Junis, Lopez lead Royals past White Sox 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jakob Junis overcame an uncertain start against the Chicago White Sox.

Junis struck out a career-high 10 and Nicky Lopez drove in a pair of runs as Kansas City beat the White Sox 5-2 on Monday night. It was the Royals' third win in four games since the All-Star break.

''My command early wasn't the greatest but it got better,'' Junis said. ''My fastball command got better as the game went along. Probably the sharpest my slider has been all year.

The Royals beat Lucas Giolito for the first time and thwarted his bid for a 12th victory. The right-hander entered the game 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 previous career starts against Kansas City. After an eight-game winning streak, Giolito is 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA in his last five starts.

''I kind of lost my slider in the middle of the game and they took advantage - a lot better than they have in the past - of mistakes,'' Giolito said. ''Overall, I thought it was OK. Just a few pitches that I left over the middle that they were able to take advantage of.''

Junis (5-8) worked seven innings and gave up one run, James McCann's 10th homer of the season.

''It probably went about a thousand feet, I didn't even look at it,'' Junis said.

Actually the McCann's shot to left field traveled 430 feet.

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.358, 19 for 53) with a bunt single in the seventh. He leads the majors with 122 hits.

Giolito (11-4) was hit on his left shoulder by a wicked line drive off the bat of Lopez. The ball ricocheted into right field and Lopez got a double.

The Royals got to Giolito in the fourth inning. Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier had back-to-back doubles for the Royals' first run. Dozier advanced on a wild pitch and scored on single by Cheslor Cuthbert, making the score 2-0.

Giolito was removed after the six innings and 94 pitches. Dozier and Lopez each had two hits off the White Sox ace.

''I came in with a pretty good plan and I just tried to get a good pitch to hit and put some good swings on it. And I think that's what we all did,'' Lopez said. ''We all put some pretty good swings on him, better than the past times we faced him.''

Jon Jay went 4-for-4 for the White Sox with two doubles and two singles but didn't score a run. The Sox stranded 10 runners.

Royals closer Ian Kennedy worked a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

BARLOW RETURNS

Scott Barlow was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday to fill the roster spot vacated by pitcher Homer Bailey. Barlow was on the opening-day roster and made 30 appearances (2-1, one save, 6.19 ERA) before he was sent down July 1. He gave up three runs, including two homers, in his last two games for the Royals. He worked three scoreless outings Omaha. ''I think the biggest thing was just being comfortable, just getting a little confidence back,'' Barlow said.

Barlow relieved Junis in the eighth and gave up a walk and single before a strikeout. Jake Diekman relieved him and the White Sox scored a run on an error before the lefty pitched out of a bases-loaded jam.

WHITE SOX MAKE MOVE

Rookie catcher Zack Collins was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's loss. The White Sox will make a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's game. Collins, who homered in his first major league at-bat on June 21 at Texas, batted .077 (2-for-26) in nine games for Chicago. ''I think the information that he gathered here on all sides of the ball, he'll be able to now put into practice and be able to work through some things that were talked about here,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''I think this served a great purpose for him. It was really valuable. I'm glad he was here.''

MINOR NO-HITTER

Right-hander Jonathan Bowlan pitched a nine-inning no-hitter for the Royals' Class A club in Wilmington, Delaware, with nine strikeouts and no walks in a 3-0 win over Carolina. One Carolina batter reached on an error in the second inning. Bowlan was a second-round draft choice in 2018.

RENTERIA VIEW ON DEALS

There's a different feel as the improving White Sox, who lost 100 games last season, approach the trading deadline, according to Renteria. ''I think we're in a different mode ... We're starting to settle down a little bit and starting to turn the corner in terms of who we are, in terms of acquisitions and/or moving players.

''I think they've gotten better,'' he said. ''They're scratching the surface of where they're ultimately going to be, which may put us in a better position ... as an organization moving forward. But, definitely a different situation.''

UP NEXT

The second of the four-game series on Tuesday matches White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and Royals RHP Glenn Sparkman (2-5, 5.18 ERA), the first start for each since the All-Star break. ''I think it'll be 12 days in between starts. It's a long time, but I'm not worried about it by any means,'' Cease said. ''I've been throwing every day, so I'm keeping that feel.''

