The KC Royals won their series finale in Texas, 6-3 to split the series. They now head home to play the NY Yankees over the weekend.
Jeremy Guthrie put together his second straight solid start for the Royals, though he was pulled after five innings (at 94 pitches). He allowed two runs on six hits and two hit batters (Prince Fielder).
Then the bullpen went to work.
Ryan Madson threw a perfect sixth on seven pitches. Luke Hochevar recorded an out, but allowed a hit and a walk and was pulled in favor of Kelvin Herrera, who allowed one of the runs to score.
Wade Davis pitched a perfect eighth (13 pitches) and Greg Holland earned his first save since coming off the DL. He walked two, but escaped without allowing a run. It is the first time since the middle of April that Herrera, Davis, and Holland pitched in the same game.
The Royals made a 1-0 first inning lead stand up.
Alcides Escobar drove in three runs on three hits. Eric Hosmer hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth (one of his three hits). Kendrys Morales had two more hits, including his 13th double. Omar Infante and backup catcher Drew Butera each had two hits (with each hitting a double).
Unfortunately, the Royals didn’t get the chance to face former farmhand Spencer Patton during the four-game series. He did not pitch in the first three games and was sent back to the minors prior to today’s game. Maybe he’ll join Round Rock in time tonight to pitch in their doubleheader against Omaha?