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Greinke strikes out 12 in complete-game win for Royals

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CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke was due, and Reds manager Dusty Baker knew it.

"You're always a little apprehensive and nervous when a guy of that quality is 1-8," Baker said. "You figure the law of averages is on his side."

Greinke struck out 12 in a five-hitter, ending a personal four-start skid and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Greinke (2-8) allowed two solo homers to Joey Votto but was in control throughout his first victory since May 13 against Cleveland and his second complete game of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner benefited from some rare run support. Kansas City hadn't scored more than six runs in any game while Greinke was on mound.

"One or two runs don't matter, but getting four runs at the end of the game made it a lot easier to pitch," he said.

Billy Butler set season highs with four hits, including a homer, and four RBI for Kansas City, which took two of three in the weekend series. David DeJesus went 3 for 3 with a homer and scored four times.

"We've had a stretch of games where we haven't scored a lot of runs," Butler said. "I hadn't been able to get the pitchers to come to me. They were pitching me tough -- pounding me inside. Today, I was able to get them to come to me. I was able to stay back on the off-speed pitches."

The Royals scored six runs with two out, including Butler's two-run shot in the fifth that gave them a 3-2 lead. DeJesus singled and stole second before Butler hit a 1-0 pitch from Sam LeCure over the wall in center for his sixth homer and first since May 26 against Texas.

Butler added a two-run double in the seventh after the Royals chased LeCure (1-3), making it 5-2.

"That double to right field was huge," Kansas City managed Ned Yost said. "As long as he's driving in runs, I don't care how he does it."

Butler also doubled in the ninth to make it seven hits in his last eight at-bats.

LeCure allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander has faced Cy Young winners Greinke and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter and tough San Francisco starter Matt Cain in his last three games.

"I plan to play this game a long time, and if I want to be considered legitimate, then I have to prove that I can beat those guys," LeCure said.

DeJesus connected in the ninth against Nick Masset, hitting the struggling reliever's first pitch to him deep to center.

Votto hit his 13th homer in the bottom half but Greinke responded by striking out Jonny Gomes and Jay Bruce to end the game.

"You can see why he won the Cy Young Award," Baker said.

Notes

  • Royals C Jason Kendall went 0 for 5 and is mired in a 1-for-28 skid.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was scratched with a cramp in his right hamstring, which also forced him out of a game against Pittsburgh on May 27. Phillips had started every game this season and missed just five innings. His 15-game hitting streak is Cincinnati's longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.
 
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Scott Podsednik (pictured) and the Royals offense finally give ace Zack Greinke some run support.  (AP)
Scott Podsednik (pictured) and the Royals offense finally give ace Zack Greinke some run support. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF5120000 .282
Jason Kendall, C5000011 .269
David DeJesus, CF3431200 .314
Billy Butler, 1B5144001 .335
Jose Guillen, RF5011002 .263
Wilson Betemit, 3B4120022 .500
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010011 .281
Chris Getz, 2B3001100 .195
Zack Greinke, P4000003 .000
Totals38713734  
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (18, Herrera), Billy Butler 2 (19, Del Rosario, Masset), Wilson Betemit 2 (3, LeCure, Del Rosario)
HR - David DeJesus (5, Masset), Billy Butler (6, LeCure)
RBI - David DeJesus (30), Billy Butler 4 (35), Jose Guillen (41), Chris Getz (8)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (15), Billy Butler 4 (13), Jose Guillen (17)
SB - David DeJesus (3, 2nd base off LeCure/Hernandez)
CS - Scott Podsednik (6, 2nd base by Masset/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jason Kendall (8, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (W,2-8) 95330122 3.94
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 105-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 9-6
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 32
Cincinnati Reds
Orlando Cabrera, SS4110000 .261
Miguel Cairo, 3B4011000 .282
Joey Votto, 1B4222001 .306
Jonny Gomes, LF4000031 .301
Jay Bruce, RF4000020 .272
Ramon Hernandez, C3010010 .292
Drew Stubbs, CF3000031 .238
Paul Janish, 2B3000011 .263
Sam LeCure, P2000021 .111
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .256
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals32353012  
a-grounded out for Del Rosario in the 8th
Batting
HR - Joey Votto 2 (13, Greinke, Greinke)
RBI - Miguel Cairo (9), Joey Votto 2 (41)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (9, 3rd base off Greinke/Kendall)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Sam LeCure (L,1-3) 6.2644341 3.75
Danny Herrera0111000 4.15
Enerio Del Rosario 1.1311000 2.08
Nick Masset 1311001 7.07
IBB - Getz by Sam LeCure
Pitches-Strikes - Sam LeCure 120-79, Danny Herrera 2-2, Enerio Del Rosario 14-10, Nick Masset 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sam LeCure 6-10, Enerio Del Rosario 2-1, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Sam LeCure 29, Danny Herrera 1, Enerio Del Rosario 6, Nick Masset 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23747
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke