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MIAMI -- The temperature is on the rise, and so is Jose Guillen's average.
Guillen has gone 19-for-38 since May 7 to hike his season average from .165 to .245.
"I know the weather has something to do with it," he said. "Early in the season it was really tough weather playing at home. It was like football weather. This is baseball weather."
On a sunny, 91-degree afternoon in the city where he keeps an offseason home, Guillen hit a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the seventh. The left fielder also threw out a runner at the plate.
Guillen finished with eight RBI in the three-game series, the kind of contribution the Royals envisioned when he signed a $36 million, three-year contract with them in December.
"I know there was a lot of panic early in the season -- what's going on with this guy, getting paid all that money?" Guillen said. "Everything has been coming into place at the right time."
That's true for the entire team. The young Royals won for the sixth time in seven games to climb within one game of .500.
"I'm really, really happy about it," said Zack Greinke, who pitched six innings. "A while ago I was starting to think maybe we weren't as good as I thought we were."
The Royals' nine runs and 14 hits tied season highs. Greinke (5-1) helped with two hits, the most by a Royals pitcher since Steve Busby had three on Sept. 20, 1972.
"Yeah, my dad text-messaged me that," said Greinke, who hiked his lifetime average to .375 (3-for-8). "He was watching the game on TV, probably. He's a big fan."
Florida remained atop the NL East despite finishing the week with only one victory in six games.
"It's definitely nice to know we're still in first place," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We can pull out of this, trust me."
The Royals built an early 6-0 lead for Greinke, who left after throwing 94 pitches. He gave up three runs, matching the most he has allowed since Aug. 4.
"It ended up working out, so you can't complain too much," Greinke said. "But it definitely wasn't one of the better performances."
The Marlins, last in the major leagues in defense, let two runs score in the third on a throwing error by third baseman Jorge Cantu. Rookie Burke Badenhop (1-3) lasted only three innings and allowed six runs, five earned.
Hanley Ramirez, who signed a $70 million, six-year contract Saturday with Florida, went 1-for-12 in the series with seven strikeouts.
"I think he's putting a lot of pressure on himself right now," Royals manager Trey Hillman said.
Asked about such pressure, Ramirez said, "I'm going to go home and get a dictionary, because I don't know what that word is."
Ramirez ended a streak of 11 consecutive hitless at-bats with a single to start the sixth. He scored on a double by Uggla, and Luis Gonzalez singled with two out, but Guillen threw Uggla out at home to preserve Kansas City's 6-3 lead.
"It takes a lot of pressure off other guys," Hillman said. "As a result, guys stop pressing and they can be themselves. There's a domino effect, no doubt."
|Even though the Marlins lose, Mike Jacobs continues to smash the ball, hitting his 11th homer. (US Presswire)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.279|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.331|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.298|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||1||2||.286|
|Jose Guillen, LF||4||2||2||4||0||0||0||.245|
|Esteban German, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.111|
|Mark Teahen, RF||4||2||1||2||1||1||1||.268|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.279|
|Jimmy Gobble, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Tupman, PH-C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||0||2||1||0||2||2||.284|
|Yasuhiko Yabuta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.174|
|Zack Greinke, P||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.667|
|b- Ross Gload, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.263|
|a-singled for Gobble in the 9th|
|b-popped out for Greinke in the 7th|
|2B - Jose Guillen (16, Badenhop), Miguel Olivo 2 (9, Waechter, Miller), Zack Greinke (1, Badenhop)|
|HR - Jose Guillen (5, Kensing), Mark Teahen (2, Badenhop)|
|RBI - Jose Guillen 4 (30), Mark Teahen 2 (12), Miguel Olivo (14)|
|SB - Mark Teahen (1, 2nd base off Kensing/Treanor)|
|CS - Billy Butler (1, 2nd base by Badenhop/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1, Mark Teahen 1|
|DP - Olivo-Grudzielanek, Pena-Callaspo-Gload|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (W,5-1)||6||9||3||3||1||5||1||2.18|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 94-60, Jimmy Gobble 26-18, Yasuhiko Yabuta 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 5-5, Jimmy Gobble 2-2, Yasuhiko Yabuta 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, Jimmy Gobble 7, Yasuhiko Yabuta 3|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.228|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.285|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.310|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.271|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.316|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||1||2||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brett Carroll, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.071|
|Matt Treanor, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Robert Andino, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.182|
|Doug Waechter, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Ross, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.178|
|a-walked for Gregg in the 9th|
|b-walked for Badenhop in the 3rd|
|2B - Alfredo Amezaga (6, Greinke), Dan Uggla (15, Greinke), Luis Gonzalez (7, Greinke)|
|HR - Mike Jacobs (11, Greinke)|
|RBI - Jeremy Hermida (22), Mike Jacobs (28), Dan Uggla (31)|
|CS - Dan Uggla (1, 2nd base by Greinke/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Uggla-Jacobs|
|E - Jorge Cantu (9, Throwing)|
|Burke Badenhop (L,1-3)||3||7||6||5||1||2||1||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Burke Badenhop 56-37, Doug Waechter 37-28, Taylor Tankersley 5-2, Logan Kensing 24-9, Justin Miller 28-20, Kevin Gregg 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Burke Badenhop 4-3, Doug Waechter 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Burke Badenhop 17, Doug Waechter 10, Taylor Tankersley 1, Logan Kensing 5, Justin Miller 7, Kevin Gregg 3|
|Attendance - 10617|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling|