Jarrod Dyson powers Royals with bat, glove in 5-3 feat over Dodgers

The tributes poured in while Jarrod Dyson lay crumpled during a bottom of a center-field wall in Kauffman Stadium.

On a mound, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie private his cap. In a crowd, a fans on palm for a 5-3 feat delivered a station ovation. As he loped behind to a dugout, Dodgers sophomore showman Yasiel Puig, a plant of Dyson’s outfield robbery, doffed his helmet.

Dyson crashed into a wall and stole a strike from Puig on Monday night. It was a play fit for prominence reels on an dusk when Dyson contributed in several ways. He singled 3 times, gathering in dual runs, scored a third, stole dual bases and contributed to a invulnerability as a Royals snapped a four-game losing streak.

“You can’t have a softened diversion than he had,” manager Ned Yost said.

Even now, after years scratching out an existence in a majors as a 5-foot-10, slap-hitting pest, Dyson still finds it tough to detach from his past as a would-be cleanup hitter. His night lacked usually one element, he joked.

“I would have taken a bomb, if we could have got one,” he said.

He had to settle for a starring purpose in a win dirty with contributors. Salvador Perez battered dual extra-base hits. Alcides Escobar scored twice, and Lorenzo Cain, a other esteem fetched when a Royals traded Zack Greinke, notched dual hits. Guthrie kept a Dodgers off a house until Hanley Ramirez’s two-run double in a eighth.

During their four-game skid, a Royals amassed 8 runs. On Sunday, they kick adult a informed face. Greinke was pitching during Kauffman Stadium for a third time given perfectionist an exodus after a 2010 season. The throng greeted him with respectful acclaim during a pregame introductions. They showered him with jeers on his exit mid by a sixth inning.

“I was flattering bold on a approach out,” Greinke said. “So they have each right to be insane during me.”

In 110 starts during this park, Greinke had given adult usually 48 home runs.

The 49th came in a second inning. Perez pulverized a first-pitch slider and dunked his ninth homer of a deteriorate into a fountains in left-center field.

The Royals capitalized on an opening with dual outs after in a inning. Escobar scarcely brained Greinke with a singular adult a middle. He took second bottom when Greinke skipped a curveball in a dirt. Dyson punched an towering fastball into left for an RBI single.

Granted a lead, Guthrie set a sprightly pace. He threw 8 pitches in a initial inning and 4 in a second. The third was a relations marathon: 11 pitches.

“He fed off their aggressiveness,” Yost said.

Guthrie entered a diversion on a roll. He had posted a 2.85 ERA in his prior 7 starts. He struck out 18 in his dual starts on a final highway trip, flustering a White Sox and Tigers. He credited his softened prolongation during this widen to some-more certainty pitching inside and a sensory slider.

“I feel good,” Guthrie said. “I’ve been means to work on things, and be a small some-more consistent, so a formula have been some-more favorable.”

He also devoted his defenders. With dual outs in a fourth, Guthrie pumped a 93-mph fastball over a core of a plate. Puig gathering a round to a deepest apportionment of core field. Dyson sprinted with his conduct craned over his left shoulder, gloved a round and collided with a wall.

Dyson collapsed on impact.

“I suspicion (Floyd) Mayweather strike him,” Cain said, and Yost wondered if Dyson was injured.

“Did we get behind up?” Dyson said. “I’m a tiger.”

In his subsequent at-bat, Dyson was a matter for a run by besting Greinke in an eight-pitch at-bat. Dyson fouled off 3 sliders before sharpened a fastball adult a middle. It was his second strike of a game, though he would not sojourn during initial for long. He jetted to second for his 11th stolen bottom of a season.

As Dyson ran, Cain waited during a plate. Yost commissioned Cain as a club’s latest leadoff hitter on Sunday. Cain hungered for a opportunity, and has repaid Yost for his faith.

He dunked a singular to shoal right, that supposing Dyson plenty time to competition a final 180 feet home.

Greinke would skip an inning later.

Perez raked a leadoff double. Escobar flicked a falling ship down a right-field line. The round bounced past Puig. Escobar raced around to third base, where manager Mike Jirschele hold him adult and denied him a possibility during an inside-the-park homer.

“I wanted it!” Escobar said. “I was still running.”

The night’s star brought him home, anyway. Dyson delivered Escobar to a image with a singular to core and finished Greinke’s night in a process. The five-run lead shrank as a diversion approached a conclusion, though a advantage was adequate to snap a losing streak.

“We really indispensable this one,” Cain said.

To strech Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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