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Greinke leads Royals to 7-3 win over Reds

Jun 13, 2010 - 9:41 PM CINCINNATI(AP) -- Zack Greinke was due, and Reds manager Dusty Baker knew it.

"You're always a little apprehensive and nervous when a guy of that quality is 1-8," Baker said. "You figure the law of averages is on his side."

Greinke struck out 12 in a five-hitter, ending a personal four-start skid and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Greinke (2-8) allowed two solo homers to Joey Votto but was in control throughout his first victory since May 13 against Cleveland and his second complete game of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner benefited from some rare run support. Kansas City hadn't scored more than six runs in any game while Greinke was on mound.

"One or two runs don't matter, but getting four runs at the end of the game made it a lot easier to pitch," he said.

Billy Butler set season highs with four hits, including a homer, and four RBIs for Kansas City, which took two of three in the weekend series. David DeJesus went 3 for 3 with a homer and scored four times.

"We've had a stretch of games where we haven't scored a lot of runs," Butler said. "I hadn't been able to get the pitchers to come to me. They were pitching me tough - pounding me inside. Today, I was able to get them to come to me. I was able to stay back on the off-speed pitches."

The Royals scored six runs with two out, including Butler's two-run shot in the fifth that gave them a 3-2 lead. DeJesus singled and stole second before Butler hit a 1-0 pitch from Sam LeCure over the wall in center for his sixth homer and first since May 26 against Texas.

Butler added a two-run double in the seventh after the Royals chased LeCure (1-3), making it 5-2.

"That double to right field was huge," Kansas City managed Ned Yost said. "As long as he's driving in runs, I don't care how he does it."

Butler also doubled in the ninth to make it seven hits in his last eight at-bats.

LeCure allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. The rookie right-hander has faced Cy Young winners Greinke and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter and tough San Francisco starter Matt Cain in his last three games.

"I plan to play this game a long time, and if I want to be considered legitimate, then I have to prove that I can beat those guys," LeCure said.

DeJesus connected in the ninth against Nick Masset, hitting the struggling reliever's first pitch to him deep to center.

Votto hit his 13th homer in the bottom half but Greinke responded by striking out Jonny Gomes and Jay Bruce to end the game.

"You can see why he won the Cy Young Award," Baker said.

Votto also went deep in the first and Miguel Cairo had an RBI groundout as Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead.

NOTES: Royals C Jason Kendall went 0 for 5 and is mired in a 1-for-28 skid. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was scratched with a cramp in his right hamstring, which also forced him out of a game against Pittsburgh on May 27. Phillips had started every game this season and missed just five innings. His 15-game hitting streak is Cincinnati's longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.








  • Reds 3, Royals 7 - FINAL
    KANSAS CITY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    S Podsednik lf 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 .282
    J Kendall c 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .269
    D DeJesus cf 3 4 3 1 2 0 0 .314
    B Butler 1b 5 1 4 4 0 0 1 .335
    J Guillen rf 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 .262
    W Betemit 3b 4 1 2 0 0 2 2 .500
    Y Betancour

    Jun 13 3:37 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOEY VOTTO (13) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF ZACK GREINKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7, CINCINNATI 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J GOMES (.302, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 7, Reds 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 13 3:34 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID DEJESUS (5) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF NICK MASSET.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7, CINCINNATI 2
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.332, 3-FOR-4, HR, 4 RBI)

    Royals 7, Reds 2  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 13 3:29 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY CHRIS GETZ SCORED WILSON BETEMIT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GETZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    CINCINNATI 2 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: Z GREINKE (.000, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 6, Reds 2  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 13 3:18 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED DAVID DEJESUS AND SCOTT
    PODSEDNIK
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BUTLER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    CINCINNATI 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.265, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Royals 5, Reds 2  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 13 3:04 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BILLY BUTLER (6) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF SAM LECURE SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3, CINCINNATI 2
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.266, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 3, Reds 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 13 2:21 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOEY VOTTO (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF ZACK GREINKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, CINCINNATI 2
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J GOMES (.307, 9 HR, 47 RBI)

    Royals 1, Reds 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 13 1:31 PM


  • ML
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MIGUEL CAIRO SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    CINCINNATI 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VOTTO (.302, 11 HR, 39 RBI)

    Royals 1, Reds 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 13 1:29 PM


  • ML
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 1 1 2 0
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - ZACK GREINKE
    CIN - SAM LECURE

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: O CABRERA (.261, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
    M CAIRO (.284, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
    J VOTTO (.302, 11 HR, 39 RBI)

    Royals 1, Reds 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 13 1:24 PM