KANSAS CITY, Mo. ( Associated Press) — Tony Gonsolin made a no-hit effort in the seventh inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Friday night to win their 11th straight game.
Gonsolin (14-1) leveled Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the NL win. The Dodgers, with the best record in the Majors, broke the game in the eighth on Trice Thompson’s three-run homer.
Gonsolin did not allow a baserunner until he issued a one-out walk to Kyle Isbell in the sixth, when the game was still scoreless. He didn’t miss a hit until Vinny Pasquintino’s one-off single in the seventh.
Overall, Gonsolin allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Josh Stoumont (3-2) lost in relief, allowing four hits and five runs on a walk, without recording a single.
Royals starter Daniel Lynch conceded just two hits in five unscored innings. A high pitch count was his undoing as he threw 105 and scored four runs.
Lynch survived a base-loaded, no-out jam in fifth when he fouled Tree Turner, dismissed Freddie Freeman and retired Will Smith on a flyball.
The Dodgers scored five times in the seventh after pinch-hitters Gavin Lux and Thompson loaded the bases without an out on singles and walked for Mookie Bates. Turner hit a two-run single, Freeman followed with an RBI double, and a wild pitch and Justin Turner’s sacrificial fly made it 5-0.
Michael A. Taylor doubled by a run in the seventh home in Kansas City. Salvador Perez added a two-run homer in the eighth position.
Dodgers C Austin Barnes was placed on the family emergency list. …c Tony Wolters was selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City. … INF Rylan Bannon was nominated for the assignment.
Dodgers 3B Max Munsey and DH Justin Turner switched before Friday’s game after a one-hopper struck Muncie’s right hand resulted in an infield single and was ruled out of Wednesday’s game. Muncie is still seventh in the lineup but hasn’t played in the field. … LHP Clayton Kershaw, who has been on a 10-day injury list with lower back pain since August 5, played catches on Thursday in Los Angeles and will continue to play catches each day in Kansas City. He got an epidural shortly after the injury, and he said Friday that his back is feeling better. He said he had no set time to return, but “we will certainly have enough time before October.”
Dodgers and Royals continued their three-match series on Saturday evening. The Dodgers would start LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.64 ERA), while the Royals would hand the ball to RHP Brad Keller (6-12, 4.45 ERA).
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