Jiménez hits long home run, leading López, White Sox over KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Once Reynaldo Lopez went one pitch at a time, things worked out fine.

Following three consecutive poor outings, Lopez pitched six effective innings against Kansas City on Sunday. And backed by a 471-foot homer from Eloy Jimenez, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Royals 5-2.

''The biggest difference was that I was able to clear my mind and be focused on the pitches I needed to execute,'' Lopez said through a translator. ''In the past, I was thinking about other pitches in the game, or my mechanics.''

''I was able to clear my and stay focused all through the game,'' he said.

A day after Lucas Giolito shut down the Royals in a 2-0 victory, Lopez (4-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Lopez had been struggling recently, giving up 19 earned runs in his last 13 1/3 innings over his previous three starts.

''All my pitches were good today,'' he said. ''I was able to command, execute and finish all my pitches the way I know I can do it.

''I know that this team needs me, and I need to perform at my best every time I'm out there. We're fighting every day and we want to win every time we're on the field. Today was a step forward to that purpose,'' he said.

His manager appreciated the difference.

''He threw very, very well,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''His curveball was working very well, and his slider was working well. He was using it for punchouts. He commanded his fastball a little better. All in all, much better in catching the strike zone and mixing in his secondary pitches.''

Yoan Moncada had four hits and an RBI for the White Sox, who lost the series opener but had back-to-back solid pitching performances to take the last two games.

The Royals are 0-6 in rubber games in 2019, continuing a streak that started early last season. Kansas City has lost 14 straight rubber games, dating to May 30, 2018, and is now 0-14-2 in its last 16 series.

They struck out 11 times, the 11th time in 16 games they've reached double-figures.

''We're on a strikeout run here,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''We're striking out a bunch, but they're not on strikes, generally. They're on pitches down below the zone. Curveballs give us a bit of a problem here lately, and we keep swinging at them.''

Glenn Sparkman (1-2) gave up two earned runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Jimenez led off the second with the longest home run at Kauffman Stadium since Brandon Moss hit a 474-foot drive for the Royals against the Twins July 1, 2017. The White Sox added an unearned run later in the inning on Charlie Tilson's double.

''Nah,'' Jimenez said through a smile when asked if that was the farthest home run he'd hit. ''In a game, I hit one 490 in spring training. This was my first in the majors in a game that counted.''

Jorge Soler hit a 445-foot shot homer in the fourth, snapping Kansas City's 13-inning scoreless drought.

The White Sox got a run in each of the last three innings, on Moncada's single that scored Tilson in the seventh, an eighth-inning double by Tim Anderson and an unearned run in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals 1B Lucas Duda continues on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He's 12 for 35 with one home run and three doubles in 10 games with the Storm Chasers. He's been on the IL since April 26 with a lumbar strain.

ROSTER NEWS

White Sox RHP Dylan Covey was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 6. The White Sox recalled RHP Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Charlotte. Vieira is 1-0 with 2.08 ERA in three relief appearances with the White Sox this season. He was 3-1 with 17 saves and 24 strikeouts in 17 appearances in Charlotte.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Open a six-game, seven-day homestand Monday against the Washington Nationals. Renteria said the White Sox would make the decision on their starter Monday after talking to the players who may be affected by any roster moves. The Nationals swept a two-game series from Chicago on June 4-5, including winning on a walk-off home run by Trea Turner in the second game.

Royals: Will have Monday off before opening a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.63 ERA) will start for the Royals against Spencer Turnbull (3-5, 3.01 ERA).

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KC20-45
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  • W: R. Lopez (4-6)L: G. Sparkman (1-2)
  • HR: CHW - E. Jimenez (8), KC - J. Soler (17)
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E. Jimenez LF52211013.235.283.430.7138.5
W. Castillo C50100004.188.284.344.6281.0
T. Anderson SS40210001.324.354.495.8494.0
Y. Sanchez 2B41000002.249.330.302.6321.0
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    W. Merrifield RF40000023.294.344.480.823-1.0
    A. Gordon LF40000022.279.360.489.849-1.0
    A. Mondesi SS40000031.273.307.462.769-1.5
    J. Soler DH32211100.241.293.510.8039.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B40110001.314.333.600.9333.0
    K. Gutierrez 3B40100021.269.296.373.6691.0
    N. Lopez 2B40100002.213.260.287.5471.0
    M. Maldonado C40100012.205.295.276.5710.5
    B. Hamilton CF10000211.228.307.281.5883.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Jimenez (5), T. Anderson (10), C. Tilson (5)
      • HR - E. Jimenez (8)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (39), E. Jimenez (17), T. Anderson (29), C. Tilson (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (14), T. Anderson (9), C. Tilson (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia, J. Abreu 2 (2), W. Castillo 3 (3), T. Anderson, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cuthbert, K. Gutierrez (2)
      • HR - J. Soler (17)
      • RBI - J. Soler (44), C. Cuthbert (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, A. Mondesi, N. Lopez, M. Maldonado 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Hamilton (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
      • E - K. Gutierrez (2), N. Lopez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (W, 4-6)6.04111816.211.6126.0
      E. Marshall (H, 4)1.01000000.000.792.0
      A. Bummer (H, 5)1.00001200.490.603.0
      K. Herrera1.01111107.131.710.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (W, 4-6)6.0
      E. Marshall (H, 4)1.0
      A. Bummer (H, 5)1.0
      K. Herrera1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (L, 1-2)6.28321213.581.306.0
      S. Barlow1.12110105.681.360.5
      K. McCarthy1.02101106.141.910.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (L, 1-2)6.2
      S. Barlow1.1
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 96-65, E. Marshall 11-7, A. Bummer 17-10, K. Herrera 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 5-4, E. Marshall 2-1, K. Herrera 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 22, E. Marshall 4, A. Bummer 4, K. Herrera 5
      PITCHING
      • IBB - K. McCarthy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 96-67, S. Barlow 25-18, K. McCarthy 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 10-8, S. Barlow 1-2, K. McCarthy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 29, S. Barlow 6, K. McCarthy 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Garcia CF50000023.281.318.348.666-1.0
      Y. Moncada 3B50410000.294.348.508.8565.0
      J. Abreu 1B50100013.250.298.504.8020.5
      J. McCann DH40000102.325.370.483.8541.0
      E. Jimenez LF52211013.235.283.430.7138.5
      W. Castillo C50100004.188.284.344.6281.0
      T. Anderson SS40210001.324.354.495.8494.0
      Y. Sanchez 2B41000002.249.330.302.6321.0
      C. Tilson RF32210100.274.336.349.6857.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield RF40000023.294.344.480.823-1.0
        A. Gordon LF40000022.279.360.489.849-1.0
        A. Mondesi SS40000031.273.307.462.769-1.5
        J. Soler DH32211100.241.293.510.8039.0
        C. Cuthbert 1B40110001.314.333.600.9333.0
        K. Gutierrez 3B40100021.269.296.373.6691.0
        N. Lopez 2B40100002.213.260.287.5471.0
        M. Maldonado C40100012.205.295.276.5710.5
        B. Hamilton CF10000211.228.307.281.5883.5
        G. Sparkman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total32262131113-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Jimenez (5), T. Anderson (10), C. Tilson (5)
          • HR - E. Jimenez (8)
          • RBI - Y. Moncada (39), E. Jimenez (17), T. Anderson (29), C. Tilson (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada (14), T. Anderson (9), C. Tilson (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia, J. Abreu 2 (2), W. Castillo 3 (3), T. Anderson, Y. Sanchez 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Cuthbert, K. Gutierrez (2)
          • HR - J. Soler (17)
          • RBI - J. Soler (44), C. Cuthbert (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, A. Mondesi, N. Lopez, M. Maldonado 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Hamilton (12)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
          • E - K. Gutierrez (2), N. Lopez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Lopez (W, 4-6)6.04111816.211.6126.0
          E. Marshall (H, 4)1.01000000.000.792.0
          A. Bummer (H, 5)1.00001200.490.603.0
          K. Herrera1.01111107.131.710.5
          Total9.06223111---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Lopez (W, 4-6)6.0
          E. Marshall (H, 4)1.0
          A. Bummer (H, 5)1.0
          K. Herrera1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (L, 1-2)6.28321213.581.306.0
          S. Barlow1.12110105.681.360.5
          K. McCarthy1.02101106.141.910.5
          Total9.01253241---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (L, 1-2)6.2
          S. Barlow1.1
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 96-65, E. Marshall 11-7, A. Bummer 17-10, K. Herrera 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 5-4, E. Marshall 2-1, K. Herrera 2-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 22, E. Marshall 4, A. Bummer 4, K. Herrera 5
          PITCHING
          • IBB - K. McCarthy (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 96-67, S. Barlow 25-18, K. McCarthy 19-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 10-8, S. Barlow 1-2, K. McCarthy 2-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 29, S. Barlow 6, K. McCarthy 7
          • 9TH INNING
            Cuthbert doubled to deep left, Soler scored52
            Abreu safe at first on 2nd baseman Lopez throwing error, Tilson scored, Moncada to third, Abreu to second51
          • 8TH INNING
            Anderson doubled to right center, Jimenez scored41
          • 7TH INNING
            Moncada singled to left center, Tilson scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Soler homered to left center21
          • 2ND INNING
            Tilson doubled to left, Sanchez scored20
            Jimenez homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Scott Barlow
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tilson singled to left
            • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada reached on an infield single to shortstop, Tilson to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu safe at first on 2nd baseman Lopez throwing error, Tilson scored, Moncada to third, Abreu to second
            • J. McCann: McCann intentionally walked
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez flied out to shallow right
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo reached on fielder's choice to third, McCann out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Aaron Bummer
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert doubled to deep left, Soler scored
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez grounded out to first, Cuthbert to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to second
            • E. Jimenez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Jimenez doubled to deep left
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Castillo flied out to center, Jimenez to third
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson doubled to right center, Jimenez scored
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Aaron Bummer relieved Evan Marshall
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez fouled out to third
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tilson walked
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to pitcher, Tilson to second
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada singled to left center, Tilson scored
            • Scott Barlow relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Evan Marshall relieved Reynaldo Lopez
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert grounded out to first
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Gutierrez flied out to deep right
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez singled to left center
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to right
            • E. Jimenez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jimenez flied out to center
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castillo singled to right
            • T. Anderson: Anderson lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon lined out to right
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson lined out to center
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada singled to center
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado singled to shallow right
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jimenez struck out looking
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castillo grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to shallow left center
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to left center
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Abreu: Abreu flied out to deep center
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamilton walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Jimenez homered to center
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez safe at first on 3rd baseman Gutierrez fielding error
            • C. Tilson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Tilson doubled to left, Sanchez scored
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Soler singled to center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soler out at second
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Ball, Gutierrez doubled to left center
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moncada singled to right
            • J. Abreu: Abreu singled to right, Moncada to third
            • J. McCann: McCann grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Abreu out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)