The KC Royals received another poor start, yet still held on for the 7-4 victory to win the series over Cleveland.
This time it was Edinson Volquez, who blamed a blister that burst on his control problems. He walked six over three innings, throwing 78 pitches. He allowed three runs and two hits.
The Royals bullpen is being taxed, but they stepped up this afternoon.
It started with lefty Franklin Morales, who threw two scoreless innings. Then Luke Hochevar made his season debut and left to a sold out crowd giving him a standing ovation. Hochevar was perfect with two strikeouts.
After Ryan Madson allowed a solo home run to Carlos Santana in his one inning of work, Wade Davis worked a perfect eighth (just nine pitches). Closer Greg Holland made his first appearance since coming off the DL and earned his fifth save of the season. He needed just six pitches.
The Royals took a 4-0 lead in the first off the reigning American League CY Young award winner Corey Kluber. Eric Hosmer capped the inning with a three-run home run.
In the fifth, Salvador Perez singled in a run with two outs. They tacked on two more in the seventh on Omar Infante‘s two-run double.
The Royals now head out on the road for seven games, starting with Detroit over the weekend. They will be throwing Yordano Ventura (who returns from his suspension) Friday night against the Tigers David Price.