The KC Royals swept the two-game series over visiting Cincinnati, winning tonight’s finale, 7-1.
However, the Royals pitchers’ scoreless streak came to an end at 24.2 innings. That happened in the seventh, when Ryan Madson allowed a Brandon Phillips two out, RBI double (after a two out Zack Cozart single).
Madson entered in relief of starter Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched six scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and walked two while striking out three. All five hits were singles.
Guthrie escaped a bases loaded, one out jam in the first after a single and two walks. He then retired seven in a row.
Wade Davis pitched a scoreless eighth (one hit), but closer Greg Holland was not needed after the Royals tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth (his neck is feeling much better). So it was Luke Hochevar pitching a scoreless ninth (one hit and two strikeouts).
Meanwhile, the Royals offense made the most of their hits. Eric Hosmer doubled to lead off the second and came around to score on an Alex Gordon sac fly. That double extended Hosmer’s hitting streak to 13 games.
Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain led off the 4th inning with back-to-back singles. Moose scored on a fielder’s choice in which Phillips hesitated on his throw home. After Hosmer stole second base, Kendrys Morales drove in a run with a sac fly and Salvador Perez singled in Hosmer.
In the eighth, Morales doubled in a run with two outs and Gordon singled in Morales to provide some insurance.
Moose had another three hit game, his second straight.
The starters still have a 20 game scoreless streak. That streak will be put to the test this weekend, when the Royals play the I-70 series against visiting St. Louis beginning Friday night. It could be a World Series preview, as the Cardinals have the best record in baseball. Chris Young will start the opener.