Kopech allowed two runs, six hits in seven innings as the White Sox lost to the Royals

Chicago (AP) – Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield scored singles home runs, Daniel Lynch took a sixth-inning shutout on his return from the injured list, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Monday night for their second straight win.

After missing 31 games with a left thumb injury and surgery, Perez launched a monster blast for the second straight game and his third homer in four contests. The seven-time All-Star has eight RBIs in this period.

Merrifield’s sixth campaign in the left field bullpen off Michael Kopech (4-7) could be his last with Kansas City. A two-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Royals, the second baseman has been the subject of trade rumors at Tuesday’s deadline.

Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughan hit two each on Lynch, but the White Sox slipped back to .500 (51-51). Pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets scored a run with a sack fly in the seventh.

Chicago, 23–29 at home, failed in an attempt to win three consecutive games at guaranteed rate field for the first time this season.

Lynch (4–7) allowed six hits, hit seven of seven and went none in 5 1/3 innings as he returned from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha and started in place of Brad Keller. The 6-foot-6 left-hander went on the injured list with a blister on his pitching hand on July 18, the second time in a month the injury had sidelined him.

Scott Barlow took the last six outs for his 17th defense in 20 occasions. He worked around one in each of the last two innings.

Kopech conceded two runs and six hits in seven innings. He scored three runs and scored one while throwing a career-high 100 pitches.

Kopech’s 2-1 slider in the fourth measured Perez’s 14th homer at 452 feet and put Kansas City 1-0 up. The blast went over the eye of a multi-level centre-field batsman and jumped high off the Concourse pavement in front of the scoreboard.

It came a day after Perez scored a three-run, 441-foot shot over Clay Holmes at Yankees All-Star close in New York in the ninth inning to give the Royals an 8-6 win. This was the first home run by Holmes this year.

Merrifield went 2-0 up in sixth place.

As Leuri Garcia and Sebi Zavala congratulated reliever Wyatt Mills with a single in the seventh, a deep fly from the sheets cut Garcia 2-1.

All or nothing

Perez has had just three hits since coming back, but all have been homers.

Add the White Sox Lefty

The White Sox filled a gap in their bullpen by getting Reese McGuire from Boston to catch LHP Jake Dieckman and named or for a player for cash.

Diekmann is 5-1 with 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season. The 6-foot-4, 35-year-old is particularly tough on left-handers, with his batting average of 188 this year.

Royals Deals

The Royals, who could have been major sellers before Tuesday’s deadline, struck two smaller deals to add to organizational pitching depth.

Kansas City swapped 3B Emmanuel Rivera in Arizona for RHP Luke Weaver, who went 1–1 with a 7.71 ERA for the Diamondbacks. The Royals sent cash to the Seattle Mariners for LHP Anthony Missives, who was assigned to Triple-A Omaha.

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White Sox: CF Louis Robert was in the team’s clubhouse after a rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte, but did not reactivate from IL. Manager Tony La Russa said it was unlikely the fast outfielder would play in the three-match series against Kansas City. Robert dropped out of a game in Minnesota on July 15 with blurred vision and lightheadedness and was placed on retrospective July 19. Last weekend, the White Sox said the 2020 Gold Glove winner was suffering from cold symptoms.

Royals: RHP Carlos Hernandez was selected to Triple-A Omaha to replace Lynch on the roster.


Kansas City RHP Brad Keller (5-11, 4.18) starts Tuesday and faces struggling Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (6-6, 5.14). Giolito was 4-2 this season with an ERA of 3.54 in his first nine, but is 2-4 with an ERA of 6.75 in his last nine outings.

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