Friday, March 31, 2023

Benintendi, Dozier led 18-hit night; Royals Top Rocks 14-10

DENVER ( Associated Press) — Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run homer and an RBI triple as Hunter Dozier had his first career five-hit game and the Kansas City Royals broke their offensive funk in a 14-10 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. night.

Ryan O’Hearn also worked on the house, Michael A. Taylor hit three and drove in two, and Bobby Witt Jr. delivered a two-run triple for the Royals, who entered the night with the second-lowest run in the Major.

Brendan Rodgers hit a two-run homer, doubled twice and went into four, and Sam Hilliard drove home to the Rockies in their fifth straight loss. Kyle Freeland (1-4) allowed 12 of Kansas City’s 18 hits in 4 1/3 innings, and Colorado gave away six unearned runs.

Dylan Coleman (1-1) relieved Zack Greenke when Colorado was within 8-7 in the sixth and was out of the innings. Then Benintendi, who defeated Kansas City in an arbitration hearing earlier in the day to earn a $8.5 salary, hit his second triple of the season. Four runs against Alex Colom to give Kansas City another cushion in the seventh.

Dozier, who scored four runs and scored one, raised his average to .277. Scott Barlow took the last four for his third save.

The defense, a trouble spot in Colorado’s 1-5 trip, flared up again in the opening nine-game homestand.

Center fielder Jonathan Daza caught the ball to allow Carlos Santana to score in the third. A fielding error from second baseman Rodgers resulted in a two-run fifth inning. And third baseman Ryan McMahon made his seventh error, matching his total in 151 games last season, scoring four unearned runs in the seventh.

The Royals, playing at Coors Field for the first time since 2014, started a single-homeer-single-walk-single against Freeland one night after managing five singles in a 3–1 loss in Texas.

Benintendi crushes 89-mph fastball over the heart of the plate 433 feet into the Kansas City bullpen to do 2-0 for his second homer.

The Rockies rallied for three in the second which included an RBI single from Jose Iglesias. wit triple to right Put Kansas City ahead for good in the third of four runs.

Freeland was charged with eight runs – six earned – in the Royals’ highest-scoring game of the season.

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Royals: Santa (bursitis of the right ankle) was activated from the injured list and went 0 for 3 in the cleanup as DH in his first game since May 2. Manager Mike Matheny said they would work him to play first base soon. C Sebastian Rivero was selected to open the roster spot at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Rockies: Off Kris Bryant (back) was in good spirits After hitting the cage for the first time since last played on April 25 due to back pain. Bryant, who could go on a minor league rehab assignment next week, received a cortisone injection into his back on Monday. “I think I responded to it better than any other shot I’ve taken in the past in other areas,” Bryant said. … OF Connor Joe (non-COVID disease) were dropped from the lineup. … Daza stayed after hitting the pitch with his left hand in the eighth.


Royals of Wight Maryfield are set to play their 500th straight game on Saturday night, extending the longest active streak in the Majors. Rockies RHP German Marquez (0-3, 6.47 ERA) faces RHP Carlos Hernandez (0-2, 7.15).


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