Royals pound Cubs 13-4
Thursday, March 10, 2011
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Melky Cabrera hit a bases-loaded triple in a five-run first inning and the Kansas City Royals coasted to a 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The Royals jumped on right-hander Matt Garza, making his second start and third spring appearance after being acquired from Tampa Bay on Jan. 8.
Garza gave up six runs and four hits, walked four and struck out four in 2 2/3 innings.
Cabrera also had a double to lead off the fifth and scored on a double by Alex Gordon, who had three hits.
Left-hander Bruce Chen gave up two runs and three hits, walked three and struck out four in four innings for Kansas City. Chen thought he was going to pitch only three innings, but was given an extra inning by manager Ned Yost because of a low pitch count.
Marlon Byrd had two hits, including a two-out, solo home run in the third inning for the Cubs. He has multi-hit games in six of his eight games.