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Bonafacio homers as Royals blank White Sox 5-0

Fifth win for KC in last 29 games

July 14, 2018 - 6:06 pm
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Jorge Bonifacio served his suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, and he just wants to move on.

One swing at a time.

Bonifacio hit a two-run drive for his first homer since rejoining Kansas City late last month, helping the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Saturday for just their second win in July.

"I've been feeling pretty good lately," he said. "I just want to keep working on that and keep swinging good."

Bonifacio connected after Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single, sending a drive into the home bullpen in left. He also drove in Paulo Orlando with a triple in the fifth, providing more than enough support for Danny Duffy in the left-hander's second straight scoreless outing.

The 25-year-old Bonifacio broke into the majors last year, hitting 17 homers in 113 games for Kansas City. But he missed the first part of this season after a positive test for Boldenone, resulting in an 80-game suspension.

"He knows he made a mistake, he knows he paid for it and now he's going," manager Ned Yost said.

Duffy (5-8) struck out eight while pitching seven innings of four-hit ball. He tossed six scoreless innings at Minnesota on Monday night, but left with a no-decision after the Twins rallied for a 3-1 win.

Such is life with the last-place Royals (27-67), who have just five wins in their last 29 games.

"We've been doing our best to treat each day like a new day," Duffy said, "and there's an opportunity to win a baseball game every day."

The White Sox (32-62) lost for the seventh time in nine games. Reynaldo Lopez (4-7) allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings in his first start since his wife, Jhilaris, gave birth to a baby girl named Zoe on Friday.

"It was a really good outing," Lopez said through a translator. "I just made two mistakes. I paid for them."

Lopez, who played with a pink glove with his daughter's name sewn into it, kept Chicago in the game before surrendering a two-run homer to All-Star Salvador Perez on a 0-2 pitch in the eighth. It was Perez's 13th of the season.

The White Sox also lost second baseman Yoan Moncada to a bruised right knee in the fifth. Moncada was hit by the ball while going to catch a pickoff attempt at second.

X-rays were negative, and the team said he is day to day.

"I feel really sore," Moncada said through a translator. "It's nothing serious."

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