Fulmer, Palka, White Sox beat KC 8-0 to open doubleheader

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 28: Carson Fulmer #51 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carson Fulmer allowed four singles over seven innings and Daniel Palka had four hits and drove in three runs as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

The White Sox are 5-0 against the Royals this season and 3-16 against other opponents. The Royals have been outscored 32-11 in their five-game losing streak and are a major league-worst 1-12 at home.

Fulmer (2-1) left after 109 pitches, walked three and struck out three. In his past two starts, he has allowed seven hits and two runs over 13 innings.

Palka, who was hitless in his first eight at-bats since debuting Wednesday, was a triple shy of a cycle. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Burch Smith.

Palka, Tim Anderson and Leury Garcia, the White Sox 7-8-9 hitters, went a combined 8 for 13 and scored five runs.

Yolmer Sanchez also drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning.

Matt Davidson, who has seven home runs against the Royals this season, hit a double and two singles.

Trevor Oaks (0-1), who was the Royals’ 26h man, gave up five runs on 12 hits over five innings in his major league debut.

The Royals loaded the bases in the first inning on walks to Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler sandwiched around a Lucas Duda single, but Jon Jay flied out to the right field warning track to end the threat.

Soler has walked in eight straight games, matching the longest streak this season in the majors.

BUCHHOLZ UPDATE

Royals RHP Clay Buchholz allowed one earned run on four hits over five innings in a no-decision in a start for Triple-A Omaha at Colorado Springs. The 33-year-old right-hander who was a two-time American League All-Star selection with Boston is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three minor league starts. He signed a minor league contract in late March with the Royals with an out clause if not added to the big league roster by Tuesday.

WHITE SOX ADD MINAYA

Reliever Juan Minaya was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the White Sox 26th man for the split doubleheader.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a stiff neck.

Royals: RHP Nathan Karns remains on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

UP NEXT

The Royals will start RHP Ian Kennedy in the series finale. Kennedy left his previous start after three innings with a bruised toe after taking a line drive off his foot. The White Sox have not yet announced their starter.