American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Baltimore
(Thursday, August 9th)
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Billy Butler might not have been able to
finish off the cycle, but he did enough damage in his first three at-bats to
lead the Royals to a 8-2 win over Baltimore in the opener of a four-game set.
Butler hit a three-run blast as a part of a four-run first inning and finished
a single short of the cycle as the Royals cruised to their third straight win.
Will Smith (3-4) held the early lead and limited Baltimore to two runs on six
hits in seven innings.
The Royals crushed Wei-Yin Chen (10-7), who had entered Thursday's game with a
1.95 earned run average since the All-Star break, for seven runs on nine hits
in 4 2/3 innings.
Much of the focus on the night was on infielder Manny Machado, who made his
major league debut at third base and batting ninth for the Orioles. The 20-
year-old picked up his first two career hits and scored a run for the O's, who
saw their five-game win streak snapped.
"It would've been way better if we would have come out with the win," Machado
said of his debut.
Alex Gordon started the game with his third lead-off home run of the season.
After Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain singled, Butler belted a three-run
blast to left field to give the Royals a four-run lead.
"There had been some games here recently where we had gotten some runners on
in the first inning and hadn't really capitalized on it and we did today,"
Butler started a rally in the third inning with a one-out double. After
Salvador Perez grounded out, Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur came through
with back-to-back doubles to expand Kansas City's lead to six.
The Royals put another run on the board in the fifth after Butler picked up
his first triple since 2009. He scored on Perez's sacrifice fly to make the
Butler struck out in the seventh and ninth innings.
Machado gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the bottom half of the
fifth inning. After he grounded out in his first major league at-bat in the
second, Machado laced a triple to right-center field in his second plate
appearance. He later scored on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly.
Gordon doubled then scored on an Escobar base hit in the sixth before Matt
Wieters socked an opposite-field home run in the bottom half of the frame to
cap the scoring.
Aaron Crow and Jeremy Jeffress combined to toss a pair of hitless frames to
seal the win.
Machado became the first Oriole to debut before his 21st birthday since Hayden
Penn in 2005 and the first position player since Eugene Kingsdale in
1996...Butler homered off Chen for the second time this season...Kansas City
went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position and Baltimore went 0-for-3.
08/10 00:24:34 ET
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