Jeremy Guthrie was pitching well until that 4th inning when everything fell apart.
Alexei Ramirez led the inning off with a double and scored to break the scoreless tie on Adam Dunn‘s single. After a Paul Konerko single, Guthrie recorded the inning’s first out on a pop up. Conor Gillaspie followed with a single to load the bases for Viciedo. He took the second slider from Guthrie out of the park and all of a sudden, it was 5-0.
Meanwhile, the Royals offense once again sputtered. They scored both of their runs against Rienzo, but could not put together a big inning.
The Royals bullpen duo of Louis Coleman and Luis Mendoza got into trouble over the game’s final three innings, but did not allow a run. Unfortunately, the Royals offense only got two base runners over the game’s final three innings.
Every team the Royals are chasing for a playoff spot won on Wednesday: Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, and the NY Yankees. The two teams holding the wild card spots lost (Oakland and TB).