Orioles' Harvey ends his 9-game skid, stymies Royals

Avery Osen
Associated Press
Baltimore Orioles starter Matt Harvey pitches to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of Sunday's game at Kauffman Stadium. Harvey, a former Royal, shut down Kansas City with six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Harvey ended his nine-game losing skid with his best performance in years, pitching six crisp innings and sending the Baltimore Orioles over the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday. 

Harvey (4-10) had been winless in 12 starts since his previous victory on May 1. The former All-Star, who pitched seven games for the Royals last season, allowed just three singles, walked one and struck out two against his former team. 

"I went out there and tried to flip the switch on a poor first half," Harvey said. "Having those days off to recharge definitely helps." 

Harvey's six innings matched his season high. This was the first time since September 2018 that Harvey pitched at least six innings and didn't allow a run.  

"He's been pitching with some nagging things, but he was really good today," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "I was happy with how everyone pitched today." 

Kansas City Royals Hunter Dozier hits a double during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. Dozier had a career-high four hits but the Royals couldn't score in a 5-0 loss.

Carlos Hernandez (1-1) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over four innings in his second career start. Kyle Zimmer, Josh Staumont and Greg Holland each allowed a run in relief.  

Ramon Urias hit a two-run single in the third for a 2-0 lead. He has at least two hits in seven of his last 10 games. 

Trey Mancini had an RBI single in the fifth, Austin Wynns doubled home a run in the sixth and another scored on an error in the eighth. 

Hunter Dozier tied a career high with four hits for the Royals. He went 7 for 12 in the series. 

"Every game we don't take advantage of it hurts the same," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "I know the kind of team we have and we need better results." 

GAME TIME CHANGE 

The Royals will begin a two-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. That game was set to start at 7:10 p.m., but was moved up to 3:10 p.m. due to Game 6 of the NBA Finals involving the Milwaukee Bucks that night. 

TRAINER'S ROOM 

Baltimore: Manager Brandon Hyde said he hopes 3B Maikel Franco (ankle sprain) will be back soon. Franco will begin his rehab stint this week.  

UP NEXT 

Orioles: Continues their road trip in Tampa Bay on Monday as Spenser Watkins (1-0, 1.74) starts. 

Royals: Have an off day before facing Milwaukee for a 3:10 start on Tuesday with Mike Minor (6-8, 5.67) on the mound.