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Diamondbacks lose 4-3 to Royals

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 12:38 am •  Published: August 7, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had little chance against the big-swinging Kansas City Royals in the series opener.

The Diamondbacks sure had plenty in the second game — and failed to capitalize on most of them.

Josh Collmenter pitched six solid innings against everyone except Mike Moustakas, but the Diamondbacks stranded 10 runners in a 4-3 loss to the Royals Wednesday night.

"It was a game we should have done better, a more productive job of taking care of our opportunities," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Kansas City rolled over Arizona in the opener and had just enough offense for Yordana Ventura (9-8) to take the second game.

Moustakas, who was 1 for 13 to start the six-game road trip, hit a two-run homer off Collmenter (8-6) in the third inning and added a run-scoring single off the right-hander in the fourth. He was initially called out on the groundball in the ninth inning, but a review showed his headfirst dive beat the throw, allowing Billy Butler to score for a 4-2 lead.

The Royals needed the extra run, too; closer Greg Holland gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to Mark Trumbo in the bottom half before closing out his 32nd save.

The scrappy victory was the Royals' sixth in seven games, pulling them within 3 1-2 games of Detroit in the AL Central.

"This was a big win for us with Detroit losing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Every game is huge."

The Diamondbacks certainly had their chances, particularly against Ventura.

Miguel Montero had three of Arizona's 12 hits and Hill had his 1,300th career hit with a run-scoring single in the third inning.

The Diamondbacks just couldn't come up with the big hits when they needed them, finishing 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

"That is the difference: him (Ventura) pitching and getting out of jams and me pitching myself into a jam and not getting out of it," Collmenter said.

The Royals turned the series opener into a laugher, scoring 10 runs on three swings. Nori Aoki hit a grand slam, Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, and Salvador Perez added a three-run shot in the 12-2 rout.

Kansas City had another long ball early against Collmenter, this one a two-run shot by Moustakas in the second inning, his team-leading 14th of the season. The Royals tacked on another run in the fourth, going up 3-2 on Moustakas' run-scoring single.

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