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Freddy Fermin, Bobby Witt Jr. go yard as Royals edge A's

Freddy Fermin, Bobby Witt Jr. go yard as Royals edge A's

Freddy Fermin hit two early home runs, Bobby Witt Jr. broke an eighth-inning tie with one of his own and the Kansas City Royals avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the host Oakland Athletics with a 3-2 win Thursday afternoon.Fermin, serving at the team's designated hitter, had three of the Royals' seven hits and MJ Melendez added a pair of doubles as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak.Seeking his 11th win of the season, Royals right-hander Seth Lugo took a 2-0 lead into the seventh before Zack Gelof homered for the third straight day, a two-out, two-run shot that drew the A's even.Lugo was pulled one batter later after walking Kyle McCann, then watched as a relay from right fielder Dairon Blanco to second baseman Adam Frazier to catcher Salvador Perez nailed a sliding McCann at the plate while trying to score on pinch-hitter Abraham Toro's double.Lugo was charged with two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out eight.Eight pitches later, the Royals went back in front when Witt clobbered a pitch from Vinny Nittoli (0-1) deep into the left field bleachers for a 3-2 lead.The A's battled back in the eighth, but James McArthur (4-3) negated a walk to leadoff hitter Max Schuemann by picking him off first.The out proved to be critical when, with two outs, Miguel Andujar walked and Brent Rooker singled, sending the potential tying run to third. But Angel Zerpa came on to get pinch-hitter Tyler Nevin to ground out.
Luis Medina back in win column as A's stymie Royals

Luis Medina back in win column as A's stymie Royals

Luis Medina snapped a personal 11-month losing streak, Brent Rooker drove in a pair of runs and the Oakland Athletics made it two straight over the visiting Kansas City Royals with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.Zack Gelof homered and Miguel Andujar collected three hits, scored a run and drove in another for the A's, whose winning streak is their first since a six-gamer bridging April and May.Medina (1-2) limited the Royals to one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.The win was his first since last July 18, when he beat the Boston Red Sox. He then went his last eight starts of the 2023 season without a win, a skid that reached 11 after his first three outings this year.The A's gave their pitcher a 2-0 lead in the third when walks to Max Schuemann and JJ Bleday set up RBI singles by Andujar and Rooker off Royals starter Cole Ragans (4-5).Kansas City cut its deficit in half on a Bobby Witt Jr. double in the fifth, but the A's did the rest of the night's scoring, adding two in the seventh and another on Gelof's homer, his seventh, in the eighth.Rooker and Tyler Nevin produced the seventh-inning runs with RBI singles.
Royals place RHP Dan Altavilla (oblique) on injured list

Royals place RHP Dan Altavilla (oblique) on injured list

The Kansas City Royals put right-hander Dan Altavilla on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a right oblique strain.Altavilla, 31, is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA in five appearances (one start) in his first season with the Royals.On Sunday, Altavilla's 98-mph fastball fractured the left wrist of Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts.Altavilla is 8-8 with a 4.36 ERA in 124 games (one start) with the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and Royals.Kansas City recalled right-hander Steven Cruz from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding transaction.
A's snuff late rally, edge Royals

A's snuff late rally, edge Royals

Zack Gelof homered, JJ Bleday collected three doubles and the Oakland Athletics snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.Scott Alexander and Mason Miller retired the last four Royals in order after the visitors had gotten within two, helping the A's exact a small measure of revenge after being swept in a three-game set in Kansas City last month.After Royals second baseman Nick Loftin's first big-league homer erased a two-run deficit in the second inning, the A's scored the next five runs in two batches to take the lead for good.Bleday's second double of the night and Miguel Andujar's single each drove in a run in the third, giving the hosts a 4-2 lead, before Gelof followed a walk by Tyler Nevin and a Lawrence Butler double with a three-run homer off Royals starter Alec Marsh in the fourth.Marsh (5-4) was charged with seven runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He walked two and struck out four.Oakland starter Hogan Harris (1-0) made it through five innings, allowing three runs, just one of which was earned. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow gets powerful support in shutout of Royals

Tyler Glasnow threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers used three solo home runs to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to win the three-game series.Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani ripped solo homers in the third and sixth innings and Freddie Freeman followed Ohtani's second homer with one of his own to account for all the game's scoring.The Royals got through a tough stretch of 12 games against first-place teams -- the Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and the Dodgers are all division leaders -- with a 5-7 record.The Dodgers have won six of their last 12 going back to June 4 in Pittsburgh.Dodgers superstar shortstop Mookie Betts came out of the game in the seventh inning Sunday after getting hit in the left hand on a 97.9-mph fastball from Royals right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla and exited the game.The game shaped up to be a pitchers' duel between Glasnow and Royals ace Brady Singer. Ohtani got ahold of a 2-1 sinker from Singer and crushed it 451 feet to deep center field for a 1-0 lead.Ohtani struck again in the sixth. The Dodgers designated hitter connected on a first-pitch slider from Singer and knocked it 400 feet into the right-field seats for his 19th homer of the season.Three pitches later, Freeman ripped a 2-0 slider from Singer 401 feet out to right for a 3-0 Dodgers' lead. It was Freeman's 10th homer of the year.
Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Royals star C Salvador Perez (knee) undergoes MRI

Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers due to a right knee injury.Perez, 34, underwent an MRI exam Saturday and no structural damage was detected."I didn't know what to think," Royals manager Matt Quatraro told reporters before Saturday's game. "He's so tough, you never know. But the fact that he's day-to-day and not going on the (injured list) is a big help for us."Kansas City recalled catcher Austin Nola from Triple-A Omaha to provide catching insurance. Freddy Fermin started Saturday's game and is batting in the No. 5 spot in the lineup.Perez, an eight-time All-Star, exited Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in the eighth inning due to the injury. He was injured in the fourth inning while blocking a pitch and said he felt immediate pain."Maybe my spike got stuck a little bit," Perez told reporters after Friday's game. "I went (through) the next couple of innings and tried to feel better, but it got worse after three or four more innings. So I decided to talk to (head athletic trainer Kyle Turner). Sometimes you feel something, you keep going for a couple more innings and it goes away."
MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez's slam gets Royals rolling past Dodgers

MJ Melendez capped a 12-pitch at-bat with his first career grand slam and Seth Lugo tossed six strong innings as the visiting Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Saturday night.Lugo (10-2) reached double digits in wins for the first time in his nine-year career while yielding two runs on six hits. John Schreiber, Sam Long and Nick Anderson combined for three scoreless innings to help the Royals even the three-game series at a game apiece.Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto exited the game after two innings due to triceps tightness. The right-hander threw 28 pitches and was replaced by Michael Grove to start the third inning.Gavin Lux drove in both runs for Los Angeles, which has lost three of its last four games. Teoscar Hernandez added a pair of singles.Trailing 2-1 with one out in the sixth inning, Kansas City loaded the bases with three consecutive walks against Blake Treinen (2-1).After Adam Frazier struck out, Melendez fouled off six two-strike pitches and took a ball during his epic at-bat before depositing Treinen's 3-2 offering into the right field seats.Melendez entered the game mired in a 4-for-41 slump before hitting the 395-foot homer, his eighth this season.Treinen had not allowed a run this season, counting 13 scoreless frames since making his season debut on May 5.Kansas City broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Vinnie Pasquantino led off with a single, went to third on Freddy Fermin's one-out double, and scored on Nick Loftin's groundout.
Dodgers break tie in eighth inning, edge Royals

Dodgers break tie in eighth inning, edge Royals

Chris Taylor hit his first home run of the season and Freddie Freeman hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 4-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.Miguel Rojas also hit a home run for the Dodgers, who rebounded from consecutive home defeats against the Texas Rangers when they scored three combined runs.Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run for the Royals, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Maikel Garcia had two hits and a run for Kansas City, which also lost for the sixth time in its last eight road games.The Royals were the first to get on the scoreboard with a three-run fourth inning. Garcia led off the inning with a single and Vinnie Pasquantino worked a one-out walk. Perez drilled a first-pitch slider from Stone over the wall in left field, his 11th of the season, for a 3-0 lead.The Dodgers' followed the Royals' long-ball lead in the fifth inning with some production from the bottom of the order. Rojas followed an Andy Pages single with a home run to left field, his third bomb of the season.Two batters later, the Dodgers tied it when Taylor hit a home run to left off Royals left-hander Cole Ragans, Taylor's first long ball since last Sept. 7. Taylor entered batting just .100 (9-for-90) in 38 games.
Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Yankees throttle Royals for fourth straight win

Jose Trevino, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres hit multi-run homers as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5 on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.The Yankees quickly loaded the bases against Royals opener Dan Altavilla with two singles and a walk. With one out, Alex Verdugo smacked a bad-hop single past first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, scoring two.Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly brought in a run ahead of Trevino's three-run homer into the left field bullpen as New York took a 6-0 lead before the Royals ever came to bat.Altavilla (0-1) retired one of six batters faced, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks before giving way to Daniel Lynch IV with one out and the bases loaded.In the fifth, Stanton connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot 449 feet to left for an 8-0 lead.Torres hit his sixth homer in the seventh, a three-run blast to left for an 11-2 advantage.Trevino, Stanton and Anthony Volpe each had two of New York's 11 hits. Juan Soto reached base safely four times and scored three runs.Over his first five innings, Cody Poteet (3-0) allowed two singles and two walks but allowed no runs, inducing a pair of double-play grounders while facing just two over the minimum. He stumbled in the sixth, allowing three of the first four batters to reach base before being lifted. He ended up going 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.The Yankees have won 12 of 14 and outscored the Royals 25-8 while winning the first three of the four-game series.
Maikel Garcia's walk-off hit saves Royals from sweep to Yankees

Maikel Garcia's walk-off hit saves Royals from sweep to Yankees

Maikel Garcia's ninth-inning double boosted the host Kansas City Royals past the New York Yankees 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to avoid a four-game sweep.Trailing 3-2, the Royals rallied with three hits against closer Clay Holmes (1-2).With one out, Drew Waters reached on an infield hit, and Kyle Isbel singled with two outs. Garcia drove Holmes' 2-0 pitch into the left-field corner, scoring both runners for the Royals' fourth walk-off win.After getting just one hit against Kansas City starter Alec Marsh through seven innings, New York rallied for three runs in the eighth, starting with Anthony Rizzo's first homer since May 10.After Anthony Volpe hit a run-scoring groundout to tie the game, Juan Soto's single to right put the Yankees ahead. Soto was thrown out at second for the final out of the inning.James McArthur (3-3) allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth as the Royals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.Marsh walked two through six hitless frames before Soto broke up the no-hitter with a seventh-inning leadoff single. Marsh allowed just one runner past first and finished seven innings, striking out seven, including Aaron Judge three times.Opening the fourth, Garcia walked on four pitches and Bobby Witt Jr. slapped a single to center for a career-best 14-game hitting streak. Witt had two of Kansas City's nine hits and leads the majors with a .330 average.
Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

Royals OF Hunter Renfroe (fractured toe) placed on IL

The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day injured list and infielder Adam Frazier on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's home game against the New York Yankees.Renfroe fractured the big toe on his left foot during Monday's 4-2 loss against the Yankees. He fouled two pitches off the foot during a 12-pitch at-bat in the third inning against New York left-hander Carlos Rodon.Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said Renfroe is getting further imaging done before the club settles on a timetable for his return."We're getting one more exam on him (Tuesday) to see if we can clarify exactly what's wrong and how long it's going to be," Quatraro said. "He's in pain, but we're hopeful that the further testing gives us a better insight into what it is."Renfroe, 32, feels the fracture occurred during the first of the two foul balls. He eventually struck out and was replaced before the top of the fifth inning.The injury comes at a bad time, as Renfroe had found a groove at the plate. Prior to Monday's abbreviated night, Renfroe had a hit in nine straight games and was 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers and seven RBIs during that span."It's pretty aggravating," Renfroe said before Tuesday's game. "It always seems to happen, for any player really, once you start going good, you start moving around a lot, get on base a lot, all of a sudden, something happens. You pull something, you get hurt, a freak accident happens. It's one of those things in baseball where it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's part of it."The recent tear allowed Renfroe to increase his average to .200. He has six homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games.
Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Refreshed Aaron Judge drives in 3 as Yanks rout Royals

Aaron Judge, back from his first day off of the season, homered and knocked in three runs as the New York Yankees demolished the host Kansas City Royals 10-1 Tuesday.Following a rest day, Judge returned to deliver a first-inning RBI single, plating Anthony Volpe, who tripled on the second pitch of the game.In the seventh, Judge hit a two-run, 436-foot blast to center, his 25th, for a 9-0 Yankees lead. He is hitting .401 with 21 homers and 49 RBIs over his past 41 games.Giancarlo Stanton homered, his 16th, and drove in two for New York, which has won three straight and 11 of 13.The Yankees' Gleyber Torres delivered an RBI hit ahead of Austin Wells' three-run homer to center during a four-run fourth inning as the Yankees increased the margin to 6-0. The long ball was Wells' second of the year.New York starter Marcus Stroman (6-2) threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out one. Stroman is unbeaten in his past six starts.Yankees starters have thrown at least four innings in all 69 games this year, the longest single-season stretch in franchise history.New York has won 13 of its past 16 games against Kansas City.
Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon goes 7 strong innings as Yanks dump Royals

Carlos Rodon threw seven solid innings, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win on Monday against the host Kansas City Royals.Rodon (9-2) was aided by several fine defensive plays, including a diving stop by first baseman DJ LeMahieu on Bobby Witt Jr.'s sharp grounder along the first base line in the fourth inning.Nelson Velazquez got the Royals' first hit, opening the fifth with a sharp single to left. Nick Loftin followed with a broken-bat infield hit.Through six innings, the Royals managed just three baserunners -- two were erased on double-play grounders -- and only one advanced past second.Trailing 4-0, Kansas City broke through in the seventh with three hits, capped by Freddy Fermin's RBI single to center.Rodon allowed a run on five singles with three strikeouts to win his seventh consecutive start.The Yankees banged out eight singles against Seth Lugo (9-2), scoring two runs in the first and two in the fourth.Three consecutive first-inning hits produced a run when Alex Verdugo's sharp grounder past Witt at short, and LeMahieu collected his first RBI of the year with a squeeze bunt for a 2-0 lead.Jose Trevino's two-out, two-run hit to center gave New York a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Mariners avoid sweep, salvage finale vs. Royals

Julio Rodriguez hit a run-scoring single into right field with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to break a tie and the Seattle Mariners went on to defeat the host Kansas City Royals 6-5 Sunday afternoon to avoid a three-game sweep.With Josh Rojas the runner at second to open the 10th and the score tied at 3-3, the Mariners' Ryan Bliss put down a sacrifice bunt. After J.P. Crawford struck out, Dylan Moore drew a walk to bring up Rodriguez, whose eighth-inning double gave him hits in all 16 career games against the Royals. Rodriguez grounded a single to right off James McArthur (2-3), scoring Rojas and sending Moore to third.A walk to Mitch Garver loaded the bases for Cal Raleigh, who hit a two-run single to right to make it 6-3.Hunter Renfroe led off the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer to left off Austin Voth to score ghost runner Freddy Fermin, pulling the Royals within a run. Following a single by Matt Isbel, Voth gotMaikel Garcia to ground into a forceout and Bobby Witt Jr. to fly out to right before lefty Tayler Saucedo retired Vinnie Pasquantino on a groundout to second to earn his third save.Mariners reliever Mike Baumann (3-0) was credited with the victory despite blowing a chance for his first career save in the ninth. With two outs, the Royals' Nick Loftin doubled to right-center and MJ
Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier helps Royals knock off Mariners

Adam Frazier went 2 for 2 with a double and home run against his former team as the Kansas City Royals defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 8-4 Saturday afternoon.Vinnie Pasquantino and Kyle Isbel added two-run doubles for the Royals, who have won the first two games of the series after rallying from an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 decision Friday night.J.P. Crawford and Mitch Garver homered for the Mariners.Royals starter Alec Marsh (5-3) earned the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight.Seattle's Luis Castillo (5-7) gave up five runs on six hits in five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.Crawford hit the game's first pitch over the right-field wall.The Royals tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning as Maikel Garcia led off with a single, stole second and scored on Salvador Perez's two-out single to left.Kansas City took the lead in the second as, with one out, Frazier capped a nine-pitch at-bat by going deep to right.
Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Royals erase 8-run deficit to stun Mariners

