Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Royals manager Ned Yost made the right
call giving Billy Butler the start at first base on Sunday, as Kansas City's
only All-Star last year hit a grand slam and tied a franchise record with
seven RBI in a 9-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Royals, who
took the rubber match of the three-game series after blowing a 3-1 lead in the
ninth on Saturday.
They nearly squandered a five-run lead in the ninth inning, but Kelvin Herrera
struck out Erik Kratz with the tying run on third and the winning run on
second to close out the victory.
James Shields (1-1) shook off a rough start and lasted six frames, allowing
four runs on 10 hits while striking out eight to earn the win.
Cole Hamels (0-2) was roughed up for a second straight time, surrendering a
career-high eight earned runs on nine hits and four walks. The left-hander was
pulled with two outs in the sixth after tossing just five innings in an
Opening Day loss to the Braves.
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