Recap: Kansas City vs. San Francisco
08/08/2014 10:44 PM
08/08/2014 10:46 PM
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-2, in the first of three games at Kauffman Stadium on Friday.
Butler also stroked a two-run homer and Alex Gordon hit an RBI single for the Royals, who won their fifth straight game and improved to a season-high eight games over .500.
Jason Frasor (3-1) earned the win after striking out two in a perfect sixth. Starter Jason Vargas gave up two runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work.
Joaquin Arias supplied an RBI double and Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with an RBI for San Francisco, which has dropped three of its last four.
Madison Bumgarner (13-9) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts across eight frames for his third complete game of the season.
Kansas City went ahead in the sixth. Omar Infante hit a one-out single and Salvador Perez reached on Michael Morse's throwing error before Butler's single into right gave the Royals the lead. Gordon followed with a base hit to left, making it a 4-2 game.
Greg Holland fired a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to earn his 100th career save and 33rd of the season.
Infante doubled with one out in the first and two batters later, Butler crushed a 2-2 fastball to left-center field for an early 2-0 Royals lead.
Arias doubled to left and Duffy singled to place runners at first and third to start the second. Vargas struck out Juan Perez and Brandon Crawford and got Angel Pagan to fly out to strand the runners.
The Giants tied the game in the third. Pablo Sandoval and Morse both singled before Arias stroked a two-out double to left, scoring Sandoval and Duffy followed with a single to right to make it a 2-2 game. Arias was thrown out at home by Nori Aoki to end the frame.
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