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Rockies fall to the Royals 7-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 12:26 am •  Published: August 20, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies got the starting pitching performance they needed, it just wasn't enough against the hottest team in baseball.

Rookie Tyler Matzek had his best outing in nearly a month but faltered in the seventh inning. That opened the door for the Kansas City Royals, who scored three times each in the seventh and eighth to beat the Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs for the Royals, who have now won 22 of 27 after getting to Matzek in the seventh.

"He did a nice job tonight, getting deep into the game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Matzek. "So he's making strides. We're seeing him develop in front of our eyes. He's done a nice job this year. He's a guy that's stepped up for us."

He couldn't sustain it, however. Matzek (2-9) came into Tuesday with a 9.60 ERA in August but was having his best start since blanking Pittsburgh over seven innings on July 26 when he ran into trouble with two outs in the seventh. Matzek got the first two outs before allowing a pinch-hit single to Josh Willingham and walking Nori Aoki.

Adam Ottavino came on and gave up consecutive doubles to Infante and Salvador Perez to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.

"I know he's trying to play pepper up there," Ottavino said of Infante. "My intent was to throw it really high. I mis-executed it and he slapped it down the line."

The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth off Colorado's bullpen. Infante had a two-run double off Nick Masset after lefty Rex Brothers loaded the bases and walked in a run.

"Hasn't had his great command," Weiss said of Brothers. "He's gotten in a lot of deep counts, high pitch counts. Put the first couple guys away real quick and then struggled."

It was the second time in his career Infante has had three doubles in a game. The last time, May 27, 2004, came against the Royals when he was playing for Detroit.

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