American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Kansas City|
(Thursday, July 25th)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Baltimore 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie tossed six strong innings to
lead the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles, 7-1, at Kauffman
Guthrie (10-7) scattered six hits and yielded just one run, as the Royals took
the final three games of this four-game set to end their seven-game homestand
with five wins. The right-hander struck out five and walked one of his former
teammates to get to double-digit wins for the first time since 2010 when he
was a member of the Orioles.
Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. Alex Gordon and
David Lough each drove in a pair of runs Kansas City, which pounded out 10
hits on the day the club announced that George Brett stepped down as interim
The club's all-time hits leader and Hall of Fame third baseman gave way to
Pedro Grifol and returned to his previous position of vice president of
Brett, 60, took over as interim hitting coach on May 30 after the Royals
reassigned lead and assistant hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David to
the club's minor league organization. However, the role did not suit Brett's
"My lifelong passion after playing was not to be a hitting coach, but (general
manager) Dayton (Moore) asked me if I would consider it, and I did, but
only on the promise that it would be on an interim basis," said Brett. "There
is a ton of talent here and doing this for almost two months has prepared me
to be a better advisor to Dayton and his staff. This has been an unbelievable
experience for me and now I'm energized to contribute more to this
organization as I return to my non-uniformed role."
Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez (8-4) suffered the loss, allowing six runs
on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
Matt Weiters added a pair of hits and Brian Roberts drove in a run for
Baltimore, which has dropped three in a row after winning five straight.
"It was a tough one tonight," said Gonzalez. "It was one of those days. You
just have to continue to battle."
Kansas City jumped ahead early, scoring twice in the first and adding another
in the second. Salvador Perez drove in Butler in the first and later scored on
Lough's base hit. Gordon's sac fly in the second added to the lead.
Baltimore got a run back in the fifth when Roberts drove in Henry Urrutia, but
the Royals put the game out of reach in the home half of the frame.
Gordon tripled home the first run and then scored on Eric Hosmer's base hit.
Later, with two outs, Hosmer scored on Lough's base hit to make it a 6-1 game.
Butler added a solo homer in the seventh off Baltimore reliever Francisco
Rodriguez, who was making his debut with the team after being acquired in a
trade with Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Rodriguez was charged with just the one run and one hit. He did not strike out
Lough ended 2-for-4.
"They've all been working hard," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "We're starting
to get some production. The top five guys drove in all seven runs.
"They've been much more consistent since we've come back from the All-Star
Wieters extended his hit streak to seven games ... Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-3
for KC ... Guthrie had double-digit wins with the Orioles from 2008-1010 ...
Guthrie won his first outing vs. Baltimore back on May 9 at Camden Yards,
scattering seven hits, one earned run and three walks over six innings ... He
improved to 7-2 in 10 home starts this season ... KC won the season series 4-3
... Gonzalez fell to 6-2 in 11 starts since returning from the 15-day DL on
May 21 ... Orioles slugger Chris Davis has not homered in seven games since
the All-Star break. He had 37 first-half home runs.
07/25 23:23:57 ET