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Royals 7, Dodgers 2

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Moustakas keeps hitting home runs and the Kansas City Royals keep winning.

Moustakas went 3 for 3 and homered for the second consecutive day to help Kansas City beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Wednesday.

The Royals lead the Cactus League with an 18-6 record.

"I'm just seeing the ball good right now," Moustakas said. "It's still spring. It still doesn't count too much, but right now we're playing good baseball altogether. That's the important thing we take from this. Right now we're playing as a team and everything is kind of meshing together as one."

Moustakas connected for his team-high fourth home run in the fifth inning off reliever Matt Guerrier.

"Moose is swinging the bat really well right now," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Lorenzo Cain and Johnny Giavotella added solo home runs for Kansas City.

"I just try to hit line drives all over the field and if it goes out, hey, good for me," said Cain, limited to 61 games last season because of injuries. "My only goal is staying healthy and being out on the field and let my game on the field take care of itself."

Royals right-hander Wade Davis, who skipped a spring training start with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in four-plus innings. He gave up only two hits but walked four and threw just 36 strikes in 64 pitches.

Davis was lifted after a single and two walks in the fifth. Luis Coleman, however, got Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and struck out Mark Ellis.

"I thought it was OK," Davis said. "I got a little away from the attack mode there towards the end and lost a little bit of a feel for the strike zone. The fatigue actually wasn't bad at all. I just lost a little bit of feel towards the end and the release point got a little bit off, but that will be something we can correct pretty quickly."

Davis said his shoulder "felt great."

Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, a Cuban defector who went 4 for 4 on Tuesday, was 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly to raise his batting average to a Cactus League-leading .521.

"Again, we just keep building up expectations," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "If he doesn't hit .500 now, he's terrible. Again, he's facing a good big league pitcher today in Wade Davis and he continues to look good.

"He's still a wild horse out there. He plays fast and he plays hard. He's going to make some mistakes right now. He continues to learn all the time. That's really what you want to see. You don't mind mistakes as long as the guy is continually not making the same ones."

Kansas City took advantage of two Dodgers errors and Aaron Harang's wild pitch to score three runs in the first. Harang gave up four runs, two earned, and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. He walked none, struck out four and has an 8.10 ERA in four spring starts.

"I thought he was pretty good," Mattingly said.

NOTES: Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke, who had not pitched since March 2 because of a tender elbow, threw 43 pitches in four scoreless innings against a White Sox minor league team. Greinke is scheduled to start Monday against Kansas City. ... The Dodgers will play the Chicago Cubs in a benefit game Thursday in Tucson. ... Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley, who has been hampered by a bruised index finger, threw a bullpen session and will pitch Saturday, likely in a minor league game. ... Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who has the best ERA in the majors the past two seasons, will start Friday against the Reds in Glendale. ... The Royals are off Thursday, but LHP Bruce Chen will start in a minor league game.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, LF3000100 .256
    Brian Cavazos-Galvez, RF1010000 .667
Mark Ellis, 2B3000022 .317
    Alfredo Amezaga, 2B2000001 .256
Matt Kemp, CF3110101 .167
    Nick Buss, CF1000002 .333
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000102 .273
    O'KOyea Dickson, PR-1B0000000 .000
Jerry Hairston Jr., DH2000100 .214
   a- Juan Uribe, PH-DH1010000 .378
Luis Cruz, SS4010002 .278
    Miguel Rojas, SS0000000 .143
Yasiel Puig, RF2121000 .521
    Alex Castellanos, RF-LF1000012 .200
Nick Punto, 3B2000123 .292
    Elian Herrera, 3B1000000 .342
Tim Federowicz, C2000100 .133
    Matt Wallach, C1010000 .214
Totals3227165  
a-singled for Hairston in the 8th
Batting
3B - Yasiel Puig (2, Davis)
SF - Yasiel Puig (2)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (11)
SB - Matt Kemp (2, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Perez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
E - Aaron Harang (1, Missed catch of throw), Nick Punto (3, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (L,1-1) 4.1742041 8.10
Matt Guerrier 0.2322101 5.40
Kevin Gregg 1111001 1.13
Ronald Belisario 1000010 3.18
Kenley Jansen 1200000 0.00
WP - Aaron Harang (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 91-60, Matt Guerrier 26-16, Kevin Gregg 17-11, Ronald Belisario 11-9, Kenley Jansen 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-6, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Ronald Belisario 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 20, Matt Guerrier 5, Kevin Gregg 4, Ronald Belisario 3, Kenley Jansen 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4110001 .458
    Endy Chavez, LF1000002 .188
Alcides Escobar, SS4110010 .244
    Orlando Calixte, SS0000000 .000
Billy Butler, DH3000012 .308
   a- George Kottaras, PH-DH1000000 .269
Mike Moustakas, 3B3132000 .460
    Rey Navarro, 3B1000000 .667
Salvador Perez, C3210011 .368
    Brett Hayes, C1000010 .241
Lorenzo Cain, CF2121100 .474
    Jarrod Dyson, CF1010000 .268
Jeff Francoeur, RF3021001 .232
    David Lough, RF1000001 .500
Elliot Johnson, 1B3000011 .256
    Max Ramirez, 1B1000001 .378
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3111001 .273
    Chris Getz, 2B1010000 .359
Totals36713515  
a-grounded out for Butler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (4, Harang), Mike Moustakas (6, Harang), Salvador Perez (4, Guerrier), Lorenzo Cain (5, Harang)
HR - Mike Moustakas (4, Guerrier), Lorenzo Cain (1, Harang), Johnny Giavotella (1, Gregg)
RBI - Mike Moustakas 2 (11), Lorenzo Cain (4), Jeff Francoeur (8), Johnny Giavotella (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (4), Jeff Francoeur (2)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (1, 2nd base off Harang/Federowicz)
CS - Lorenzo Cain (1, Home by Guerrier/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Giavotella-Escobar-Johnson
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (W,3-0) 4211420 1.00
Louis Coleman (H,4) 1000010 1.74
J.C. Gutierrez (H,8) 1211110 5.00
Donnie Joseph (H,4) 1000000 2.00
Tim Collins (H,2) 1100110 7.20
Dan Wheeler 1200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 64-36, Louis Coleman 7-5, J.C. Gutierrez 24-16, Donnie Joseph 11-7, Tim Collins 22-14, Dan Wheeler 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 4-6, Louis Coleman 1-0, Donnie Joseph 2-1, Dan Wheeler 2-1
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 18, Louis Coleman 2, J.C. Gutierrez 6, Donnie Joseph 3, Tim Collins 5, Dan Wheeler 5
Game Information
Attendance - 5709
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski