Kansas City bats can't rustle up support for Meche in loss

By: By Conor Nicholl / MLB.com
By: By Conor Nicholl / MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- Gil Meche lost his fifth straight start and the Royals' offense was shut down by Jon Lieber in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Meche, who has received two runs of support in his last six starts, didn't receive any against Lieber. Meche has received the second-lowest run support of any American League starter who qualifies for the ERA title.

Lieber struck out 10 hitters through eight innings, including six in a row in the first two innings, and only allowed three hits. No Royal reached third base all night.

Meche worked at least seven innings for the seventh time this season and the second time in his last three outings. He finished with four earned runs in seven innings, but struck out eight -- a season high by a Royals starter -- and walked only one. During his last seven starts, Meche is 0-5 with 4.25 ERA. KC hasn't won a Meche start since May 3.

The Phillies killed Meche softly in the second inning, sandwiching a walk around two seeing-eye singles to scrape across a run. They inflicted more damage in the fourth. After Aaron Rowand led off with a single, Pat Burrell laced a liner into the left-center gap.

Joey Gathright nearly made a mid-air grab, but the ball got past him and Rowand scored. Greg Dobbs followed with another double, and, two batters later, Rod Barajas hit a deep fly ball to right-center that ticked off Mark Teahen's glove for another run.

The Royals fell to 1-1 on the nine-game homestand and are 3-2 in Interleague Play this season..

Conor Nicholl is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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