The KC Royals knocked out Pittsburgh Pirates starter James McDonald (he of the second best ERA in baseball) after just four innings, but the problem was, Royals starter Vin Mazzaro did not make it out of the 4th inning. The Royals lost 5-3.
Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homerun in the top of the 3rd inning that gave the Royals a 2-0 lead. They added another run in the top of the 4th inning on Mazzaro‘s RBI two out RBI single.
Then the wheels fell off for Mazzaro. It started off with a leadoff walk to Pedro Alvarez. He then hit Jose Tabata with a pitch. Rod Barajas followed with a single that loaded the bases. Next up was Clint Barmes, who drove in a run with an infield single. With the bases still loaded, Pittsburgh pinch-hit for McDonald with rookie Matt Hague. That brought out Royals manager Ned Yost, who pulled Mazzaro in favor of the hard-throwing Kelvin Herrera. He didn’t fare much better.
Hague drove in a run on a weird play (according to MLB’s gameday-I don’t live in the KC area and thus did not see it live). Alex Presley drove in another run with an infield single. Neil Walker drove in a run on a ground out before Herrera walked Andrew McCutchen. Garrett Jones drove in the Pirates final run on a force out.
So that’s five runs on three hits (two of which didn’t leave the infield).