After coming off an impressive week against NL West competition, the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Kansas City for an Interleague matchup with the Royals. The game was the Dodgers first in Kansas City since 2005.
Zack Greinke took the mound for the Dodgers in a homecoming return, but it was Jeremy Guthrie who appeared to be a Cy Young winner. Guthrie breezed through the first two innings on just 12 pitches.
Greinke gave up a leadoff solo home run to Salvador Perez in the second inning before retiring the next two batters. Alcides Escobar then singled up the middle and advanced to second following a wild pitch. Escobar would score on the next pitch on a Jarrod Dyson base hit.
Guthrie continued to get through the Dodger lineup with ease, getting hitters to bite early in the count, which led to quick outs. Yasiel Puig managed to put a charge into the ball, but Dyson made a nice play at the wall to end the top of the fourth.
Andre Ethier made a nice sliding catch of his own to rob Mike Moustakas of a base hit in the bottom of the fourth. Greinke got out of a bit of a jam by striking out Escobar after Omar Infante moved into scoring position by stealing second.
The Dodgers finally threatened in the fifth by getting two quick singles, but couldn’t capitalize as they left runners at the corners following an Ethier strikeout and grounders by A.J. Ellis and Miguel Rojas.
Dyson continued to have himself a good night as he singled and promptly stole second base in the fifth. He would come around to score on a Lorenzo Cain single to right and the Royals held a 3-0 lead.
Gordon reached on a bunt single in the sixth and moved over to second as Ramirez hit into a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Puig lined out to right and the Dodgers remained scoreless.
With Greinke continuing to struggle, the Royals added to their lead with two more runs in the sixth. Greinke gave way to Jamey Wright, who recorded the final out of the inning. Ramirez got the Dodgers on the board in the eighth with a two-out double that scored two runs.
Chris Perez pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first action since June 15. With the Dodgers trailing 5-2, Adrian Gonzalez hit a leadoff home run in the ninth. Greg Holland put an end to any thoughts of a comeback as he retired the next three batters.
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