Mondesi, Royals jump on Rays early, hold on for 3-2 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Adalberto Mondesi hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday in the opener of a doubleheader.

Jakob Junis (3-2) won his second consecutive start, both against the Rays, after winning at Tampa Bay on April 24. He allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out two.

Mondesi is batting .338 (24-for-71) with 12 extra-base hits at Kauffman Stadium, the most by any AL player in his home park. He is second in the AL in RBIs with 26.

The Royals jumped on Rays opener Ryne Stanek (0-1). Whit Merrifield led off with a double and stole third before Mondesi drilled his fourth homer this season to right field. Alex Gordon walked and later scored as the first four batters reached safely.

Tampa Bay began the day having allowed just four first-inning runs while scoring 29, both best in the majors. Stanek had made seven scoreless appearances as the opener this year, holding opponents to a .114 batting average (4-for-35). His lone inning Wednesday increased his ERA from 1.20 to 2.81.

Jalen Beeks took over in the second and limited the Royals to one hit over 6 2/3 innings, fanning six.

Ian Kennedy worked two scoreless innings for his second save in three chances.

The Royals benefited from an unusual baserunning gaffe in the fourth, when Avisail Garcia was called out on appeal for failing to retouch second base. After Gordon caught Kevin Kiermaier's long drive to left, Garcia appeared to touch second and make a slight turn toward third before running directly back to first.

Kansas City became the last AL team to reach double digits in wins.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rays added RHP Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham as their 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader, while the Royals recalled RHP Glenn Sparkman from Omaha to start the second game.

UP NEXT

Blake Snell (2-2, 2.54 ERA), last year's AL Cy Young winner, starts in the second game against Sparkman (0-1, 8.10), who is making his first start of the season.

