Final Score: Kansas City 5, LA Dodgers 3
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer
among his two hits and scored twice, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the
Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
Jeremy Guthrie (5-6) fanned five and allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3
innings for the Royals, who snapped a four-game skid on the heels of their 10-
game winning streak.
"He's on a roll right now," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Guthrie. "He's
able to locate all his pitches where he wants to locate them."
Adrian Gonzalez belted a leadoff blast against Greg Holland in the ninth to
whittle the deficit to 5-3, but the Kansas City closer recorded the final
three outs in succession to notch his 22nd save of the year.
Zack Greinke (9-4) yielded five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 frames for Los
Angeles, which had won five of its last six coming in.
"A couple of his balls were trying to get to one spot and they weren't getting
there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Greinke.
The Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after plating a pair in the second,
another in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Perez belted a hanging slider for a leadoff shot into the seats in left to
begin the second. Alcides Escobar hit a two-out single, advanced to second
on a wild pitch and scored on Jarrod Dyson's base hit to left.
Dyson robbed Yasiel Puig of an extra-base hit in the fourth when he crashed
into the wall after making a leaping grab at the warning track. He then led
off the home half of the fifth with a base hit up the middle. Dyson stole
second during Lorenzo Cain's at-bat and was pushed across on Cain's single to
Perez whacked a leadoff double to left in the sixth and scored three batters
later when Escobar cracked a triple to right. Dyson then slapped a single to
center to bring home Escobar for KC's five-run cushion.
LA finally got on the board in the eighth and ninth innings. Miguel Rojas and
pinch-hitter Justin Turner hit one-out singles in the eighth and after Dee
Gordon flied out, Hanley Ramirez hammered a one-hop double off the wall in
left-center to bring them both home. Wade Davis came on for Guthrie and
induced an inning-ending groundout off the bat of Puig.
Perez's homer was his ninth of the season ... Kansas City was 4-for-12 with
runners in scoring position, while the Dodgers finished 1-for-7 ... KC is 8-2
versus the NL this season.
06/24 01:11:07 ET
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