Gordon powers Royals to 5-1 win over Phillies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ned Yost saw that Alex Gordon was dragging a little bit early in the week. So the Kansas City manager gave the outfielder a day off Wednesday. With the team not playing Thursday, Gordon had two full days to rest.

The move paid off in a big way as he homered twice to drive in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Friday night.

''I definitely felt it. I felt fresh and felt good,'' Gordon said.

Gordon hit a two-run home run over the bullpen in right field in the bottom of the first inning and added a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.

Gordon's second home run was the 1,500th hit of his career and gave him the fifth multihomer game of his career and first since August 20, 2016.

''It's cool. I'm lucky to play this game as long as I have and very humbled by 1,500 hits and I'm just happy that I'm still able to do it,'' Gordon said.

Homer Bailey (4-3) gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings, and Scott Barlow struck out a career-high six in two innings of relief for the Royals. Jorge Soler added his team-leading 10th home run of the season.

''I thought Homer was good,'' Yost said. ''I didn't think he was great, but he was good. I thought he continued to make pitches all night long. He just executed pitches all night long.''

Bailey left after giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth. Barlow came in and pitched around a one-out walk to strike out the side and leave the bases loaded, then struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

''I thought it was an opportunity for us to do some damage. That's for sure,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Obviously you want to drive the ball in that situation, but it's round ball, round bat, and sometimes you do everything in your power and the other guy just beats you. I think that's what happened in that situation. Barlow pitched a good inning there.''

After giving up 10 runs in 10 innings over his first two starts, Bailey has allowed just 12 runs in his last six outings with a 3.48 ERA over 31 innings.

Jake Diekman worked his eighth consecutive scoreless outing, striking out two batters in the eighth inning and Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth. The Royals' bullpen threw four hitless innings and struck out eight.

''I don't think you could say enough good words about the job the bullpen did tonight,'' Bailey said.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (4-3) also went five-plus innings, giving up four runs and seven hits. He allowed three home runs in a start for the first time since May 29, 2015, against the Royals. Gordon also went deep in that game.

''Just too many mistakes up in the zone,'' Arrieta said. ''The sinker has to be down; it has to be more down, to force him to put the ball on the ground. The one that he hit out in the fourth or fifth inning was too much elevated in a 2-0 count. And the first pitch of the at-bat to Soler was just up. Those need to be down. Three mistakes got hit over the fence. Just need to be better.''

Bryce Harper walked three times and scored Philadelphia's only run of the game, coming home on Odubel Herrera's RBI grounder in the fourth.

BATTLE OF THE BEST

J.T. Realmuto has thrown out 11 baserunners and has a 50% caught stealing rate, both tops in the MLB. Kansas City leads the majors with 37 stolen bases this season with a 72.5% success rate. On Friday, Realmuto caught two of four runners stealing, keeping his 50% mark on the season. Adalberto Mondesi swiped two bags, his 11th and 12th of the season, and is now tied with the Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson for the major league lead.

UNFAMILIAR FOES

Philadelphia had its first regular-season game in Kansas City since June 10, 2007, and just the 13th meeting overall between the two teams. For Philadelphia, it's tied for the fewest games played against any single opponent. It's the second-fewest games played against an opponent for Kansas City, with Friday's game breaking a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Kapler said infielder Scott Kingery (right hamstring strain) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Monday. ... RHP David Robertson (right elbow soreness) and RHP Tommy Hunter (right forearm strain) played catch for first time Friday, but neither is close to a return to game action.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-3, 3.99 ERA) will make his first career start against the Phillies on Saturday. Keller pitched 5 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits and taking a no-decision in a 5-2 loss to Detroit.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (4-3, 3.00 ERA) will face the Royals for the first time.

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  • W: H. Bailey (4-3)L: J. Arrieta (4-3)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon 2 (8), J. Soler (10)
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    W. Merrifield 2B40100001.294.352.531.8840.0
    A. Mondesi SS31100101.277.314.516.8306.0
    A. Gordon LF42232001.291.381.545.92613.0
    H. Dozier 3B41000011.320.415.6401.0550.5
    J. Soler RF21111200.259.315.531.8458.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B20000211.191.313.364.6770.5
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    M. Maldonado C40100012.186.272.255.5270.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Realmuto (7), M. Franco (7)
      • RBI - O. Herrera (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto, C. Hernandez 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Gordon 2 (8), J. Soler (10)
      • SF - K. Gutierrez
      • RBI - A. Gordon 3 (30), J. Soler (25), K. Gutierrez (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, R. O'Hearn, M. Maldonado 2 (2), B. Hamilton 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (12)
      • CS - W. Merrifield (3), A. Mondesi (2), R. O'Hearn
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Segura (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Arrieta (L, 4-3)5.07443533.781.32-1.5
      E. Garcia1.00000103.001.333.5
      E. Ramos0.21000004.661.66-1.0
      J. Alvarez0.20000005.541.540.0
      H. Neris0.20102102.351.04-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Arrieta (L, 4-3)5.0
      E. Garcia1.0
      E. Ramos0.2
      J. Alvarez0.2
      H. Neris0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (W, 4-3)5.04113404.831.3216.0
      S. Barlow (H, 2)2.00001601.961.098.0
      J. Diekman (H, 4)1.00001202.810.883.0
      I. Kennedy1.00000002.451.203.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (W, 4-3)5.0
      S. Barlow (H, 2)2.0
      J. Diekman (H, 4)1.0
      I. Kennedy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 99-61, E. Garcia 9-6, E. Ramos 12-7, J. Alvarez 4-2, H. Neris 21-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 4-5, E. Ramos 1-1, H. Neris 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, E. Garcia 2, E. Ramos 3, J. Alvarez, H. Neris 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 86-53, S. Barlow 30-20, J. Diekman 17-12, I. Kennedy 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 5-5, J. Diekman 1-0, I. Kennedy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 21, S. Barlow 7, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Segura SS40100011.304.345.455.8000.5
      B. Harper DH11100300.237.387.473.8605.0
      R. Hoskins 1B40000035.286.410.6171.026-1.5
      J. Realmuto C30100111.274.340.427.7682.5
      O. Herrera CF30010114.241.289.361.6501.5
      C. Hernandez 2B40000025.296.353.444.798-1.0
      M. Franco 3B40100010.241.315.451.7671.5
      N. Williams RF30000011.180.241.280.521-0.5
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        W. Merrifield 2B40100001.294.352.531.8840.0
        A. Mondesi SS31100101.277.314.516.8306.0
        A. Gordon LF42232001.291.381.545.92613.0
        H. Dozier 3B41000011.320.415.6401.0550.5
        J. Soler RF21111200.259.315.531.8458.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B20000211.191.313.364.6770.5
        K. Gutierrez DH30110021.302.311.442.7531.0
        M. Maldonado C40100012.186.272.255.5270.5
        B. Hamilton CF30100022.213.295.278.5730.0
        H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Realmuto (7), M. Franco (7)
          • RBI - O. Herrera (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto, C. Hernandez 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Gordon 2 (8), J. Soler (10)
          • SF - K. Gutierrez
          • RBI - A. Gordon 3 (30), J. Soler (25), K. Gutierrez (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, R. O'Hearn, M. Maldonado 2 (2), B. Hamilton 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi 2 (12)
          • CS - W. Merrifield (3), A. Mondesi (2), R. O'Hearn
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Segura (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Dozier-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Arrieta (L, 4-3)5.07443533.781.32-1.5
          E. Garcia1.00000103.001.333.5
          E. Ramos0.21000004.661.66-1.0
          J. Alvarez0.20000005.541.540.0
          H. Neris0.20102102.351.04-1.5
          Total8.0854573---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Arrieta (L, 4-3)5.0
          E. Garcia1.0
          E. Ramos0.2
          J. Alvarez0.2
          H. Neris0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Bailey (W, 4-3)5.04113404.831.3216.0
          S. Barlow (H, 2)2.00001601.961.098.0
          J. Diekman (H, 4)1.00001202.810.883.0
          I. Kennedy1.00000002.451.203.0
          Total9.04115120---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Bailey (W, 4-3)5.0
          S. Barlow (H, 2)2.0
          J. Diekman (H, 4)1.0
          I. Kennedy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 99-61, E. Garcia 9-6, E. Ramos 12-7, J. Alvarez 4-2, H. Neris 21-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 4-5, E. Ramos 1-1, H. Neris 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, E. Garcia 2, E. Ramos 3, J. Alvarez, H. Neris 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 86-53, S. Barlow 30-20, J. Diekman 17-12, I. Kennedy 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 5-5, J. Diekman 1-0, I. Kennedy 2-1
          • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 21, S. Barlow 7, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Gutierrez hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored, Soler to third15
          • 6TH INNING
            Soler homered to center14
          • 5TH INNING
            Gordon homered to right center13
          • 4TH INNING
            Herrera grounded out to second, Harper scored, Realmuto to third12
          • 1ST INNING
            Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera lined out to left
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Scott Barlow
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to second
            • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Alvarez Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • Hector Neris relieved Jose Alvarez
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Dozier to second
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Dozier to third, Soler to second
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gutierrez hit sacrifice fly to center, Dozier scored, Soler to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Franco struck out looking
            • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Edubray Ramos relieved Edgar Garcia
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield popped out to first
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hamilton out at second
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Edubray Ramos
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura singled to shallow right center
            • B. Harper: Harper singled to left, Segura to second
            • Scott Barlow relieved Homer Bailey
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked, Segura to third, Harper to second
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to center
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • Edgar Garcia relieved Jake Arrieta
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gutierrez struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Hearn caught stealing second, catcher to second, Maldonado flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Franco grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Williams lined out to center
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to shallow center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon homered to right center
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
            • R. Hoskins: Foul, Hoskins flied out to deep right
            • J. Realmuto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Realmuto doubled to center, Harper to third
            • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to second, Harper scored, Realmuto to third
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Soler lined out to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • K. Gutierrez: Foul, Gutierrez singled to left
            • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Maldonado reached on an infield single to third, Gutierrez to third
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Franco doubled to left
            • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Williams grounded out to second, Franco to third
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen lined out to right
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Mondesi singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gordon lined out to left
            • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to third
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez lined into double play third to first, Herrera out at first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Arrieta Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Mondesi stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)