Alberto HR gives Orioles 4-1 win over Royals, ending skid

BALTIMORE (AP) It had been a while since the Baltimore Orioles celebrated a victory, so forgive them for getting carried away after finally nabbing their 40th win of a very long season.

Rookie Hunter Harvey got a ride in a laundry cart and wheeled into the shower, where he got drenched in the wake of his first big league victory.

The celebration was put into motion after the Orioles used Hanser Alberto's tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Tuesday night, ending an eight-game skid.

Royals reliever Jacob Barnes (1-2) sandwiched a pair of walks around two outs before Alberto hit a 1-1 pitch into the Baltimore bullpen for his eighth home run. As the ball cleared the wall, Alberto raised his right arm in the air and smiled broadly approaching second base.

''I saw that big gap between left and center field. I just want to hit the ball over the shortstop,'' Alberto said. ''Obviously, I put in a little more power and I get the home run.''

Harvey (1-0) worked a perfect eighth, notching two strikeouts in his first appearance at Camden Yards.

Drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, Harvey endured Tommy John surgery and a variety of before finally making his major league debut last week in Boston. After working a scoreless inning in Fenway Park, the right-hander came up with a heck of an encore against the Royals.

''He's thrown twice and it's been electric stuff both times,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

''It was awesome,'' Harvey said. ''When Hanser hit that home run I kind of got little chill bumps and a little wave went over me for a second because it didn't even feel real.''

Mychal Givens got three outs for his 10th save.

Baltimore had lost 13 of its previous 14 games, including the series opener to Kansas City on Monday.

''It's been tough. It's not a secret,'' Alberto said. ''Hopefully, things changed from tonight, and tomorrow we can win the game and win the series.''

Both starters were very sharp, and neither factored in the decision.

Dylan Bundy allowed the Royals one run and five hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts.

Brad Keller didn't let a runner get past first base until the sixth, when Chance Sisco drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a single. With one out, right fielder Bubba Starling ran far to his right to make a diving catch of a sinking liner by Anthony Santander, and Keller finished his outing by retiring Renato Nunez on a fly ball.

''I had a good game plan going in. I really just stuck with my fastball today,'' the right-hander said.

Keller gave up three hits and left with a 1-0 lead, but his bid to earn his first win since July 24 ended when reliever Richard Lovelady allowed a game-tying single to Rio Ruiz in the seventh.

Royals manager Ned Yost wants to limit Keller's activity to preserve his arm for when Kansas City's rebuild pays off.

''He is one of our main guys moving forward. He's already 20-something innings past what he threw last year and we're not even into September yet,'' Yost said. ''I'm not going to push him for the rest of this year.''

RUTSCHMAN ON RISE

Catcher Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, is moving quickly up Baltimore's minor league chain.

Less than 24 hours after going 5 for 5 for short-season Class A Aberdeen, Rutschman received a promotion to Class A Delmarva on Tuesday. The 21-year-old is expected to join the Shorebirds on Wednesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Danny Duffy (left hamstring strain) threw 65 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday. ''We'll see (Wednesday) how he feels and we'll evaluate after that,'' manager Ned Yost said. Duffy hasn't pitched since Aug. 3. ... SS Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha by playing DH and striking out his first three trips to the plate.

Orioles: OF Mark Trumbo has missed the entire season while recovering from knee surgery but still has hopes of returning when rosters expand in September. ''Probably have to send him out to play some (rehab) games prior to that, but as of right now everything is one track,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ... OF Dwight Smith Jr. (left calf strain) went 3 for 5 for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday to open his rehab assignment. ''There's no problem at all. He came out healthy,'' Hyde said. Smith went 1 for 2 at the DH Tuesday night and will move to the outfield Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Royals: Mike Montgomery (3-5, 4.63 ERA) pitches in the series finale Wednesday night. He's 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA in his last three starts and 2-3 with KC after being traded from the Cubs.

Orioles: Aaron Brooks (2-7, 6.49) remains in search of his first win since April 11, when he beat Baltimore for Oakland. The right-hander is winless in seven starts with the Orioles since being claimed on waivers on July 6.