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  • W: J. Junis (3-2)L: R. Stanek (0-1)S: I. Kennedy (2)
  • HR: KC - A. Mondesi (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Lowe 2B40200011.298.356.564.9201.5
T. Pham LF40100002.292.411.453.8641.0
J. Choi DH40000013.282.381.437.818-0.5
Y. Diaz 3B40000002.286.381.571.9530.0
N. Lowe 1B40100011.250.333.375.7080.5
A. Garcia RF41200000.257.306.455.7614.0
K. Kiermaier CF21000202.260.327.448.7755.0
W. Adames SS40220002.213.275.319.5945.0
M. Perez C20000001.243.349.351.7000.0
a- M. Zunino PH-C20000022.217.250.406.656-1.0
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J. Beeks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-struck out for Perez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41100011.287.343.484.8274.5
A. Mondesi SS41121010.286.310.521.8316.5
A. Gordon LF21000100.295.398.533.9323.0
H. Dozier 1B30100110.348.449.6851.1344.5
J. Soler DH30000014.221.276.469.745-0.5
K. Gutierrez 3B30010003.286.333.286.6191.0
C. Owings RF30000021.152.215.263.478-1.0
M. Maldonado C30100010.182.259.273.5321.5
T. Gore PR00000000.438.471.6251.096-1.0
C. Gallagher C00000000.154.185.154.3390.0
B. Hamilton CF20000100.211.299.276.5751.0
J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Garcia (6), W. Adames (5)
    • RBI - W. Adames 2 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe, J. Choi, Y. Diaz, N. Lowe, W. Adames, M. Perez, M. Zunino
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (6), H. Dozier (5), M. Maldonado (4)
    • HR - A. Mondesi (4)
    • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (26), K. Gutierrez (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, K. Gutierrez 2 (2), C. Owings
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (6), H. Dozier
    • CS - T. Gore (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (4)
    • DP - (Gordon-Mondesi-Merrifield)
    • E - I. Kennedy
    • PB - M. Maldonado (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek (L, 0-1)1.03331012.811.06-9.0
    J. Beeks6.21002602.451.2121.0
    H. Wood0.10000100.001.110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek (L, 0-1)1.0
    J. Beeks6.2
    H. Wood0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (W, 3-2)6.16222205.121.4519.0
    J. Diekman (H, 3)0.20000103.551.030.5
    I. Kennedy (S, 2)2.02000201.151.1512.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (W, 3-2)6.1
    J. Diekman (H, 3)0.2
    I. Kennedy (S, 2)2.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Beeks (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 28-18, J. Beeks 84-52, H. Wood 6-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 3-0, J. Beeks 6-7
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 23, H. Wood
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 89-56, J. Diekman 7-7, I. Kennedy 32-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-10, I. Kennedy 3-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, J. Diekman 2, I. Kennedy 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Lowe 2B40200011.298.356.564.9201.5
    T. Pham LF40100002.292.411.453.8641.0
    J. Choi DH40000013.282.381.437.818-0.5
    Y. Diaz 3B40000002.286.381.571.9530.0
    N. Lowe 1B40100011.250.333.375.7080.5
    A. Garcia RF41200000.257.306.455.7614.0
    K. Kiermaier CF21000202.260.327.448.7755.0
    W. Adames SS40220002.213.275.319.5945.0
    M. Perez C20000001.243.349.351.7000.0
    a- M. Zunino PH-C20000022.217.250.406.656-1.0
    R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Beeks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3428202516-----
    • a-struck out for Perez in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41100011.287.343.484.8274.5
    A. Mondesi SS41121010.286.310.521.8316.5
    A. Gordon LF21000100.295.398.533.9323.0
    H. Dozier 1B30100110.348.449.6851.1344.5
    J. Soler DH30000014.221.276.469.745-0.5
    K. Gutierrez 3B30010003.286.333.286.6191.0
    C. Owings RF30000021.152.215.263.478-1.0
    M. Maldonado C30100010.182.259.273.5321.5
    T. Gore PR00000000.438.471.6251.096-1.0
    C. Gallagher C00000000.154.185.154.3390.0
    B. Hamilton CF20000100.211.299.276.5751.0
    J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total273431379-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Garcia (6), W. Adames (5)
      • RBI - W. Adames 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe, J. Choi, Y. Diaz, N. Lowe, W. Adames, M. Perez, M. Zunino
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (6), H. Dozier (5), M. Maldonado (4)
      • HR - A. Mondesi (4)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (26), K. Gutierrez (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, K. Gutierrez 2 (2), C. Owings
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (6), H. Dozier
      • CS - T. Gore (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (4)
      • DP - (Gordon-Mondesi-Merrifield)
      • E - I. Kennedy
      • PB - M. Maldonado (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek (L, 0-1)1.03331012.811.06-9.0
      J. Beeks6.21002602.451.2121.0
      H. Wood0.10000100.001.110.5
      Total8.0433371---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek (L, 0-1)1.0
      J. Beeks6.2
      H. Wood0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 3-2)6.16222205.121.4519.0
      J. Diekman (H, 3)0.20000103.551.030.5
      I. Kennedy (S, 2)2.02000201.151.1512.0
      Total9.0822250---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 3-2)6.1
      J. Diekman (H, 3)0.2
      I. Kennedy (S, 2)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Beeks (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 28-18, J. Beeks 84-52, H. Wood 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 3-0, J. Beeks 6-7
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 23, H. Wood
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 89-56, J. Diekman 7-7, I. Kennedy 32-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-10, I. Kennedy 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, J. Diekman 2, I. Kennedy 8
      • 2ND INNING
        Adames doubled to deep right, Garcia and Kiermaier scored23
      • 1ST INNING
        Gutierrez grounded out to shortstop, Gordon scored03
        Mondesi homered to right center, Merrifield scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Adames singled to center
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Adames to second on Kennedy throwing error, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
        • Cam Gallagher catching
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham singled to center
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Choi flied out to center
        • Y. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to pitcher, Pham to second
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Hunter Wood relieved Jalen Beeks
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Foul, Adames flied out to deep right, Kiermaier to third
        • Jake Diekman relieved Jake Junis
        • Mike Zunino hit for Michael Perez
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado doubled to left
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
        • Terrance Gore ran for Martin Maldonado
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Gore picked off at third, pitcher to third, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Lowe flied out to deep center
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep right
        • J. Soler: Ball, Soler flied out to left
        • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Perez popped out to third
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lowe singled to right
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham fouled out to first
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Choi flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Lowe singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to left center, Lowe to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier lined into double play left to shortstop to second, Garcia out at first
        • W. Adames: Adames flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Lowe singled to right
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham flied out to right
        • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Beeks Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Gordon to second
        • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • K. Gutierrez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gutierrez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to center
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia doubled to left center
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames doubled to deep right, Garcia and Kiermaier scored
        • M. Perez: Ball, Adames to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jalen Beeks relieved Ryne Stanek
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton flied out to left
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to third
        • J. Choi: Ball, Choi grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left center
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Mondesi homered to right center, Merrifield scored
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to deep right center, Gordon to third
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez grounded out to shortstop, Gordon scored
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Dozier stole third, Ball, Owings grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)