Five-run 5th leads Royals to victory

The KC Royals beat Boston, 7-4. The Royals took the lead for good with a five-run bottom of the fifth.

DH Kendrys Morales at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

DH Kendrys Morales at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals got on the board in the second on a Salvador Perez solo home run. Kendrys Morales, the birthday boy, hit a two out, two-run homer in the fifth.

The Royals 5th inning started with a hit batter. There was a balk, three singles, a sac fly, a walk, and the Morales homer.

Lorenzo Cain stole three bases, though he did get thrown out trying to steal home. He also had two hits.

Though the Royals won and collected 11 hits, only three went for extra bases.

Edinson Volquez struggled through 5.1 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. Mookie Betts led off the game with a homer.

Volquez left in the sixth with a runner on third base and one out. In came lefty Franklin Morales, who struck out pinch-hitter Sandy Leon. Next up was Ryan Madson, who struck out Betts to end the threat. At that moment, the Royals were clinging to a 6-4 lead.

Kelvin Herrera allowed a hit in the seventh and Wade Davis allowed a hit in the eighth. Greg Holland earned his 13th save, as he worked around a walk in the ninth.


*In roster news, Yohan Pino was sent back to Triple-A Omaha and fellow starter Aaron Brooks was called up. However, Brooks is expected to be the long man in the bullpen. Lefty Danny Duffy, who was supposed to make a rehab start with Double-A NW Arkansas on Monday will instead be activated from the DL to start on Wednesday in Seattle for the Royals.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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