Royals and Cards

Soler, Cuthbert help rally Royals to 3-2 win over Tigers


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adalberto Mondesi and Terrance Gore used their speed to help the Kansas City Royals rally for a win. Mondesi and Jorge Soler had consecutive one-out doubles in the eighth inning to tie it, and pinch-runner Gore stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Cheslor Cuthbert‘s ensuing single to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Kansas City manager Ned Yost credited Mondesi for “a hustle double” — for his third hit of the game — to start the rally. He then scored on Soler’s hit off Victor Alcantara (2-1). Gore ran for Soler, stole third and scored on Cuthbert’s single between three fielders in right field to give the Royals their first lead of the game. “Cuthbert got a break on that one, hit a pop-up into no-man’s land,” Yost said. “That’s the first break we’ve caught in a while, but I’ll take it.” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire agreed with Yost’s assessment of the go-ahead run. “I guess it’s no-man’s land,” Gardenhire said. “Somebody has to take charge on the ball. With us playing the infield in, it bloops out there. The ball landed and that was just a break for them.” It was the first time all season the Kansas City won when trailing after six innings. Mondesi had rounded first aggressively on his first two hits before heading back to the bag. With his club down a run, he didn’t hesitate on his last hit. “Every time I hit the ball I run hard,” Mondesi said. “When I hit it I saw the left fielder was in the gap, so I thought I had a chance. I just ran hard.” Scott Barlow (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his fifth save. The Tigers’ bullpen wasted a brilliant effort from Spencer Turnbull. He scattered four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. It was only the third time in 14 starts that Turnbull had not allowed a run. Jakob Junis had a quality start for Kansas City, allowing two runs and five hits — including solo homers by Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon — with five strikeouts in seven innings. “We had a pretty good game plan and we executed it,” Junis said. “We had a couple of mistakes, but luckily they were solos. That kept us in the game. I wanted to challenge them. I got behind a couple of times. I didn’t want to put anybody on with a free base. Those were huge.” The Tigers got to Junis in the first on a 427-foot home run by Castellanos to left-center. It was Castellanos’ 100th career homer, all with the Tigers. It marked the ninth time in 14 starts that Junis gave up a run in the first inning. Dixon hit a 447-foot homer in the fourth, into the fountains 20 feet beyond where Castellanos’ homer traveled, to put the Tigers up 2-0. “(Junis) made some mistakes, center-cut two fastballs, but he did an awesome job of keeping us in the game,” Yost said. “He gave us an opportunity to come back and win the game.” Following Turnbull’s departure, Ryan O’Hearn led off the seventh with his sixth home run of the season. He broke an 0-for-15 slump with his 439-foot blast to right. TRAINER’S ROOM Royals 3B Hunter Dozier was eligible to come off the 10-day injured list, but he is not close to being ready. He’s been on the IL since June 3, retroactive to May 31. Manager Ned Yost said, “We’re going to be working him back into it, making sure everything is functional and feeling good. We’ve got to make sure that he’s healthy, 100 percent. I don’t know if we’ll want to send him out on a rehab. When he’s ready to go we’ll make that decision.” Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum was removed from the game following the top of the third after he fouled a pitch off his knee. He left with a right knee contusion. He finished the at-bat with a strikeout and was replaced by Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the third. UP NEXT The Tigers will send LHP Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.60 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the series. The Royals will counter with LHP Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.68 ERA). Duffy was hit on the right kneecap in his last start against Boston. The line drive bounced to third for the final out of the second inning. He came back out for the third but retired just one of six batters he faced in the inning before being pulled. — More AP baseball coverage: www.apnews.com/MLB and www.twitter.com/AP-Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson pitches 7 innings to help Cardinals beat Marlins 7-1


MIAMI — St. Louis Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson pitched a career-high seven innings Tuesday night and said teammate Adam Wainwright would be hearing about it. “Waino always says if you want to get wins, you’d better go seven,” Hudson said. “I finally hit that benchmark, so I’ll have to give him a call.” While Wainwright is back in St. Louis nursing a minor hamstring injury, Hudson turned in a performance worthy of the longtime ace as the Cardinals handed the Miami Marlins their sixth consecutive defeat, 7-1. Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits and one run, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during one stretch for the Cardinals, who have won his past five starts. He said he was glad to go seven innings but doesn’t want to be satisfied meeting that goal. “I’m pushing for nine every time,” Hudson said. “I’ll just have to keep making a case to be out there as long as possible.” The right-hander has the highest groundball rate in the majors, and 12 of his 21 outs came on grounders. He hasn’t given up a homer in 47 innings. “He controlled counts and threw a heavy ball,” manager Mike Shildt said. “He was down with pretty much everything.” Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned after missing 11 games because of a strained right thumb and went 2 for 5 with a single and double. Left fielder Marcell Ozuna made a fine catch with two on in the fourth, and punctuated the victory with a ninth-inning homer , his 18th. He has a career average of .452 (14 for 31) against his former team. “Ozo is an All-Star with the year he’s having,” Shildt said. The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles. They rank last in the majors in runs and have been outscored 31-10 in the past six games. “When you start losing and everything is going backward, it’s really hard to have the same energy as when you’re winning,” Miami shortstop Miguel Rojas said. “It’s really tough to have fun when the team is not doing good around you. That’s when we have to be stronger and come here with a different attitude.” Elieser Hernandez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first start of the year, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Kolten Wong had two of the Cardinals’ 13 hits and reached base four times, and teammate Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a triple and a bases-loaded walk. Dexter Fowler had an RBI single in the seventh and then scored from first on Jose Martinez‘s pinch-hit two-run single. OUT OF THE GAME Hudson, who struck out three times, joked that he might have pitched longer if not for his batting. He threw 93 pitches and departed for a pinch hitter with the Cardinals leading 4-1. “I think we got in a situation where they didn’t want me to strike out again,” Hudson said with a chuckle. TRAINER’S ROOM Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (lower back tightness) was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday and may go on the injured list. The ailment surfaced after he threw a bullpen session Monday. … RHP Riley Ferrell (right biceps tendinitis) joined Class A Jupiter on a rehab assignment. NEW ADDITION The Cardinals signed their first-round draft choice, LHP Zack Thompson of Kentucky, and announced they had agreed to terms with seven other picks. UP NEXT Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.54) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday when the Cardinals try for a sweep. He started twice against the Marlins last year and won both games. Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto, acquired in the Christian Yelich trade in January 2018, is expected to be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his major league debut as Urena’s replacement. Yamamoto is 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts for Jacksonville. — More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports — Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine