Royals roll past Dodgers
Sunday, March 13, 2011
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — For Ted Lilly, the only good thing was another outing in a couple days.
Lilly was hit hard as a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad lost 19-7 Saturday to the Kansas City Royals.
Alex Gordon homered and drove in six runs for Kansas City, which finished with 20 hits. Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs while raising his Cactus League-leading batting average to .518.
Lilly allowed six runs and five hits in 22⁄3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
“Positives, I’ll have to think about it for a while,” he said. “I’ll try hard. I’m looking forward to the next four days going by as fast as possible.”
Lilly went 10-12 with a 3.62 ERA in 30 starts for the Cubs and Dodgers last season. He re-signed with the Dodgers after becoming a free agent. The 35-year-old left-hander threw 59 pitches Saturday, 36 for strikes.
Gordon hit a two-run single in the third, doubled home Cabrera in the fourth and belted a three-run homer in the seventh.
“Actually the base hit on two strikes on a high breaking ball to left field was just as pretty as the one he hit four miles,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Alex is pretty dialed in.”
Gordon hit the first pitch he saw from Oscar Villarreal out to deep right.
“The ball flies here in Arizona and the wind was blowing out so it felt good,” Gordon said.
Clint Robinson, who won the 2010 Texas League Triple Crown, homered and drove in three runs for Kansas City, but was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game.
“When you’re in the cleanup spot, you’re there to drive in runs,” Robinson said. “When you get opportunities, you’ve got to capitalize on them.”
Jason Kendall caught three innings in a Royals minor league game, his first game action since having shoulder surgery in September.
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