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  • W: J. Junis (5-8)L: L. Giolito (11-4)S: I. Kennedy (14)
  • HR: CHW - J. McCann (10)
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  • a-walked for Reed in the 8th
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A. Mondesi SS40000023.264.293.432.725-1.0
A. Gordon LF41110001.274.353.443.7964.0
H. Dozier 3B42210011.281.364.525.8895.5
J. Soler DH21000211.246.318.517.8352.5
C. Cuthbert 1B40210002.290.315.442.7573.0
N. Lopez 2B40220002.240.282.319.6015.0
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a- C. Gallagher PH-C10000102.209.277.275.5521.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Maldonado in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Jay 2 (5)
  • HR - J. McCann (10)
  • RBI - J. McCann (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada, J. McCann, A. Reed 3 (3), Y. Sanchez 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Gordon (24), H. Dozier (17), N. Lopez (11), M. Maldonado (15)
  • SH - M. Maldonado (2)
  • RBI - A. Gordon (57), H. Dozier (47), C. Cuthbert (21), N. Lopez 2 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (12), N. Lopez (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Mondesi, H. Dozier, N. Lopez, C. Gallagher 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Sanchez-Garcia-Abreu)
  • E - J. Abreu (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-Cuthbert)
  • E - H. Dozier (4), A. Mondesi (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Giolito (L, 11-4)6.07331503.231.087.5
J. Osich1.02110104.961.130.5
J. Ruiz1.01112006.382.08-1.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Giolito (L, 11-4)6.0
J. Osich1.0
J. Ruiz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Junis (W, 5-8)7.051121015.081.4228.0
S. Barlow (H, 4)0.11111106.381.58-2.5
J. Diekman (H, 15)0.21001104.971.37-1.5
I. Kennedy (S, 14)1.01001103.321.248.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Junis (W, 5-8)7.0
S. Barlow (H, 4)0.1
J. Diekman (H, 15)0.2
I. Kennedy (S, 14)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Giolito (4), J. Ruiz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 94-67, J. Osich 17-13, J. Ruiz 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 7-6, J. Osich 2-0, J. Ruiz 3-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, J. Osich 5, J. Ruiz 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Junis (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 107-68, S. Barlow 14-9, J. Diekman 14-10, I. Kennedy 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-3, J. Diekman 1-0, I. Kennedy 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Junis 28, S. Barlow 3, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 3B41100122.305.363.530.8922.0
J. Abreu 1B50100003.271.307.503.8101.0
J. McCann C41111033.310.365.500.8654.5
J. Jay RF40400000.353.393.451.8446.0
E. Jimenez LF40100004.244.307.483.7911.0
A. Reed DH30000034.100.182.100.282-1.5
a- J. Rondon PH-DH00000100.203.277.297.5731.0
Y. Sanchez 2B40000034.246.312.309.621-1.5
C. Tilson CF40000010.234.299.291.589-0.5
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  • a-walked for Reed in the 8th
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A. Mondesi SS40000023.264.293.432.725-1.0
A. Gordon LF41110001.274.353.443.7964.0
H. Dozier 3B42210011.281.364.525.8895.5
J. Soler DH21000211.246.318.517.8352.5
C. Cuthbert 1B40210002.290.315.442.7573.0
N. Lopez 2B40220002.240.282.319.6015.0
M. Maldonado C1010-000.227.291.366.000-
a- C. Gallagher PH-C10000102.209.277.275.5521.0
B. Hamilton CF41100025.217.284.270.5541.0
J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Maldonado in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Jay 2 (5)
  • HR - J. McCann (10)
  • RBI - J. McCann (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada, J. McCann, A. Reed 3 (3), Y. Sanchez 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Gordon (24), H. Dozier (17), N. Lopez (11), M. Maldonado (15)
  • SH - M. Maldonado (2)
  • RBI - A. Gordon (57), H. Dozier (47), C. Cuthbert (21), N. Lopez 2 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (12), N. Lopez (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Mondesi, H. Dozier, N. Lopez, C. Gallagher 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Sanchez-Garcia-Abreu)
  • E - J. Abreu (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-Cuthbert)
  • E - H. Dozier (4), A. Mondesi (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Giolito (L, 11-4)6.07331503.231.087.5
J. Osich1.02110104.961.130.5
J. Ruiz1.01112006.382.08-1.0
Total8.01055360---
PITCHERSIP
L. Giolito (L, 11-4)6.0
J. Osich1.0
J. Ruiz1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Junis (W, 5-8)7.051121015.081.4228.0
S. Barlow (H, 4)0.11111106.381.58-2.5
J. Diekman (H, 15)0.21001104.971.37-1.5
I. Kennedy (S, 14)1.01001103.321.248.5
Total9.08225131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Junis (W, 5-8)7.0
S. Barlow (H, 4)0.1
J. Diekman (H, 15)0.2
I. Kennedy (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Giolito (4), J. Ruiz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 94-67, J. Osich 17-13, J. Ruiz 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 7-6, J. Osich 2-0, J. Ruiz 3-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, J. Osich 5, J. Ruiz 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Junis (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 107-68, S. Barlow 14-9, J. Diekman 14-10, I. Kennedy 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-3, J. Diekman 1-0, I. Kennedy 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Junis 28, S. Barlow 3, J. Diekman 4, I. Kennedy 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Lopez safe at first on 1st baseman Abreu fielding error, Soler scored, Cuthbert to third25
    Jay reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moncada scored, Abreu to second on shortstop Mondesi throwing error24
  • 7TH INNING
    Gordon grounded out to first, Hamilton scored, Merrifield to third14
  • 6TH INNING
    Lopez singled to left, Dozier scored, Soler to second13
    McCann homered to left12
  • 4TH INNING
    Cuthbert singled to right, Dozier scored02
    Dozier doubled to deep left, Gordon scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
    • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada singled to left center, Garcia to second
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moncada out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Junis
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu singled to left, Moncada to second
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Jake Diekman relieved Scott Barlow
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moncada scored, Abreu to second on shortstop Mondesi throwing error
    • E. Jimenez: Foul, Jimenez reached on fielder's choice to third, Abreu out at third, Jay to third on 3rd baseman Dozier throwing error
    • Jose Rondon hit for AJ Reed
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rondon walked
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • Jose Ruiz relieved Josh Osich
    • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert singled to right, Soler to second
    • N. Lopez: Ball, Soler to third, Cuthbert to second on wild pitch, Ball, Lopez safe at first on 1st baseman Abreu fielding error, Soler scored, Cuthbert to third
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cuthbert out at home, Lopez to third, Gallagher to second
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hamilton out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to second
    • C. Tilson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tilson lined out to left
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Osich relieved Lucas Giolito
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton singled to left
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield reached on bunt single to shortstop, Hamilton to second
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to third, Hamilton to third, Merrifield to second
    • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first, Hamilton scored, Merrifield to third
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann homered to left
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Jay doubled to left center
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jimenez lined out to center
    • A. Reed: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to deep left
    • H. Dozier: Dozier singled to left
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Dozier to second
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Cuthbert fouled out to right, Dozier to third
    • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Lopez singled to left, Dozier scored, Soler to second
    • Cam Gallagher hit for Martin Maldonado
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler out at third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Tilson grounded out to second
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia to second on wild pitch, Foul, Moncada grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado doubled to deep left
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hamilton struck out on foul tip
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Maldonado out at third
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu grounded out to second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Ball, Jay singled to center
    • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jimenez singled to right, Jay to third
    • A. Reed: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right center
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep left, Gordon scored
    • J. Soler: Ball, Dozier to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cuthbert singled to right, Dozier scored
    • N. Lopez: Foul, Lopez flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson lined out to first
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez doubled to right center
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lopez to third
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay doubled to deep center
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Reed: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reed struck out looking
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert fouled out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
    • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to pitcher, Garcia to second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Giolito Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)