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29 January, 2019 02:28
CHICAGO (AP) — In a dim season for the last-place Kansas City Royals Melky Cabrera Jersey , rookie Brad Keller has been one of the few bright spots.Keller pitched five solid innings, Alex Gordon homered and Jorge Bonifacio had a go-ahead RBI single in the decisive sixth inning for the Royals, who rallied past the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Saturday night.Nicky Delmonico homered in the second inning off Keller (6-5), driving a changeup over the right-center field fence. That was the only blemish against the 6-foot-5 right-hander, who allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked none.“This was a battle game, honestly,” said the 23-year-old Keller, who has the only winning record on the staff. “I felt like I made my pitches. It was one of the games where you needed to keep the team in it.”The Royals won for the third time in their past nine games. The White Sox had their win streak stopped at three.Chicago had five hits combined in the fourth and fifth innings, but Keller got out of the jams.“He did a great job of really limiting the damage,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He made huge pitches when he needed to.”Dylan Covey (4-10) returned to the form he had displayed the first 2½ months of the season but remained winless in five starts since July 21. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.Covey entered the game with a 1-8 record and 8.94 ERA in his last 10 starts. He was 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA versus Kansas City in his career.“Overall, I threw the ball pretty well,” Covey said. “Just the mistake to Gordon, and then even the pitch to Bonifacio was a pretty good pitch.”After Whit Merrifield opened the game with a single, Covey didn’t allow another hit until Gordon homered with one out in the sixth. One out later, Lucas Duda doubled and scored on Bonifacio’s hit to left field.Alcides Escobar provided an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Juan Minaya in the ninth.“Keller did a good job of keeping us in the game ,” Gordon said. “All we needed was a run to get us over.”Five Royals relievers combined for four scoreless innings. The last, Wily Peralta, worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in as many tries.HEAVEN HELP THEMSister Mary Jo Sobieck, of Marian Catholic High School in suburban Chicago Heights, dropped jaws with an impressive ceremonial first pitch.“I said, ‘Can you play for us?'” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “She said, ‘Sure.’ Seems to be a really nice lady.”NEWBIE IN THE HOUSEKansas City promoted RHP Jake Newberry from Omaha and optioned RHP Jason Adam to the Triple-A club. The 37th-round draft pick from 2012 is in line to become the lowest-round selection to debut for the team since OF Jarrod Dyson (50th, 2010).RHP Blaine Boyer cleared waivers and became a free agent. The veteran has a 12.05 ERA in 21 relief appearances.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: OF Brett Phillips (lower-body fatigue) returned to the lineup after a two-game absence.White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia will try to work through a balky right knee that’s likely to require surgery after the season. “He’s just going to have to deal with it and continue to move forward. And I think he’ll be able to,” Renteria said. … RHP Nate Jones (strained right arm) “is throwing the ball well and feeling good,” Renteria said, but there still is no timetable for his return. His last appearance came on June 12.UP NEXTRoyals: Rookie RHP Heath Fillmyer (1-1, 3.61 ERA) will close out the series Sunday.White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.40) will take a 1.93 ERA in his last two home starts into the finale. He didn’t figure in either decision. BOSTON (AP) — Maybe this World Series just isn’t in the cards for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Trying to play the matchup game, manager Dave Roberts’ team instead looked overmatched at Fenway Park. They staggered home after a 4-2 loss Wednesday night, down 2-0 to the do-everything-right Boston Red Sox.“We’ve got to do a better job of responding,” catcher Austin Barnes said.Not even a bit of new-age strategy — and a curious sight — could save them.The Dodgers led 2-1 in the fifth inning when right-hander Ryan Madson was summoned to replace lefty starter Hyun-Jin Ryu with the bases loaded and two outs.As Madson warmed up Joe Crede Jersey , a Dodgers bat boy trotted onto the diamond, where outfielders Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig were waiting. The bat boy gave each of them laminated cards, presumably with new alignments for defensive positioning for Madson on the mound.They didn’t help when Madson walked Steve Pearce, forcing home the tying run and bringing cleanup man J.D. Martinez to the plate.Martinez led the majors with 130 RBIs this season, and drove in two more runs in Game 1. A dangerous hitter, no doubt.So Puig moved back in right field. Way back, in fact.And when Martinez sent a soft liner the opposite way to right, Puig was nowhere close. He couldn’t even begin to make a move to catch it, and the ball dropped for a go-ahead, two-run single. The hit traveled 236 feet, Statcast said.“Obviously, you have to respect the power of J.D., so you just play back a bit. But, yeah, you know , that’s baseball,” Barnes said. “Bloopers happen.”As the fans went wild, Puig could do little except look at all the grass around him.“Even if he was in, it’s going to drop in. It’s two out, they’re running on contact. And you’ve got to still respect J.D.’s power,” Roberts said.Before the game, Madson said about facing Martinez: “You know you’re in a pit with a rattlesnake, and one bad move, and you’ll get bit if you’re not paying attention.”The Dodgers certainly have been paying attention. They rely heavily on analytics for matchups, positioning and other decisions, and are among the most advanced in baseball in that department.But even moves Roberts is making that seem to be right on the money aren’t working out.“Every mistake we made, they capitalized and scored that inning, so it’s hard to come back from that,” Bellinger said.Pulling Ryu seemed to surely be the right move with the bases jammed and three right-handed hitters coming up. But for the second straight night, Madson — a bullpen veteran who was part of championship teams in Kansas City and Philadelphia — let him down.In the opener against lefty Chris Sale, the Dodgers became the first team to start nine right-handed hitters in a Series game Ron Santo Jersey , none switch-hitters. Roberts did it again against lefty David Price.Perhaps the numbers showed that was the right move. But to stack the lineup that way, Roberts left 109 home runs on the bench: Max Muncy, Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal, the team’s top four homer hitters.They all got into both games, eventually, as Roberts emptied his bench. But against a Boston bullpen that’s been dominant, they did no damage.When the Series resumes Friday at Dodger Stadium, right-hander Rick Porcello is likely to pitch for the Red Sox.“We’re going to shuffle it up for Game 3, but it’s not because of necessarily performance,” Roberts said. “It’s kind of who the starting pitcher for those guys is. But these are the guys that got us here, and we’re going to ride them out.”

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