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Royals Lose Opener in Houston

-The Royals (20-21) dropped a fourth straight game, losing the opener in Houston, 6-5. The loss drops Kansas City below .500 for the first time since the first week of the season.

-Jeremy Guthrie made the start, coming off his first loss since August, and wasn't on his game. His final line showed 5 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 3 BB on 96 pitches. His record fell to 5-2, and his ERA rose to 3.45.

-The Royals got on the board first, in the second inning. Eric Hosmer (3-for-4) hit a one-out single to second baseman Jose Altuve, which he had a tough time handling. Jeff Francoeur (3-for-4) followed with a bloop single to right field. Following a strike out by third baseman Miguel Tejada (1-for-4), Elliot Johnson (1-for-4) hit a single to left field, scoring Hosmer. The inning ended when the next batter, lead-off man Lorenzo Cain (0-for-4), dribbled a ball to pitcher Dallas Kuechel.

-The lead was short-lived. Guthrie walked Chris Carter with one out in the bottom of the second. Carlos Pena followed with a double, and Carter scored on a ground-out by Jimmy Paredes.

-Houston would take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Marwin Gonzalez led off with a single to center field. Robbie Grossman laid down a sacrifice bunt, pushing Gonzalez to second. He would advance to third after an error from Elliot Johnson on a pick-off attempt. Jose Altuve hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Gonzalez.

-Guthrie served up a solo home run to Jason Castro on a 1-0 slider left up in the zone, giving Houston a 3-1 lead.

-The back-and-forth affair continued in the 4th. Salvador Perez (1-for-3) led off with a single center field. Francoeur hit a one-out single to center, putting runners on first and second. Tejada followed with a first-pitch, no-doubt home run to deep left field. The Royals led 4-3...but not for long.

-Guthrie walked Pena with one out in the bottom of the 4th. After a Paredes double, Matt Dominguez hit a home run on a 3-1 fastball. Poor baserunning by the Astros in the 5th would cost them another run, but ended Guthrie's day nonetheless.

-The Royals would add one more in the 8th, giving you the final score of 6-4. Hosmer hit a one-out double to left field, and was driven in on an RBI double from Francoeur. 

-Salvador Perez left the game after the fifth inning. The catcher chased down a foul ball in the inning, and smashed into the railing in front of the Astros dugout. He left the game with what the team called "discomfort in his right hip." Perez says he plans on playing tomorrow, but Yost admitted he may need the day off. 

-The bullpen consisted of a shaky 6th inning from J.C. Gutierrez (1 H, 2 BB), a dynamite 7th from Luke Hochevar (1 K) and an easy 8th from Aaron Crow.

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Locations : Houston
People : Aaron CrowCarlos PenaChris CarterDallas KuechelElliot JohnsonEric HosmerJason CastroJeff FrancoeurJeremy GuthrieJimmy ParedesJose AltuveLorenzo CainLuke HochevarMarwin GonzalezMatt DominguezMiguel TejadaRobbie GrossmanSalvador Perez

05/21/2013 12:16AM
Royals Lose Opener in Houston
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