June 8, 2007
AP - Jun 8, 9:50 pm EDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mark Grudzielanek and Mike Sweeney homered in a six-run second inning to power Kansas City past Philadelphia 8-4 Friday night in the Phillies' first visit to Kauffman Stadium since the 1980 World Series.
Scott Elarton (2-2) gave up three home runs, including Ryan Howard's mammoth two-run shot, but went five innings for the victory as the Royals snapped a seven-game home losing skid.
Closer Octavio Dotel came on with runners on first and second and two out in the ninth, and got Jimmy Rollins to hit into a double play for his third save in as many chances.
Freddy Garcia (1-5) lasted only 1 2-3 innings for the Phillies, who had won six straight on the road.
Garcia, winless in eight starts since April 22, was charged with six runs on seven hits and his ERA climbed from 5.11 to 6.05. He was handed a 3-0 lead going into the second but got in quick trouble when Jason LaRue doubled and Tony Pena Jr. singled.
Joey Gathright's infield out pushed the first run across, then David DeJesus doubled home Pena. Grudzielanek's home run bounced off the foul pole into the bleachers in fair territory, putting the Royals on top 4-3.
Garcia, who faced the Royals 21 times while with Seattle and Chicago, walked Mark Teahen and Sweeney lined a 3-2 pitch into the visitors bullpen.
Gathright and Pena each drove in a run in the seventh and Pena, DeJesus and LaRue all had three hits for the Royals, who hadn't won at home since May 23.
Elarton gave up four runs on six hits, with one walk and three strikeouts in his second victory since shoulder surgery last Aug. 1.
Rollins led off the game with a double and Howard drove Elarton's 2-2 pitch 428 feet into the right field water display for a 2-0 lead. Greg Dobbs had a solo homer in the second and Rod Barajas hit his third home run in the fifth.
Philadelphia All-Star Chase Utley, whose .308 average coming into the series led all NL second basemen, struck out four times and stranded four runners. But he made a great running, sliding catch with his back to the infield to save a run in the seventh.
The first 20,000 spectators entering the stadium got a pin commemorating the 1980 Phillies-Royals World Series. Philadelphia won the Series, its only world championship, in six games. ... The six-run second tied KC's best for an inning this year. ... It's the start of a nine-game interleague homestand for the Royals, who'll also host St. Louis and Florida.
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