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D-Backs sweep K.C. as Hudson picks up ninth win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Hudson and the Arizona Diamondbacks found a way to continue their winning ways on Thursday night.

Hudson pitched seven strong innings to win his ninth game, and Miguel Montero and Juan Miranda each homered to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

"I'm sure he'll (Hudson) tell you he wasn't real happy," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He couldn't locate like he wanted to, but he battled through it. We didn't help him. We didn't play a very clean game at all. We got very sloppy.

"We made a couple of errors and made him throw several more pitches and made several base-running mental errors, but we battled through it and we won. Tonight we got away with being sloppy."

The Diamondbacks swept the three-game series at Kansas City and are 15-4 in their past 19 road games.

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"We're a confident team right now going into the dog days of summer," Hudson said. "We've got some pretty good streaks going."

Hudson (9-5), who has won his past six decisions, is tied for the National League lead in victories. He is 8-1 with a 2.78 ERA in his past 11 starts after losing his first four starts. He held the Royals to three runs and six hits, while walking one and striking out one.

"I probably had my worst command of the year," Hudson said.

Montero, who is hitting .326 in his past 12 games, led off the second with his ninth homer, while Miranda connected in the fourth.

J.J. Putz worked a flawless ninth for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

"Hudson pitched awesome," Putz said. "Getting out of here with a sweep is a great way to start a road trip."

"The starters have been pitching great for the last two months. It's always nice when you come up to the clubhouse and shake their hands right away, get the job done for them. I think winning is always fun. We're just having a good time."

Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino (0-1) retired 13 straight, striking out six, after Miranda's home run before Stephen Drew singled to open the ninth. His eight-plus innings matched his longest outing. He allowed five runs and nine hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.

"It was really two games for him," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The first seven hits he gave up were all on breaking balls. I told Mac [pitching coach Bob McClure] to go out there and get his fastball going. He was a totally different pitcher from that point on. He made a great adjustment. There was just a little too much damage early on."

Paulino, acquired by the Royals on May 26 after the Colorado Rockies designated him for assignment, has not won a game since June 4, 2010.

Chris Young had a two-run single in the first for the Diamondbacks, who have won eight of 12. Young, however, was out when he attempted to go to second.

"We made some mistakes," Young said. "Every now and then you're going to make mistakes and get away with it, but you don't want to make a habit of it."

Opponents can be sloppy and still defeat the Royals, who have lost five straight, seven of eight, 14 of 20 and have the worst record in the American League.

Drew's double in the third scored Ryan Roberts, who led off the inning with a single, for Arizona's other run.

The Royals, aided by Montero's throwing error on a pickoff attempt, scored two runs in the second. Alex Gordon, who started the inning with a single, scored on the error. Alcides Escobar's single in the second scored Mike Moustakas.

Matt Treanor singled home Jeff Francoeur, who led off the fourth with a double, for Kansas City's third run.

Notes

  • Royals CF Melky Cabrera threw out Kelly Johnson at the plate to end the third. It was Cabrera's eighth assist. The Royals' outfielders top the majors with 25 assists. Johnson was the 13th runner the Royals have thrown out at home this season. Gordon, who had an assist in the first, is tied for the major league lead with nine outfield assists.
  • The Diamondbacks stranded only seven runners in the three-game series.
 
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Daniel Hudson nails his ninth victory of the year, tying him for the National League lead. (AP)
Daniel Hudson nails his ninth victory of the year, tying him for the National League lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Hudson
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 1
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Roberts, 3B4220000 .258
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010001 .212
Justin Upton, RF3100022 .301
Stephen Drew, SS4021010 .278
Chris Young, CF3012112 .252
Miguel Montero, C4111001 .278
Wily Mo Pena, DH4010031 .182
Juan Miranda, 1B3111011 .233
Gerardo Parra, LF3000011 .271
Totals3259519  
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (17, Paulino)
HR - Miguel Montero (9, Paulino), Juan Miranda (7, Paulino)
RBI - Stephen Drew (40), Chris Young 2 (42), Miguel Montero (38), Juan Miranda (21)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young 2 (18), Juan Miranda (6)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Young-Drew, Johnson-Drew-Miranda
E - Miguel Montero (10, Throwing), Ryan Roberts (6, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson (W,9-5) 7633110 3.58
Aaron Heilman (H,4) 1000010 6.51
J.J. Putz (S,20) 1000010 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 107-69, Aaron Heilman 16-8, J.J. Putz 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 9-10, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 27, Aaron Heilman 3, J.J. Putz 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, CF4000000 .274
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000010 .268
Billy Butler, DH4010010 .302
Alex Gordon, LF4110002 .287
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110012 .257
Mike Moustakas, 3B4110002 .250
Matt Treanor, C2011100 .214
Alcides Escobar, SS3011001 .249
Chris Getz, 2B3000002 .256
Totals3236213  
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (18, Hudson)
RBI - Matt Treanor (13), Alcides Escobar (21)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1, Alex Gordon 1
DP - Escobar-Hosmer, Cabrera-Treanor, Getz-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino (L,0-5) 8955182 4.35
Everett Teaford 0.2000000 2.84
Greg Holland 0.1000010 1.15
HBP - Upton (by Felipe Paulino)
WP - Felipe Paulino (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 117-80, Everett Teaford 1-1, Greg Holland 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 4-9, Everett Teaford 1-0
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 32, Everett Teaford 1, Greg Holland 1
Game Information
Attendance - 23610
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz