MLB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at Kansas City
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

ATL
8
WSH
4
F
BAL
1
NYY
3
F
BOS
6
TB
3
F
PHI
1
MIA
2
F
PIT
0
KC
11
F
CLE
5
MIN
7
F
CHC
12
MIL
0
F
DET
2
CHW
5
F
CIN
10
STL
5
F
OAK
3
TEX
6
F
NYM
3
TOR
7
F
LAA
5
COL
3
F
PHI
1
MIA
8
F
SEA
7
ARI
3
F
SF
0
SD
6
F
SF
1
SD
3
F
HOU
1
LAD
8
F

September 13, 2020 2:05 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Pittsburgh (14-30)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

Kansas City (20-28)

4

0

6

0

0

1

0

0

x

11

12

0

W: Keller (4-2)

L: Kuhl (1-2)

PIT - HR: none

KC - HR: Dozier (6) , Perez (5)

Keller 1st MLB shutout, KC tops Pirates for 6th win in row
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:49 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brad Keller pitched his first major league shutout, tossing a five-hitter as the Kansas City Royals won their sixth in a row by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 on Sunday.

Keller (4-2) was in total command, allowing only three hits until the ninth inning.

"I just wanted to do this for our bullpen," he said. "I felt like we used their aggressiveness to our advantage and it was just fun today."

Making his 55th career start in the big leagues, he struck two, walked one and threw 111 pitches. It was his second complete game in the majors.

"He was so in control today," Royals manager Mike Matheny said.

So few strikeouts "means trusting the guys behind him. This is a big deal for our pitchers and I think it sends a message to the rest of our staff," Matheny said.

Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier homered to help Kansas City win its second consecutive series after losing its previous eight. Pittsburgh lost its fourth game in a row.

"They're playing well right now," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "They're coming off a sweep of Cleveland, one of the best teams in baseball and they're doing a nice job. They're creating a lot of opportunities for themselves, their bullpen is pitching well."

The Royals thrived off Chad Kuhl (1-2) who couldn't find the strike zone. He walked six, helping set up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings. Only 31 of his 70 pitches were strikes.

After giving up a single in the third, he walked three of the next four batters and was yanked. Nick Tropeano relieved him and proceeded to walk Nicky Lopez, then give up a two-run single to Whit Merrifield that made it 9-0.

Seven Royals starters had an RBI with Merrifield and Salvador Perez both having a pair.

Maikel Franco drove in a run in the first inning after singles by Merrifield and Perez. Alex Gordon also tacked on an RBI later in the inning.

The Pirates caught a bad break on the next batter when a wild pitch ricocheted off the home plate umpire nearly into the Royals dugout. Dozier and Alex Gordon both scored on the play.

"We tell our guys to keep thinking about the next base," Matheny said. "Just a smart play by Hunter."

UP NEXT

Pirates: Begins a four-game series against Cincinnati including a doubleheader on Monday.

Royals: Have the day off on Monday before facing Detroit for a two-game series. They haven't played the Tigers since July.

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Pitchers of Record

Pittsburgh IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Kuhl (L, 1-2) 2.1 4 9 6 5 34.71 4.286
Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Keller (W, 4-2) 9 5 0 1 2 0.00 0.667

Batting Leaders

Pittsburgh AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
C. Moran 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.0
J. Murphy 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.7
Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
H. Dozier 3 3 3 1 1 1 6 0 6.5
S. Perez 5 3 2 1 2 0 6 0 3.6

Team Comparison

PIT KC
At Bats 31 35
Hits 5 12
Batting Average .161 .343
On Base Percentage .188 .477
Slugging Percentage 0.194 0.543
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 2
Total Bases 6 19
Walks 1 8
Strikeouts 2 15
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 1
Runners Left On Base 5 10
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/3 3/17
Double Plays Fielded 2 3
Errors 1 0

2020 Regular Season - KC Leads Series 3-0

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Sep 11 PIT 3 @ KC 4 K. Bubic S. Brault
Sat Sep 12 PIT 4 @ KC 7 K. Zimmer T. Williams
Sun Sep 13 PIT 0 @ KC 11 B. Keller C. Kuhl

Game Information

Stadium: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 3:02
Weather: 64F, Mildly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?