Voit, Yanks beat KC 7-3, open twinbill with 6th win in row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luke Voit put on quite a power show for his big rooting section at Kauffman Stadium.

With 60 family members and friends in the stands, the Missouri native hit a 470-foot, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning that sent the New York Yankees past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Saturday in the first game of a split doubleheader.

Voit grew up near St. Louis, was drafted by the Royals out of high school, went to Missouri State and made his major league debut with the Cardinals.

''To hit the farthest home run I've probably ever hit in front of them is pretty surreal,'' Voit said.

Voit's two-run drive helped the Yankees win their sixth in a row.

Friday night's game was postponed because of severe thunderstorms, forcing the split twinbill.

J.A. Happ (4-3) threw six strong innings, striking out 10. He allowed only a single hit until a familiar problem showed up in the sixth when Whit Merrifield hit a tying, three-run homer. It was the 14th homer Happ has allowed, tied for second most in the majors.

But unlike past home runs, Happ threw a good pitch, and Merrifield simply put a good swing on the ball.

''You tip your cap. He hit a ball at his shoulders,'' Happ said.

But Yankees manager Aaron Boone won't let one swing take away from Happ's effort.

''It was a dominating effort,'' he said. ''He had swings and misses all day on the fastball. I thought he was just locked in from a focus standpoint, getting the ball and executing pitches all day long.''

Voit quickly restored the Yankees' lead when he connected off Scott Barlow (1-1). Voit also singled and scored in the first inning, scoring from first base on Clint Frazier's two-run double.

''It doesn't matter if I'm hitting, Gary (Sanchez), Gleyber (Torres), whoever. Everybody calls us the Baby Bombers, so I feel like someone will hit a home run or get a big hit,'' Voit said.

Thairo Estrada added some insurance in the eighth with a double into the right field corner that scored Brett Gardner and Frazier. Gardner had three hits and scored twice.

Adam Ottavino and Luis Cessa combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief of Happ.

After Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single and Nicky Lopez singled, Merrifield connected for his seventh home run of the season. Merrifield didn't hit his seventh homer last year until Aug. 5.

''Whit's put himself in a position to be a run producer,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Barlow had his second straight shaky outing for the Royals. His ERA sat at 2.01 after a scoreless outing against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, but got tagged for four runs in 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday in St. Louis and gave up four more runs Saturday in 1 1/3 innings.

''We gave up six runs on three hanging sliders today and Barlow threw two of them,'' Yost said.

Jakob Junis threw six innings, giving up six hits, three runs and striking out seven, giving up little else after the two-run first.

''Good thing I settled in after that,'' Junis said. ''It could've been a long day, but settled in, locked in. Me and (Martin Maldonado) had a good game plan and we executed for the remainder of the game.''

Lopez had a couple of hits in his first game as the Royals' leadoff hitter and Adalberto Mondesi stole his major league-best 18th base.

CONSECUTIVE TWINBILLS

The Royals were back in action for the first time since playing a doubleheader against St. Louis on Wednesday, which also was caused by stormy weather. Kansas City is playing consecutive doubleheaders for just the eighth time in franchise history, and first time since August 13-14, 1983. It's just the second time Kansas City has played consecutive doubleheaders against two different opponents, the other time occurring on April 19 and 22, 1972, against Oakland and the Chicago White Sox.

ROSTER MOVES

Royals: Kansas City recalled LHP Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Richard Lovelady. Lovelady remained with the team as the 26th player for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Flynn hasn't pitched yet this season after spraining the UCL in his throwing arm late in spring training. The 29-year-old lefty appeared in six games for Omaha, allowing 10 runs in 22 2/3 innings pitched. He had a 2-2 record with a 3.57 ERA.

Yankees: Chance Adams was recalled Saturday to serve as New York's 26th player in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Adams threw three scoreless innings in a 13-5 win over Tampa Bay on May 19, his only appearance this season.

UP NEXT

The Royals and Yankees will play Game 2 of their doubleheader Saturday night with a first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Jorge Lopez (0-5) will start for Kansas City and Chad Green (0-2) will be the opener for the Yankees.

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  • W: J. Happ (4-3)L: S. Barlow (1-1)
  • HR: NYY - L. Voit (13), KC - W. Merrifield (7)
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    W. Merrifield RF41231011.296.354.524.8788.5
    A. Mondesi SS40100021.286.319.482.8022.0
    A. Gordon LF40000022.281.380.503.883-1.0
    H. Dozier 1B40000001.294.389.571.9590.0
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    C. Owings 3B30000020.137.199.229.428-1.0
    M. Maldonado C30000010.197.300.254.554-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Frazier (5), T. Estrada (3)
      • 3B - B. Gardner (3)
      • HR - L. Voit (13)
      • SF - G. Urshela (2)
      • RBI - L. Voit 2 (37), C. Frazier 2 (26), G. Urshela (20), T. Estrada 2 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Frazier 2 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, L. Voit 2 (2), G. Torres, B. Gardner, C. Maybin
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Merrifield (7)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, J. Soler
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (18)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Sanchez (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 4-3)6.043301015.091.2326.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 11)1.00000001.481.193.0
      L. Cessa2.02000103.331.274.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 4-3)6.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 11)1.0
      L. Cessa2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis6.06332705.581.4813.5
      S. Barlow (L, 1-1)1.14441114.621.26-10.5
      W. Peralta1.20000205.481.614.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis6.0
      S. Barlow (L, 1-1)1.1
      W. Peralta1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 82-59, A. Ottavino 19-12, L. Cessa 28-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 2-6, L. Cessa 2-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, A. Ottavino 3, L. Cessa 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-64, S. Barlow 28-17, W. Peralta 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-4, W. Peralta 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, S. Barlow 9, W. Peralta 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      L. Voit 1B52221002.266.376.516.8929.0
      G. Sanchez C40000132.268.345.654.999-0.5
      G. Torres SS50000023.293.337.549.886-1.0
      C. Frazier DH31120100.260.295.520.8166.0
      B. Gardner LF42300001.240.323.455.7789.0
      G. Urshela 3B30110013.333.379.467.8451.5
      T. Estrada 2B40220011.318.348.591.9394.5
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        A. Mondesi SS40100021.286.319.482.8022.0
        A. Gordon LF40000022.281.380.503.883-1.0
        H. Dozier 1B40000001.294.389.571.9590.0
        J. Soler DH40000011.243.296.481.778-0.5
        C. Owings 3B30000020.137.199.229.428-1.0
        M. Maldonado C30000010.197.300.254.554-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Frazier (5), T. Estrada (3)
          • 3B - B. Gardner (3)
          • HR - L. Voit (13)
          • SF - G. Urshela (2)
          • RBI - L. Voit 2 (37), C. Frazier 2 (26), G. Urshela (20), T. Estrada 2 (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Frazier 2 (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, L. Voit 2 (2), G. Torres, B. Gardner, C. Maybin
          BATTING
          • HR - W. Merrifield (7)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, J. Soler
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Gardner (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (18)
          FIELDING
          • E - G. Sanchez (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (W, 4-3)6.043301015.091.2326.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 11)1.00000001.481.193.0
          L. Cessa2.02000103.331.274.5
          Total9.06330111---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (W, 4-3)6.0
          A. Ottavino (H, 11)1.0
          L. Cessa2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis6.06332705.581.4813.5
          S. Barlow (L, 1-1)1.14441114.621.26-10.5
          W. Peralta1.20000205.481.614.0
          Total9.010773101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis6.0
          S. Barlow (L, 1-1)1.1
          W. Peralta1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 82-59, A. Ottavino 19-12, L. Cessa 28-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 2-6, L. Cessa 2-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, A. Ottavino 3, L. Cessa 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-64, S. Barlow 28-17, W. Peralta 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-4, W. Peralta 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, S. Barlow 9, W. Peralta 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Estrada doubled to deep left, Frazier and Gardner scored73
          • 7TH INNING
            Voit homered to left center, Hicks scored53
          • 6TH INNING
            Merrifield homered to left center, Hamilton and Lopez scored33
            Urshela hit sacrifice fly to right, Gardner scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Frazier doubled to deep right, Hicks and Voit scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • W. Peralta Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Voit grounded out to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • G. Torres: Foul, Strike swinging, Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Mondesi stole second, Mondesi to third on catcher Sanchez throwing error, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gardner reached on bunt single to pitcher, Frazier to second
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Urshela flied out to right
            • T. Estrada: Ball, Estrada doubled to deep left, Frazier and Gardner scored
            • Wily Peralta relieved Scott Barlow
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Luis Cessa relieved Adam Ottavino
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Hamilton flied out to right
            • N. Lopez: Lopez singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Junis
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin lined out to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to center
            • L. Voit: Foul, Voit homered to left center, Hicks scored
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Foul, Torres flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Ottavino relieved J.A. Happ
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler popped out to shortstop
            • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Owings popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Frazier flied out to deep center
            • B. Gardner: Gardner tripled to deep right
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Urshela hit sacrifice fly to right, Gardner scored
            • T. Estrada: Strike looking, Estrada popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado flied out to right
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Foul, Lopez singled to left, Hamilton to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield homered to left center, Hamilton and Lopez scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier popped out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Gardner singled to center
            • G. Urshela: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • T. Estrada: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Estrada struck out swinging, Gardner stole second
            • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • G. Torres: Ball, Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Urshela singled to left
            • T. Estrada: Foul, Estrada singled to left, Urshela to second
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Maybin popped out to second
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to second, Urshela to third, Estrada out at second
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Voit grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler flied out to deep center
            • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • L. Voit: Voit singled to left, Hicks to second
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to deep right, Hicks and Voit scored
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)