It was a very nice series for the KC Royals against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. They took the series with a 7-1 victory on Thursday night.
It started from the very beginning with starter Jeremy Guthrie, another former O. He allowed one runs on six hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out five.
The Royals offense got going in the bottom of the first when they scored two runs. Three straight hits, including RBI singles from Salvador Perez and David Lough, drove in the runs. An Alex Gordon 2nd inning sac fly gave the Royals a 3-0 lead.
Then things were quiet on the scoring front until the fifth.
The Orioles scored their lone run in the top of the inning on a Brian Roberts double (after a Henry Urritia triple). The Royals scored three more runs to chase O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez. Three straight hits (a single, triple, and another single) drove in the first two runs. After a walk and a double play, Gonzalez was replaced by lefty reliever Troy Patton, who allowed an RBI single to Lough.
Billy Butler rudely greeted the newest Oriole, Francisco Rodriguez (better known as K-Rod), by hitting a solo homerun in the seventh. That was after Aaron Crow had a rough top of the seventh when he threw 22 pitches, but did not allow a run.
The Royals now head to Chicago for a weekend series against the White Sox. James Shields gets the ball in the series opener.
*O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez had his shortest outing of the season (just 4.2 innings) and he did not record a strikeout. The only strikeout came in the 8th inning with lefty reliever Brian Matusz on the mound. He struck out Mike Moustakas.
**The Royals pitching staff completely shut down the O’s best hitters. Chris Davis, the American League’s homerun and RBI leader, went just 3-for-15 with eight strikeouts. Four of those strikeouts came in the finale. He did not homer. Manny Machado went just 1-for-16.
***In case you missed it, George Brett stepped down as hitting coach. Because I didn’t see that coming.