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Royals beat D-backs 4-3 for another series win

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
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PHOENIX (AP) Mike Moustakas accounted for all of Kansas City's runs with a long ball, a liner and a bit of hustle after a diving stop by Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill.

His hustle play was the one that made all the difference.

Moustakas homered and drove in his fourth run by beating a relay throw to first in the ninth inning, helping the Royals beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 Wednesday night to win their fifth straight series.

''He (Hill) made a great play on that and I'm just running down the line to get to first and get that run, which turned out to be pretty big,'' Moustakas said.

Kansas City rolled over Arizona in the opener and had just enough offense for Yordana Ventura (9-8) to take the second game.

Moustakas, who was 1 for 13 to start the six-game road trip, hit a two-run homer off Josh Collmenter (8-6) in the third inning and added a run-scoring single off the right-hander in the fourth. He was initially called out on the groundball in the ninth inning, but a review showed his headfirst dive beat the throw, allowing Billy Butler to score for a 4-2 lead.

The Royals needed the extra run, too.

Closer Greg Holland gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to Mark Trumbo in the bottom half before closing out his 32nd save.

The scrappy victory was the Royals' sixth in seven games, pulling them within 3 1-2 games of Detroit in the AL Central.

''This was a big win for us with Detroit losing,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Every game is huge.''

The Diamondbacks certainly had their chances, particularly against Ventura.

Miguel Montero had three of Arizona's 12 hits and Hill had his 1,300th career hit with a run-scoring single in the third inning.

The Diamondbacks just couldn't come up with the big hits when they needed them, stranding 11 runners while going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

''It was a game we should have done better, a more productive job of taking care of our opportunities,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

The Royals turned the series opener into a laugher, scoring 10 runs on three swings. Nori Aoki hit a grand slam, Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, and Salvador Perez added a three-run shot in the 12-2 rout.

Kansas City had another long ball early against Collmenter, this one a two-run shot by Moustakas in the second inning, his team-leading 14th of the season. The Royals tacked on another run in the fourth, going up 3-2 on Moustakas' run-scoring single.

Collmenter was good against everyone except Moustakas, though, allowing one other hit while striking out six in six innings.

''That is the difference: him (Ventura) pitching and getting out of jams and me pitching myself into a jam and not getting out of it,'' Collmenter said.

Ventura had at least seven strikeouts in his previous two starts, including a win over Minnesota after allowing a run in seven innings his last outing.

The rookie right-hander kept piling up the Ks against the Diamondbacks, notching eight while working around baserunners nicely. He gave up run-scoring singles to Hill and David Peralta in the third inning, but little else despite struggling with his command on off-speed pitches.

Ventura allowed eight hits.

PERALTA'S YEAR

Peralta hasn't stopped hitting since being called up on June 1. The rookie outfielder went 2 for 4 against the Royals for his 23rd multi-hit effort in 53 games. Peralta also is second among rookies in the majors with a .315 average.

YOST'S 800th

Yost reached a big milestone, notching his 800th victory as a manager.

Yost spent his first six years as a manager in Milwaukee, where he played. He's been in Kansas City for the past five seasons, racking up 343 wins.

''You sit back and look at 800 wins, I didn't win any of those games,'' he said. ''Those guys and a lot of guys like them did.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Daniel Hudson made his first rehab appearance with Arizona's rookie league team Tuesday night, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts in an inning. He had Tommy John surgery for the second time last year and hasn't pitched in the majors since mid-2012.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jeremy Guthrie had his first scoreless appearance of the season the last time out, holding Oakland to three hits while striking out six in six innings on Saturday.

Diamondbacks: LHP Vidal Nuno, Thursday's starter, has yet to win with the Diamondbacks despite pitching decently since being traded from the New York Yankees. He's 0-2 with a 3.07 ERA in five starts with Arizona and allowed a run in six innings of a no-decision against Pittsburgh his last outing.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF4000000.261.331.333
   Wade Davis, P0000000.000.000.000
   Greg Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
Omar Infante, 2B4000000.264.304.362
Salvador Perez, C4000030.273.311.418
Billy Butler, 1B4110010.275.324.377
Alex Gordon, LF2100100.274.352.414
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF3110101.306.342.417
Mike Moustakas, 3B4124000.195.260.391
Alcides Escobar, SS4010013.277.314.374
Yordano Ventura, P2000020.250.250.250
   a-Raul Ibanez, PH1000001.171.255.304
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jarrod Dyson, CF0000000.273.325.326
Totals3245427    
a-grounded out for Ventura in the 7th
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (23, Stites)
HR - Mike Moustakas (14, Collmenter)
RBI - Mike Moustakas 4 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas 3 (19)
Team LOB - 4
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura (W,9-8) 6822180 3.47
Kelvin Herrera (H,11) 1000110 1.69
Wade Davis (H,22) 1200010 0.93
Greg Holland (S,32) 1211010 1.85
WP - Yordano Ventura (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 105-67, Kelvin Herrera 21-13, Wade Davis 20-13, Greg Holland 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 5-5, Kelvin Herrera 2-0, Greg Holland 1-1
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 27, Kelvin Herrera 4, Wade Davis 5, Greg Holland 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ender Inciarte, CF5110000.247.279.315
Cliff Pennington, 3B5120011.253.330.329
Aaron Hill, 2B4121121.251.290.381
Mark Trumbo, 1B4011012.214.259.390
Miguel Montero, C4030012.260.342.402
   Nick Ahmed, PR0000000.228.254.316
   Matt Stites, P0000000.000.000.000
   Oliver Perez, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Andy Marte, PH1000011.188.188.375
David Peralta, RF4021002.315.348.467
Didi Gregorius, SS3000115.248.333.426
Roger Kieschnick, LF4010024.184.184.289
Josh Collmenter, P2000012.100.143.125
   b-Jordan Pacheco, PH1000002.245.291.353
   Evan Marshall, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Tuffy Gosewisch, PH-C1000012.243.274.329
Totals383123211    
a-struck out for Perez in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Collmenter in the 6th
c-struck out for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (18, Ventura)
3B - Ender Inciarte (1, Ventura)
SF - Mark Trumbo (2)
RBI - Aaron Hill (51), Mark Trumbo (25), David Peralta (23)
2-OUT RBI - David Peralta (4)
Team LOB - 11
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (L,8-6) 6333261 4.09
Evan Marshall 2100010 3.34
Matt Stites 0.1111000 6.19
Oliver Perez 0.2000000 1.84
HBP - Gordon (by Matt Stites)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 86-55, Evan Marshall 22-16, Matt Stites 7-6, Oliver Perez 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 7-5, Evan Marshall 4-1, Oliver Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 23, Evan Marshall 7, Matt Stites 3, Oliver Perez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 16157
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Jim Wolf