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Royals beat Greinke, Dodgers, end four-game skid

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals had scored only eight runs during a four-game losing streak, and were preparing to face former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and the power-packed Los Angeles Dodgers.

Perfect time to end that slump, eh?

Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning, Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs off Greinke and the Royals held on to beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night in their first meeting in nine years.

"Don't ask me why we had success tonight," Royals manager Ned Yost said drily.

Dyson, the Royals' No. 9 hitter, went 3 for 3 and stole two bases. Salvador Perez hit a solo home run, and Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar -- two of the players acquired by the Royals in the trade that sent Greinke to Milwaukee in December 2010 -- drove in a run apiece.

It was an offensive outburst considering the Royals had lost three of their previous four games by 2-1 scores, squandering solid pitching performances by their starting rotation.

"There was never any panic," said Guthrie, who gave up two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings to win his third consecutive start. "We lost a couple of close games. We recognize a couple things go our way we would have won a couple of them."

Greg Holland served up a homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth before earning his 22nd save.

Hanley Ramirez drove in the other two runs for the Dodgers, who are visiting Kansas City for the first time since they were swept in a three-game set in 2005.

In his third start against his former team, Greinke (9-4) was battered for a season-high five runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He had allowed two runs over 15 1/3 innings in his previous two starts against the Royals, one with the Brewers and the other with the Los Angeles Angels.

"I thought he was OK," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "There were a few balls where you could see where he was trying to go one place and it didn't end up there. I know a couple of those were to Dyson. I think some of the balls were trying to get to a different part of the plate and didn't get there."

The Royals pounded Greinke almost from the start, Perez belting the first pitch of the second inning over the wall in left field for a 1-0 lead. Then with two outs, Escobar singled and went to second on a wild pitch before heading home when Dyson dumped a single into left field.

Dyson made it 3-0 in the fifth when he scored on Cain's single to right.

The Royals finally knocked Greinke from the game in the fifth, this time after Perez started the inning with a double. Greinke fought back to get two outs, but Escobar hit a triple into the right-field corner and Dyson tacked on another RBI single to make it 5-0.

That hit ended Greinke's night. As he departed the mound, fans showered him with a chorus of boos, clearly recalling how the right-hander once demanded to be traded from their team.

"I was pretty rude on the way out. They have every right to be mad at me," Greinke said. "It's been awhile. It's been four years, so it's been awhile. They've moved on by now and so have I. At least team-wise. The fans might be different."

Meanwhile, those same fans were waiting to give Guthrie a standing ovation.

The right-hander faced the minimum number of hitters through four innings, needing just four pitches in the second and five in the fourth. Gonzalez and Matt Kemp finally hit consecutive singles to start the fifth, but Guthrie calmly wiggled out of that jam.

It wasn't until Miguel Rojas and Justin Turner hit singles and Ramirez one-hopped a double over the outfield wall to make it 5-2 in the eighth that Guthrie finally left the game.

Wade Davis finished the inning, and Holland cleaned up the ninth to preserve the win.

"It's a funny game. You go against a guy like Zack Greinke who's had so much success this year," Yost said. "We strung some hits together along with some outstanding pitching we've had the last five or six starts, it's a big win for us tonight."

Notes

LHP Clayton Kershaw was the NL player of the week after his no-hitter against Colorado. He starts for Los Angeles on Tuesday against Royals LHP Danny Duffy. ... Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Guthrie struck out five without a walk. ... The Dodgers had won seven consecutive interleague games.

 
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Salvador Perez launches his ninth home run of the season to help the Royals get back in the win column. (USATSI)
Salvador Perez launches his ninth home run of the season to help the Royals get back in the win column. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

S. Perez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4010022 .277
Hanley Ramirez, DH4012000 .269
Yasiel Puig, RF4000002 .312
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4121000 .253
Matt Kemp, LF4010010 .274
Andre Ethier, CF4000022 .244
A.J. Ellis, C4010021 .197
Miguel Rojas, 3B-SS3110003 .290
Carlos Triunfel, SS2000000 .500
   a-Justin Turner, PH-3B1110000 .298
Zack Greinke, P0000000 .179
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals3438307  
a-singled for Triunfel in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (21, Guthrie)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (13, Holland)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (46), Adrian Gonzalez (46)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (18)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Triunfel-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,9-4) 5.21155041 2.89
Jamey Wright 1.1000000 2.34
Chris Perez 1000000 5.40
WP - Zack Greinke (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 96-61, Jamey Wright 11-9, Chris Perez 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 5-7, Jamey Wright 2-2, Chris Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, Jamey Wright 4, Chris Perez 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, RF4021012 .314
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000010 .248
Billy Butler, DH4010002 .277
Alex Gordon, LF4000003 .287
Salvador Perez, C4221000 .287
Omar Infante, 2B4010011 .246
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000002 .174
Alcides Escobar, SS3221011 .291
Jarrod Dyson, CF3132000 .305
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals34511504  
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez (17, Greinke)
3B - Alcides Escobar (2, Greinke)
HR - Salvador Perez (9, Greinke)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain (31), Salvador Perez (27), Alcides Escobar (24), Jarrod Dyson 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar (11), Jarrod Dyson 2 (5)
SB - Omar Infante (2, 2nd base off Greinke/Ellis), Jarrod Dyson 2 (12, 2nd base off Greinke/Ellis, 2nd base off Greinke/Ellis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Infante-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,5-6) 7.2722050 3.75
Wade Davis (H,14) 0.1000000 1.10
Greg Holland (S,22) 1111021 2.12
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 93-69, Wade Davis 1-1, Greg Holland 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 9-8, Wade Davis 1-0, Greg Holland 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 29, Wade Davis 1, Greg Holland 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21615
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Mike DiMuro