The KC Royals held on to beat visiting Baltimore, 5-3 to win the four-game series.
The Royals scored at least one run in four straight innings (4-7).
Mike Moustakas continued his hot hitting against the O’s, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Paulo Orlando hit a solo home run in the sixth.
Yordano Ventura allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings. Though he walked four, he struck out 11. Two of those walks came in the 1st inning, but he struck out the side. The O’s had runners at second and third with two outs in the 3rd inning, but Matt Wieters struck out.
Ventura was then perfect over the next two innings before getting out of a jam in the sixth.
Then the bullpen bent, but didn’t break.
Kelvin Herrera allowed a run in the seventh on a Ryan Flaherty leadoff homer. Wade Davis struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. Closer Greg Holland was once again shaky after dealing with a “cranky” arm.
Holland retired the first batter before allowing a double. After a strikeout, it looked like Holland might escape. Instead, Caleb Joseph doubled in a run and Manny Machado followed with an RBI single. After a coaching visit, Holland induced a ground out to end the game.
*The Texas League announced their postseason All-Stars and two NW Arkansas players made the list.
Despite his promotion to Triple-A Omaha on July 4th (and subsequent season-ending injury), first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor made the cut. He was also voted in as the starting first baseman in the TL All-Star Game. Fuenmayor hit .354 in 291 at-bats with 22 doubles, 15 home runs, and 51 RBIs with the Naturals.
Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic was named as one of the starting pitchers. In the second half, he is 5-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 11 appearances (ten starts). Opponents are hitting just .210 against him. Dziedzic has walked 12 in the second half compared to 48 strikeouts in 62 innings.