D-Backs' bats go quiet in 6-2 loss to Kansas City

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 12:34 am •  Published: August 8, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb got an RBI single in his major league debut.

Unfortunately for Arizona, that third-inning hit was the last for the Diamondbacks all night.

Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 19 batters in Kansas City's first complete game this season, and the Royals won 6-2 on Thursday for a three-game interleague sweep of the Diamondbacks.

"We were swinging the bats good the first three innings," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had a lot of opportunities. We didn't capitalize as good as we could have. We had only two runs, then he shut us down."

Arizona right fielder David Peralta said Guthrie threw more cutters to the Diamondbacks' left-handed hitters as the game went on.

"He tried to get it in and jam us," Peralta said. "We were trying to make an adjustment. It didn't work this time for us, it worked for him."

Guthrie (8-9) allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked none in his eighth career complete game.

"I think it's the pitcher's goal every time is to get as deep as they can," he said. "I haven't done that very well, especially the last couple of months. So it's nice to have a high pitch count out there early but be able to settle in and get through some quick innings."

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and Alcides Escobar had a two-run single for the Royals, who have won four in a row and 12 of 15 to pull within 2 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

Vidal Nuno (2-8) lasted just four innings for Arizona, allowing five runs and seven hits. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.05 ERA in six starts since he was acquired in a trade with the Yankees that sent Brandon McCarthy to New York.

"I kept on leaving that ball up," Nuno said. "They found a way to get the ball in play and, sure enough, they scored five runs."

Billy Butler led off the second with a double to the left-field corner, and Gordon drove the next pitch from Nuno just inside the right-field foul pole for his 10th homer.

Kansas City (60-53) moved seven games above .500, matching its season high. It went 5-1 on a trip to Oakland and Arizona and is 33-26 on the road this season.

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