Aug 6, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Moustakas drives in Four Runs in Royals Win

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Mike Moustakas drove in 4 runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix Wednesday night.

Moustakas opened the scoring with a 2-run home run (14) in the 2nd inning, and then drove in Alex Gordon from second with a single in the 4th inning to take a 3-2 lead. Finally, Moustakas ground out to second in the 8th inning to score Billy Butler with KC’s 4th run.

Moustakas’ offensive heroics made a winner of rookie Yordano Ventura (9-8).

The Royals are now 6 games above .500 at 59-53. Kansas City gained a game on Detroit to pull within 3.5 games of the American League Central lead. The Royals remain .5 games behind Toronto for the 2nd A.L. Wild Card spot.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned runs with 8 strikeouts. Ventura earned his 9th win of the season while lowering his ERA to 3.47.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing 1 walk with 1 strikeout.

Wade Davis sputtered through the 8th, but did not allow a run despite giving up 2 hits.

Greg Holland earned his 32nd save even though he gave up 1 run on 2 hits with 1 strikeout.

At the Plate

Mike Moustakas was the man on Wednesday night, driving in all 4 of KC’s runs while going 2-4, a home run (14), single, 1 run scored, and 4 RBI’s. Way to go Moose.

Moose’s timely hitting allowed the Royals to maximize the output from only 5 hits and 2 walks. Moustakas was the only Royal to get more than 1 hit Wednesday night.

Lorenzo Cain did manage to get on base twice, going 1-3 with a single, 1 walk, and 1 run scored.

This and That

The Royals are now 2-0 since S. Korean fan Sung Woo Lee came to Kansas City. If the team continues to win, Royals management might not let him go home.

If Kansas City pulls off the sweep in Arizona, the Royals will tie their season-high of 7 games over .500 set on June 18 (last day of KC’s season-long 10-game winning streak).

Moustakas’ RBI in the 8th inning came on a lined shot to second that was initially ruled an inning-ending double play until KC manager Ned Yost successfully challenged the call. Moose managed to beat the throw by hustling down the line.

The Royals are 32-26 on the road and .500 at home.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Not only did Moustakas pile up 2 clutch hits and drove in all 4 of KC’s runs, he also pulled out an RBI by diving into first to beat what appeared to be a successful relay throw from 2nd for a double-play.

The DIamondbacks

Aaron Hill had a big game for the Diamondbacks, going 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Hill also made an outstanding stop on Moustakas’ screaming grounder and almost turned an inning-ending double play.

Up Next

The Royals will attempt to finish off the sweep of their 3-game set with Arizona on Thursday. The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against Vidal Nuno (2-7, 4.78 ERA) for the Diamondbacks. Game time is 8:40 PM CST at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .261 .331 .333 .664
   Wade Davis P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Greg Holland P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .264 .304 .362 .666
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .273 .311 .418 .729
Billy Butler 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .275 .324 .377 .701
Alex Gordon LF 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 .274 .352 .414 .766
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 .306 .342 .417 .759
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 1 2 4 0 0 4 .195 .260 .391 .651
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .277 .314 .374 .688
Yordano Ventura P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
   Raul Ibanez PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .171 .255 .304 .559
   Kelvin Herrera P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jarrod Dyson CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .325 .326 .651
Team Totals 32 4 5 4 2 7 35 .156 .229 .281 .510

2B: B Butler (23, off M Stites).
HR: M Moustakas (14, off J Collmenter, 2nd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).
HBP: A Gordon (7, by M Stites).
TB: M Moustakas 5; B Butler 2; L Cain; A Escobar.
RBI: M Moustakas 4 (46).
2-out RBI: M Moustakas 3.
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 1 for 4.

Diamondbacks Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Ender Inciarte CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 5 .247 .279 .315 .595
Cliff Pennington 3B 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 .253 .330 .329 .659
Aaron Hill 2B 4 1 2 1 1 2 5 .251 .290 .381 .671
Mark Trumbo 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 5 .214 .259 .390 .649
Miguel Montero C 4 0 3 0 0 1 4 .260 .342 .402 .744
   Nick Ahmed PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228 .254 .316 .570
   Matt Stites P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Oliver Perez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Andy Marte PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .188 .188 .375 .563
David Peralta RF 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .315 .348 .467 .815
Didi Gregorius SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .248 .333 .426 .760
Roger Kieschnick LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .184 .184 .289 .474
Josh Collmenter P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .143 .125 .268
   Jordan Pacheco PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .245 .291 .353 .644
   Evan Marshall P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Tuffy Gosewisch PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243 .274 .329 .603
Team Totals 38 3 12 3 2 11 41 .316 .341 .395 .736

B: M Montero (18, off Y Ventura).
3B: E Inciarte (1, off Y Ventura).
SF: M Trumbo (2, off G Holland).
TB: M Montero 4; E Inciarte 3; D Peralta 2; A Hill 2; C Pennington 2; R Kieschnick; M Trumbo.
RBI: A Hill (51); M Trumbo (25); D Peralta (23).
2-out RBI: D Peralta.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 2 for 14.

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Yordano Ventura, W (9-8) 6 8 2 2 1 8 0 3.47 105 67
Kelvin Herrera, H (11) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.69 21 13
Wade Davis, H (22) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.93 20 13
Greg Holland, S (32) 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.85 18 13
Team Totals 9 12 3 3 2 11 0 3.00 164 106
Diamondbacks Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Josh Collmenter, L (8-6) 6 3 3 3 2 6 1 4.09 86 55
Evan Marshall 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.34 22 16
Matt Stites 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 6.19 7 6
Oliver Perez 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.84 5 4
Team Totals 9 5 4 4 2 7 1 4.00 120 81

Balks: None.
WP: Y Ventura (9).
HBP: M Stites (1; A Gordon).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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