Bobby Witt Jr. hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the ninth inning and then scored the winning run as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-9 victory against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Friday night.MJ Melendez launched a three-run homer for the Royals, who trailed 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.Seattle's Ryan Bliss hit his first major league homer, capping a seven-run first inning.Royals reliever Nick Anderson (3-1) got the victory and Seattle's Ryne Stanek (3-1) took the loss.Trailing 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Loftin drew a leadoff walk and Garrett Hampson hit an infield single to third. The runners advanced to second and third after Josh Rojas' errant throw. Maikel Garcia grounded out to short to pull the Royals within a run before Witt tripled into the left field corner to tie the score.The Mariners intentionally walked Vinnie Pasquantino and Salvador Perez to load the bases for Nelson Velazquez, who hit a hard one-hopper to Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, who made a diving stop but was unable to turn a double play.All seven of Seattle's runs in the first scored with two outs. Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch with one out, Julio Rodriguez lined a single to left and France was plunked to load the bases. With two outs, Mitch Garver drew a walk to score the first run. Mitch Haniger lined a three-run double to center and Victor Robles doubled to left-center to make it 5-0. Bliss then launched a 2-2 fastball just to the left of the fountains in left field, a 421-foot blast.The Mariners added a run in the fourth on a leadoff single by Crawford, a one-out walk to Rodriguez and France's ground-rule double down the right field line.
Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel's clutch hit gives Royals edge over Guardians

Kyle Isbel delivered a two-out, tiebreaking single in the eighth, and five Kansas City relievers held the Cleveland Guardians without a hit over 5 1/3 innings, during the Royals' 4-3 road win Thursday.Relievers Will Smith, Angel Zerpa, Sam Long (1-1), John Schreiber and James McArthur (12th save) stymied the AL Central-leading Guardians to split this abbreviated two-game series. Vinny Pasquantino and Hunter Renfroe each had two hits with an RBI as the Royals won for the third time in 10 games.Jose Ramirez hit his 17th homer for Cleveland, which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and couldn't take advantage of the Royals stranding 11 men.Kansas City took advantage of some early poor defense from Cleveland. Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez couldn't handle Maikel Garcia's liner to open the game. Garcia then went to third via first baseman Josh Naylor's error on starter Tanner Bibee's pickoff attempt and scored when Pasquantino doubled to right.In the fourth, Ramirez added an RBI infield hit following consecutive two-out singles from Steven Kwan and Gimenez to make it 3-1.
Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Royals-Guardians postponed due to inclement weather

Wednesday's game between the Kansas City Royals and host Cleveland Guardians was postponed due to inclement weather in Northern Ohio.The contest will be rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 26, in Cleveland as part of a split doubleheader.The Royals and Guardians will finish what is now a two-game series on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland notched an 8-5 win in the series opener on Tuesday.Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer (4-2, 2.63 ERA) was slated to start Wednesday but will now take the ball on Thursday.
Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Guardians escape five-run hole, dump Royals

Tyler Freeman's two-run, tying homer highlighted a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Guardians rallied from a five-run deficit to down the visiting Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Tuesday night.Later in the inning, the Guardians loaded the bases against relievers Sam Long (0-1) and Angel Zerpa. With two outs, Cleveland's David Fry hit a chopper to Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who failed to touch second base for a force while throwing wild to first -- allowing all three runners to score.Kansas City couldn't answer and wasted a pair of two-run homers by Witt in the opener of a three-game set, losing for the seventh time in nine games.Lugo, who entered 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA, allowed a season-high five runs with six hits in six-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.Cleveland's Triston McKenzie also allowed five runs, on nine hits and two walks, and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Cade Smith (3-0) got the win and Emmanuel Clase recorded his 19th save for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who have won 16 of 20 and became the third team to reach 40 victories.
Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Royals score 3 in ninth to shock Padres, avoid sweep

Nelson Velazquez's two-run triple and Nick Loftin's sacrifice fly rallied the Kansas City Royals past the visiting San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to salvage the final game of the weekend series.With the Royals trailing by two, Vinnie Pasquantino singled and Salvador Perez walked to lead off the ninth. Velazquez blasted a 1-1 slider from Yuki Matsui (3-1) deep to center field, tying the game.Loftin delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly to right as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak.Velazquez's first triple since 2022 was the only extra-base hit for the Royals, who extended their streak of at least one such hit to a club-record 61 games, the third-longest streak to begin a season in the last 10 years.The Padres gained a 3-1 lead with four straight hits to open the eighth.Tyler Wade reached on an infield hit and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt before Fernando Tatis Jr. delivered an RBI hit through the drawn-in infield.Jurickson Profar followed with another infield hit and Manny Machado drove an RBI hit to right against Angel Zerpa, who faced four hitters, allowing singles to each while surrendering two runs.Kansas City's Will Klein (1-0) earned his first career win with a hitless ninth.Starting pitchers Michael King of San Diego and Cole Ragans of Kansas City battled to a 1-all draw through six innings.

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