for this game

Chen strong on mound, Royals down Diamondbacks

May 20, 2012 - 3:15 AM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Billy Butler smacked a two-run homer and drove in three while Mike Moustakas belted a solo shot and scored three runs as the Kansas City Royals downed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-3, in the middle test of a three-game interleague series.

Bruce Chen (3-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning four in 6 1/3 innings for the Royals, who snapped a three-game losing skid.

"Our offense did a real good job today. They gave us seven runs and we played good. We needed this win at home," Chen said.

Kansas City put across at least a run in between each of the second and sixth innings and jumped out to a 7-0 advantage.

Ian Kennedy (3-4) was charged with six runs on eight hits and a walk in 4 1/3 frames for Arizona, which had won three of its last four coming in.

"It was terrible," Kennedy said of his outing. "I was falling behind guys. I wasn't throwing strikes and they did what they needed to do."

Kennedy, who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting a year ago, is 0-4 with a 5.92 earned run average in his last four starts after going 9-0 with a 2.34 ERA over his prior 12 outings.

The Royals surged ahead early with a run in the second frame, two in the third one in the fourth, a pair in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Chris Getz slapped an RBI single up the middle in the second and Butler belted a two-run shot over the wall in left-center in the third.

Moustakas launched a solo homer to right field in the fourth and a run-scoring single by Eric Hosmer and a sac fly from Butler put the Royals ahead 6-0 after five. Jarrod Dyson added a sac fly in the sixth.

The Diamondbacks finally broke through in the seventh with a pair of runs. Ryan Roberts lined an RBI double to left and Willie Bloomquist's run-scoring single through the hole on the right side cut the deficit to 7-2.

Jason Kubel lifted a sac fly in the eighth inning.

Game Notes

Arizona is 12-8 all-time against Kansas City and fell to 10-4 at Kauffman Stadium...Arizona was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position while Kansas City was 3-for-7.








  • ARIZONA: 3
    KANSAS CITY: 7
    Final

    May 19 10:10 PM
  • 40
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 57 roots

    Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7  Mid 8May 19 9:54 PM


  • Jason Kubel sacrifice fly to left scored Justin Upton. Runners on first and second with one out and Paul Goldschmidt due up.

    Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7  Top 8, 1 OutMay 19 9:46 PM
  • 97
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 61 roots

    Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7  Top 8, 1 OutMay 19 9:46 PM


  • Willie Bloomquist single to right scored Ryan Roberts. Runner on first with one out and Aaron Hill due up.

    Diamondbacks 2, Royals 7  Top 7, 1 OutMay 19 9:27 PM
  • 36
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 9 roots

    Diamondbacks 2, Royals 7  Top 7, 1 OutMay 19 9:27 PM


  • Ryan Roberts double to left scored Paul Goldschmidt. Runner on second with one out and Willie Bloomquist due up.

    Diamondbacks 1, Royals 7  Top 7, 1 OutMay 19 9:23 PM


  • Jarrod Dyson sacrifice fly to center scored Mike Moustakas. Runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Hosmer due up.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 7  Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 19 9:15 PM


  • Billy Butler sacrifice fly to center scored Jarrod Dyson. Runner on second with one out and Alex Gordon due up.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 6  Bot 5, 1 OutMay 19 8:49 PM


  • Eric Hosmer single to right scored Alcides Escobar. On the play, Jarrod Dyson advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Billy Butler due up.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 19 8:47 PM


  • Mike Moustakas one-out, solo Home Run (6) to right. Brayan Pena due up.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 4  Bot 4, 1 OutMay 19 8:30 PM
  • 27
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 11 roots

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 3  Top 4, 2 OutsMay 19 8:24 PM


  • Billy Butler two-out, two-run Home Run (8) to left center scored Alcides Escobar. Alex Gordon due up.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 3  Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 19 8:15 PM
  • 16
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 8 roots

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 1  Mid 3May 19 8:05 PM


  • Chris Getz single to center scored Mike Moustakas. On the play, Brayan Pena thrown out at third to end the inning.

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 1  End 2May 19 7:54 PM
  • 8
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 8 roots

    Diamondbacks 0, Royals 0  Top 2, 1 OutMay 19 7:40 PM


  • ARIZONA: 0
    KANSAS CITY: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    May 19 7:16 PM