The KC Royals finally got a solid start from Yordano Ventura and some two out hits to beat visiting Cincinnati, 3-0. The game lasted just two hours and 12 minutes.
Ventura allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings. All four hits were singles. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
The Reds got their first hit to lead off the 3rd inning, a Jay Bruce single. Devin Mesoraco followed with a single. But after a sac bunt, Ventura got a ground out and a strike out to end the threat. Todd Frazier singled with one out in the fourth and the Reds final hit came in the fifth on a two out Mesoraco single.
Ventura retired the final seven batters he faced. He also only threw 88 pitches, so many were questioning manager Ned Yost’s removal of him. But hey, let him end a start on a good note.
The Royals bullpen was up to the task of closing out the shutout. Kelvin Herrera worked around a one out walk of Mesoraco in the eighth. Wade Davis, not Greg Holland, earned the save by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Holland had a stiff neck and was unavailable.
Three of the Royals nine hits came in the 2nd inning, when they got on the board with an Omar Infante two out single. Paulo Orlando singled to lead off the fifth and came around to score on Mike Moustakas‘ one out double. Moose added another RBI double in the seventh with two outs.