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  • W: H. Harvey (1-0)L: J. Barnes (1-2)S: M. Givens (10)
  • HR: BAL - H. Alberto (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B40100011.299.351.474.8250.5
J. Soler DH30100120.258.351.544.8951.0
H. Dozier 3B40000023.287.365.553.918-1.0
A. Gordon LF41200002.260.333.404.7373.0
R. O'Hearn 1B40100001.173.260.300.5601.0
M. Viloria C20010111.213.269.328.5971.5
B. Starling RF30000032.204.246.287.533-1.5
B. Phillips CF30000012.167.286.250.536-0.5
N. Lopez SS30100000.228.267.305.5721.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS-2B40100013.276.346.447.7930.5
    T. Mancini 1B30100103.276.347.530.8772.0
    R. Martin PR-SS01000000.191.247.290.5381.0
    A. Santander CF-RF40000014.277.315.469.785-0.5
    R. Nunez DH40000004.239.306.472.7770.0
    J. Peterson LF32100110.233.280.360.6403.5
    H. Alberto 2B-3B41131001.318.339.435.7748.0
    D. Stewart RF40200010.195.214.220.4341.5
    S. Wilkerson CF00000000.220.266.392.6580.0
    R. Ruiz 3B-1B30110001.246.317.371.6892.0
    C. Sisco C10000202.219.323.394.7172.0
      BATTING
      • SF - M. Viloria
      • RBI - M. Viloria (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), M. Viloria, B. Phillips 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - H. Alberto (8)
      • RBI - H. Alberto 3 (40), R. Ruiz (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto 3 (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), R. Nunez 3 (3), R. Ruiz
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Villar-Alberto-Mancini; Ruiz-Alberto-Mancini)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller6.03002403.951.3318.0
      R. Lovelady (BS, 1)1.03110007.321.78-1.0
      J. Barnes (L, 1-2)1.01332017.711.71-8.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller6.0
      R. Lovelady (BS, 1)1.0
      J. Barnes (L, 1-2)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy7.05112705.031.3219.5
      H. Harvey (W, 1-0)1.00000200.000.5011.0
      M. Givens (S, 10)1.01000104.441.219.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy7.0
      H. Harvey (W, 1-0)1.0
      M. Givens (S, 10)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 79-49, R. Lovelady 14-12, J. Barnes 28-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-7
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 22, R. Lovelady 6, J. Barnes 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 83-58, H. Harvey 20-14, M. Givens 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 7-5, M. Givens 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, H. Harvey 3, M. Givens 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B40100011.299.351.474.8250.5
      J. Soler DH30100120.258.351.544.8951.0
      H. Dozier 3B40000023.287.365.553.918-1.0
      A. Gordon LF41200002.260.333.404.7373.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B40100001.173.260.300.5601.0
      M. Viloria C20010111.213.269.328.5971.5
      B. Starling RF30000032.204.246.287.533-1.5
      B. Phillips CF30000012.167.286.250.536-0.5
      N. Lopez SS30100000.228.267.305.5721.0
      Total30161021012-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Villar SS-2B40100013.276.346.447.7930.5
        T. Mancini 1B30100103.276.347.530.8772.0
        R. Martin PR-SS01000000.191.247.290.5381.0
        A. Santander CF-RF40000014.277.315.469.785-0.5
        R. Nunez DH40000004.239.306.472.7770.0
        J. Peterson LF32100110.233.280.360.6403.5
        H. Alberto 2B-3B41131001.318.339.435.7748.0
        D. Stewart RF40200010.195.214.220.4341.5
        S. Wilkerson CF00000000.220.266.392.6580.0
        R. Ruiz 3B-1B30110001.246.317.371.6892.0
        C. Sisco C10000202.219.323.394.7172.0
        Total3449414518-----
        HITTERSAB
        J. Villar SS-2B4
        T. Mancini 1B3
        R. Martin PR-SS0
        A. Santander CF-RF4
        R. Nunez DH4
        J. Peterson LF3
        H. Alberto 2B-3B4
        D. Stewart RF4
        S. Wilkerson CF0
        R. Ruiz 3B-1B3
        C. Sisco C1
        Total34
          BATTING
          • SF - M. Viloria
          • RBI - M. Viloria (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), M. Viloria, B. Phillips 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - H. Alberto (8)
          • RBI - H. Alberto 3 (40), R. Ruiz (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto 3 (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), R. Nunez 3 (3), R. Ruiz
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Dozier-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Villar-Alberto-Mancini; Ruiz-Alberto-Mancini)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller6.03002403.951.3318.0
          R. Lovelady (BS, 1)1.03110007.321.78-1.0
          J. Barnes (L, 1-2)1.01332017.711.71-8.0
          Total8.0744441---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller6.0
          R. Lovelady (BS, 1)1.0
          J. Barnes (L, 1-2)1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Bundy7.05112705.031.3219.5
          H. Harvey (W, 1-0)1.00000200.000.5011.0
          M. Givens (S, 10)1.01000104.441.219.5
          Total9.06112100---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Bundy7.0
          H. Harvey (W, 1-0)1.0
          M. Givens (S, 10)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 79-49, R. Lovelady 14-12, J. Barnes 28-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-7
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 22, R. Lovelady 6, J. Barnes 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 83-58, H. Harvey 20-14, M. Givens 13-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 7-5, M. Givens 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, H. Harvey 3, M. Givens 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Alberto homered to center, Martin and Peterson scored14
          • 7TH INNING
            Ruiz singled to left, Peterson scored, Stewart to second11
          • 2ND INNING
            Viloria hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Mychal Givens relieved Hunter Harvey
            • Stevie Wilkerson in center field
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to left
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to deep center
            • M. Viloria: Foul, Viloria grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Hunter Harvey relieved Dylan Bundy
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lopez lined out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jacob Barnes relieved Richard Lovelady
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
            • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santander fouled out to third, Mancini to second
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Nunez fouled out to first
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peterson walked
            • Richie Martin ran for Trey Mancini
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Alberto homered to center, Martin and Peterson scored
            • D. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stewart flied out to deep left
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to left
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Viloria walked
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
            • B. Phillips: Foul, Foul, Phillips grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Richard Lovelady relieved Brad Keller
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Peterson singled to center
            • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Alberto flied out to deep right
            • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Stewart reached on an infield single to second, Peterson to second
            • R. Ruiz: Ruiz singled to left, Peterson scored, Stewart to second
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco lined out to center, Stewart to third
            • J. Villar: Villar fouled out to right
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler singled to shallow left
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded into double play third to second to first, Soler out at second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sisco walked
            • J. Villar: Villar singled to right, Sisco to second
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini flied out to deep right
            • A. Santander: Santander lined out to right
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips grounded out to first
            • N. Lopez: Lopez singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lopez out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Stewart: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Foul, Ruiz lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
            • B. Starling: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santander popped out to shortstop
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez popped out to second
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Soler walked, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Dozier popped out to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sisco walked
            • J. Villar: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
            • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded into double play third to second to first, Sisco out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn singled to right, Gordon to third
            • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Viloria hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored
            • B. Starling: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peterson grounded out to first
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Foul, Alberto grounded out to second
            • D. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Stewart singled to right center
            • R. Ruiz: Ruiz lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Villar grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini singled to left center
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)