Share “Moustakas, Royals defeat Dodgers 7-2”

Moustakas, Royals defeat Dodgers 7-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Moustakas keeps hitting home runs and the Kansas City Royals keep winning.

Moustakas went 3 for 3 and homered for the second consecutive day to help Kansas City beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Wednesday.

The Royals lead the Cactus League with an 18-6 record.

"I'm just seeing the ball good right now," Moustakas said. "It's still spring. It still doesn't count too much, but right now we're playing good baseball altogether. That's the important thing we take from this. Right now we're playing as a team and everything is kind of meshing together as one."

Moustakas connected for his team-high fourth home run in the fifth inning off reliever Matt Guerrier.

"Moose is swinging the bat really well right now," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Lorenzo Cain and Johnny Giavotella added solo home runs for Kansas City.

"I just try to hit line drives all over the field and if it goes out, hey, good for me," said Cain, limited to 61 games last season because of injuries. "My only goal is staying healthy and being out on the field and let my game on the field take care of itself."

Royals right-hander Wade Davis, who skipped a spring training start with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in four-plus innings. He gave up only two hits but walked four and threw just 36 strikes in 64 pitches.

Davis was lifted after a single and two walks in the fifth. Luis Coleman, however, got Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and struck out Mark Ellis.

"I thought it was OK," Davis said. "I got a little away from the attack mode there towards the end and lost a little bit of a feel for the strike zone. The fatigue actually wasn't bad at all. I just lost a little bit of feel towards the end and the release point got a little bit off, but that will be something we can correct pretty quickly."

Davis said his shoulder "felt great."

Continue reading this story on the...