Y. Alonso (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Jimenez (6), W. Castillo (6), D. Palka (2), Y. Sanchez (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (L, 0-2)6.084421034.301.304.0
      J. Newberry2.01110416.001.336.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (L, 0-2)6.0
      J. Newberry2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (W, 1-2)6.05112518.842.1222.5
      J. Fry (H, 4)0.100000011.122.120.0
      N. Jones (H, 2)0.20000004.051.350.0
      K. Herrera (H, 3)1.00000201.130.634.0
      A. Colome1.00001002.250.632.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (W, 1-2)6.0
      J. Fry (H, 4)0.1
      N. Jones (H, 2)0.2
      K. Herrera (H, 3)1.0
      A. Colome1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 101-65, J. Newberry 32-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 6-4, J. Newberry 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 27, J. Newberry 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 104-69, J. Fry 6-4, N. Jones 8-5, K. Herrera 11-9, A. Colome 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 6-4, N. Jones 1-1, K. Herrera 0-1, A. Colome 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 23, J. Fry, N. Jones 2, K. Herrera 3, A. Colome 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B40100010.311.342.486.8280.5
      A. Gordon LF40100001.345.429.6031.0321.0
      H. Dozier 3B30000111.283.371.547.9180.5
      R. O'Hearn 1B20000211.182.368.341.7091.5
      J. Soler RF40100013.215.271.477.7480.5
      L. Duda DH41211001.222.353.481.8347.0
      C. Owings SS30000012.190.254.328.582-0.5
      C. Gallagher C30000000.143.143.143.2860.0
      B. Hamilton CF30000020.205.265.205.470-1.0
      Total301511379-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Garcia CF-RF41121030.290.313.419.7325.5
        Y. Moncada 3B42222010.333.371.6521.02311.5
        J. Abreu 1B40000030.197.275.393.669-1.5
        Y. Alonso DH41411000.220.371.420.79110.0
        E. Jimenez LF40100012.267.323.383.7060.5
        T. Anderson SS40000023.421.431.6321.0631.0
        W. Castillo C30100121.129.341.258.6002.0
        D. Palka RF30000023.000.179.000.179-1.0
        A. Engel CF00000000.143.182.381.5630.0
        Y. Sanchez 2B21000101.143.182.190.3722.0
        Total32595421410-----
          BATTING
          • HR - L. Duda (2)
          • RBI - L. Duda (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso, W. Castillo
          • HR - L. Garcia, Y. Moncada 2 (5), Y. Alonso (3)
          • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (6), Y. Moncada 2 (16), Y. Alonso (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Jimenez (6), W. Castillo (6), D. Palka (2), Y. Sanchez (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Anderson (6)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Lopez (L, 0-2)6.084421034.301.304.0
          J. Newberry2.01110416.001.336.0
          Total8.09552144---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Lopez (L, 0-2)6.0
          J. Newberry2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Lopez (W, 1-2)6.05112518.842.1222.5
          J. Fry (H, 4)0.100000011.122.120.0
          N. Jones (H, 2)0.20000004.051.350.0
          K. Herrera (H, 3)1.00000201.130.634.0
          A. Colome1.00001002.250.632.0
          Total9.0511371---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Lopez (W, 1-2)6.0
          J. Fry (H, 4)0.1
          N. Jones (H, 2)0.2
          K. Herrera (H, 3)1.0
          A. Colome1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 101-65, J. Newberry 32-22
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 6-4, J. Newberry 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 27, J. Newberry 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 104-69, J. Fry 6-4, N. Jones 8-5, K. Herrera 11-9, A. Colome 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 6-4, N. Jones 1-1, K. Herrera 0-1, A. Colome 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 23, J. Fry, N. Jones 2, K. Herrera 3, A. Colome 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Alonso homered to right15
          • 5TH INNING
            Moncada homered to right14
            Garcia homered to right center, Sanchez scored13
          • 3RD INNING
            Moncada homered to left center11
          • 2ND INNING
            Duda homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Alex Colome relieved Kelvin Herrera
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to right, O'Hearn out at second
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda popped out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Nate Jones
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Gordon flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Newberry Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso homered to right
            • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Jimenez grounded out to third
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jace Fry relieved Reynaldo Lopez
            • Adam Engel in center field
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda lined out to left
            • Nate Jones relieved Jace Fry
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Owings grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Gallagher flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Newberry relieved Jorge Lopez
            • L. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada lined out to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Abreu struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn grounded out to third, Dozier out at second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Soler grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo doubled to deep right center
            • D. Palka: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Palka grounded out to third
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Gallagher lined out to center
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton flied out to deep left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • L. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Garcia homered to right center, Sanchez scored
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada homered to right
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso doubled to deep left
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler singled to left center
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda singled to right center, Soler to third
            • C. Owings: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Owings grounded out to second, Duda out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to right
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez singled to center, Alonso to second
            • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second, Alonso to third, Jimenez out at second
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield popped out to catcher
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada homered to left center
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Duda homered to right
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gallagher fouled out to first
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso singled to deep left
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jimenez struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to third, Alonso out at second
            • W. Castillo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Anderson stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castillo walked
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Gordon to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)