Jeremy Guthrie just keeps on winning.
A rain delay to start the game could not keep Guthrie from improving to 5-0 on the season. The KC Royals won their finale in Baltimore, 6-2.
Manager Ned Yost shook up the lineup, and it seemed to work (at least for one night).
Down 1-0, the Royals‘ power came to life against O’s starter Freddy Garcia. With one out, Alex Gordon hit a two-run homerun (his third of the series). Two batters later, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homerun. He FINALLY hit a homerun this season, the last big league first baseman to hit one.
The Royals scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, as Mike Moustakas hit a solo homerun to lead off the 7th inning.
Back to Guthrie…
He allowed both runs, though only one was earned due to Alcides Escobar‘s sixth error of the season. Guthrie allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out three. He did allow a solo homerun to Chris Davis, but then again, who isn’t? It was his tenth of the season.
After Guthrie left the game, the Royals bullpen was close to spotless. Aaron Crow pitched a perfect seventh, as he needed just 11 pitches (eight were strikes). Kelvin Herrera worked around a leadoff double in the eighth, as he threw all 11 pitches for strikes (and struck out both Adam Jones and Davis on three pitches). Luke Hochevar pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the O’s.
The Royals now return to Kauffman Stadium to play the NY Yankees this weekend. Don’t forget, Friday night’s game will be televised on MLB Network. Wade Davis will start the opener against the Yankees Phil Hughes.