The Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Kansas City Royals on Monday, just the seventh all-time meeting between the two franchises and first since 2005. The Royals got the best of their one-time ace and CY Young award winner Zack Greinke, beating the Dodgers 5-3.
Greinke was predictable from the get-go, trying to establish his fastball that the Royals hitters knew was coming. Salvador Perez crushed a solo home run to left field to start the bottom of the second inning to give Kansas City the early lead.
A few batters later, Alcides Escobar singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then would score on Jarrod Dyson’s single a couple of pitches later. That wasn’t the last the Dodgers would see of Dyson, though.
He led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second base, and then scored on Lorenzo Cain’s RBI single to give Kansas City a 3-0 lead. On the other side, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was making quick work out of the Dodgers hitters. He retired the side in order five different times in his 7.2 innings of work. Los Angeles didn’t help their cause, going 1-7 with runners in scoring position.
The Royals tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning before knocking Greinke out of the game. The leadoff hitter was aboard again after Perez doubled to begin the inning, and then scored with two outs when Escobar tripled him home. Once again, Dyson capped off the inning, driving in his third RBI of the game with a single to give the Royals a complacent 5-0 lead. Greinke finished with just four strikeouts, no walks and is now 1-3 in the month of June.
The Dodgers offense woke up a bit late when Hanley Ramirez doubled in two runs in the eighth inning. And Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers a glimpse of hope leading off the top of the ninth inning with a home run, but the Royals would hang on to win the series opener.
Clayton Kershaw will take the mound on Tuesday for the first time since his no-hitter.
W: Jeremy Guthrie (5-6, 3.75)
L: Zack Greinke (9-4, 2.89)
S: Greg Holland (22)
-Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
-Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
-Chris Perez tossed a hitless ninth inning.