KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr. and MJ Melendez homered, and fellow rookie Emmanuel Rivera hit a go-ahead triple as the Kansas City Royals beat Kansas City 6-2 on Wednesday night. the Chicago White Sox.
Witt, Melendez and Rivera each contributed two hits apiece.
The Puerto Rican Rivera hit a line that Adam Engel could not catch despite his dive. The ball rolled into the right-field corner for a 3-pointer that drove in Melendez with the tiebreaking run in the sixth.
Melendez extended the lead with a two-run homer, his second, in the eighth inning.
Witt hit his fourth home run of the year, a 436-foot blast, off starter Lucas Giolito, who came off the COVID-19 list.
Rookie Collin Snyder (3-1) got the last out of the sixth inning for the win. Reynaldo López (4-1) took the loss.
For the White Sox, Cubans Yoán Moncada 5-0, Luis Robert 4-0, José Abreu 4-1 with a run scored, Yasmani Grandal 4-1. Dominican Leury García 4-2 with an RBI.
For the Royals, the Dominican Carlos Santana 3-0. Puerto Rican Rivera 4-2 with a run scored and an RBI.