Wade Davis has normally been reliable in the Kansas City bullpen, but an errant toss cost his team Wednesday night.
Davis hit Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis with a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth, and it was the difference in a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Kauffman Stadium. It was the first run the Royals setup man had allowed in 22.1 innings pitched.
KC struck early on a leadoff home run in the first inning from Lorenzo Cain, but LA answered with one run in the second and two in the third inning off starting pitcher James Shields… one of them came in on a Shields balk on a pickoff move to third base. The Kansas City ace ended his night with four runs and seven hits allowed in seven innings of work, with one walk and two strikeouts.
Jerrod Dyson’s first home run of the year led off the fifth inning, and Billy Butler’s RBI groundout later in the frame tied the score at 4-4. The Royals had runners on first and second with nobody out in the sixth inning but failed to score, and a line-drive double play in the infield ended the game with Pedro Ciriaco caught off second as the tying run.
Kansas City has now lost six of its last seven games following a 10-game win streak that saw the Royals catapult into the AL Central lead. They host the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium Friday night, when Jason Vargas takes the mound against the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker.