Phils Get Kan-ned by Royals 10-4

Well, optimists would say 'at least it didn't rain'. After horrible weather all week long, the Phillies had good weather, but might have hoped for a rainout. Matt Stairs hit two homeruns to help lead the Royals to a 10-4 win over the Phillies. Former Phillie Benito Santiago also homered, giving the Royals an early lead.

Benito Santiago enjoyed his return to Philadelphia as a member of the Royals. Santiago slammed a three-run homerun in the first inning as the Royals jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, Santiago's teammate Matt Stairs homered twice.

Santiago's long homer in the first inning off ineffective Paul Abbott (0-1) gave the Royals a 4-0 lead. Santiago left the game in the sixth inning after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand.

Stairs also found the cozy dimensions to his liking, hitting a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh. Stairs came close to a third homerun in the ninth, but came up short and settled for a double.

The Royals have won their last three games and have scored a total of 30 runs in those games. The fact that the Royals are hitting combined with the fact that the Phillies bullpen has a combined ERA of 7.20 since Monday doesn't bode well for the Phillies this weekend.

Chris George (1-0) won for the first time in four starts, allowing four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. The lefthander walked one and struck out one. George came into the game giving up nearly one walk per inning, but had good control against the Phillies. At one point, George retired 15 straight batters.

Abbott, who worked five scoreless innings Sunday in his Phillies' debut, did nothing to fool the Royals in this one. "He allowed one bad pitch," said Larry Bowa after the game, referring to the homerun ball served up to Santiago in the first inning. Abbott didn't make it out of the fifth inning and gave up four earned runs.

Geoff Geary helped out Abbott, entering the game in the fifth with runners on first and second and worked out of the jam without giving up a run. In the sixth however, Geary was hit for three runs, including Stairs' second homerun of the game.

Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Phillies, who lost for the third time in four games and fell to 16-16 at home.

The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, with Jim Thome coming to the plate. Thome hit a hard shot to first baseman Ken Harvey. Reliever Jamie Cerda didn't cover first on the play, but Harvey beat Thome to the bag for the final out of the inning.

The series continues Saturday with Eric Milton (8-1, 4.60) going against 20 year old Zach Greinke (1-2, 2.73).


KANSAS CITY (10) VS PHILADELPHIA (4) - FINAL KANSAS CITY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg T Graffanino 2b 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 .297 C Beltran cf 4 1 1 0 2 0 5 .279 J Randa 3b 4 1 2 0 1 0 3 .279 K Harvey 1b 5 2 2 1 0 0 7 .353 M Stairs rf 5 2 3 3 0 0 3 .274 B Gettis rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .161 B Santiago c 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 .274 K Stinnett pr-c 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .327 D Relaford lf 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 A Berroa ss 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 .243 C George p 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 J Cerda p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-D Brown ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 R Seanez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-M Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 N Field p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 10 14 9 7 0 21 a-grounded into fielder's choice to second for J Cerda in the 8th; b-flied out to right for R Seanez in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - A Berroa 2 (10, P Abbott, E Ramirez); M Stairs (5, E Ramirez). 3B - A Berroa (3, G Geary). HR - B Santiago (6, 1st inning off P Abbott 2 on, 2 Out), M Stairs 2 (9, 6th inning off G Geary 0 on, 0 Out, 7th inning off G Geary 1 on, 1 Out). RBI - K Harvey (29), B Santiago 3 (23), M Stairs 3 (27), A Berroa (23), T Graffanino (13). 2-out RBI - B Santiago 3, T Graffanino. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - C Beltran 2, K Harvey 2. GIDP - M Stairs, K Harvey. Team LOB - 10. BASERUNNING: SB - K Harvey (1, 2nd base off P Abbott/M Lieberthal). CS - A Berroa (2, 3rd base by P Abbott/M Lieberthal). FIELDING: E - C Beltran (3, throw). PB - B Santiago. DP: 1 (J Randa-T Graffanino-K Harvey). PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 5 0 3 2 0 0 0 .279 P Polanco 2b 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .247 E Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-R Ledee ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .338 B Abreu rf 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .293 J Thome 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .308 P Burrell lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .288 D Bell 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267 M Lieberthal c 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .250 M Byrd cf 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .226 G Geary p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-J Michaels ph-cf 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 .262 P Abbott p 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 D Glanville cf 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .212 T Perez 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253 Totals 36 4 10 4 2 2 9 a-singled to right for G Geary in the 7th; b-flied out to left for E Ramirez in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - M Lieberthal (14, R Seanez). RBI - M Lieberthal (24), J Rollins 2 (20), P Polanco (9). 2-out RBI - J Rollins 2, P Polanco. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Michaels 1, J Thome 2, P Polanco 2. GIDP - P Polanco. Team LOB - 7. FIELDING: DP: 2 (P Polanco-J Rollins-J Thome 2). ---------------------------------------------------- KANSAS CITY - 400 003 201 -- 10 PHILADELPHIA - 020 000 200 -- 4 ---------------------------------------------------- KANSAS CITY ip h r er bb so hr era C George (W, 1-0) 6 2/3 9 4 4 1 1 0 4.01 J Cerda 1/3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.66 R Seanez 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 N Field 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.51 PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era P Abbott (L, 0-1) 4 5 4 4 4 0 1 4.00 G Geary 3 6 5 5 0 0 2 6.59 E Ramirez 2 3 1 1 3 0 0 4.80 P Abbott pitched to 2 batters in the 5th. WP - E Ramirez. IBB - C Beltran (by E Ramirez). HBP - B Santiago (by G Geary); K Stinnett (by E Ramirez). Pitches-strikes: C George 105-70; J Cerda 9-3; R Seanez 12-8; N Field 13-9; P Abbott 77-44; G Geary 37-26; E Ramirez 42-21. Ground balls-fly balls: C George 5-14; J Cerda 1-0; R Seanez 1-1; N Field 0-3; P Abbott 5-6; G Geary 5-4; E Ramirez 4-2. Batters faced: C George 29; J Cerda 2; R Seanez 4; N Field 3; P Abbott 19; G Geary 15; E Ramirez 13. UMPIRES: HP--Bruce Froemming. 1B--Mike Winters. 2B--Matt Hollowell. 3B--Tim Timmons. T--3:00. Att--43,571. Weather: 88 degrees, clear. Wind: 13 mph, left to right.


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