Royal pains: Guthrie gives up four homers in 14-1 loss to Yankees

Jeremy Guthrie was tagged for 11 runs and lasted less than two innings in Kansas City's 14-1 loss to the Yankees.

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It didn’t take long for the Yankees to batter Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie on Monday.

After two pitches, they had their first hit. After three, their first run. After 60, New York had tagged Guthrie for 11 runs as the right-hander lasted one-plus inning in Kansas City’s 14-1 loss to the Yankees.

The Yankees boomed four home runs off Guthrie, one more than the number of outs he recorded. They touched him up for nine total hits while also drawing three walks.

It was just the second time in baseball history a pitcher had given up 11 earned runs in one inning or less. It was the fifth time in Royals history a pitcher had given up at least 11 runs, the first time since Vin Mazzaro gave up a franchise-record 14 in an outing in 2011.

Guthrie had never surrendered more than eight runs in a start, but had already given that up by the time the 21-minute bottom of the first had ended.

All 11 runs off Guthrie came via home runs, with Chase Headley connecting on a two-run shot while Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Stephen Drew each launched three-run homers. Drew’s home run came in the second inning and brought Royals manager Ned Yost to the mound to remove Guthrie.

Guthrie became the 11th pitcher all-time to serve up four homers while recording three or fewer outs. He was the first pitcher since 2005 to do so.

3 UP

• Finnegan settles the ship. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, called up from Triple A Omaha on Monday, threw a career-high three shutout innings in relief of Guthrie, a walk his only blemish. Finnegan will likely be sent back down Tuesday to make room for Jason Vargas, but he did his job against New York.

Finnegan entered the game in the second inning with Kansas City already trailing 11-0. He retired the first six Yankees he faced before walking McCann to lead off the fourth inning. He finished with two strikeouts and a career-high 45 pitches.

• Dyson gets a hit. Outfielder Jarrod Dyson notched his first hit since May 10 with an RBI single in the fifth inning. The base hit snapped a 0-for-15 stretch for Dyson, who entered the game hitting .180. He also singled in the eighth.

Dyson has been splitting time with Paulo Orlando in right field as Alex Rios recovers from a fractured left hand. He replaced Lorenzo Cain in center field in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday.

• Orlando slides for grab. Orlando made a sliding catch of Alex Rodriguez’s sinking liner down the right-field line in the fifth inning, saving a run and nearly completing a double play.

Orlando, who finished the game in left field, sprinted toward foul ground before sliding, making the grab and whipping it back to second. The throw was off the bag and Alcides Escobar wasn’t able to double up Headley at second base.

3 DOWN

• Hosmer’s day in right field. Salvador Perez did not start Monday’s game, but he appeared at first base in the bottom of the sixth inning. Regular first baseman Eric Hosmer shifted to right field as Orlando moved to left. It was Hosmer’s first appearance in right field since Aug. 3, 2013, while Perez’s last time at first came on Sept. 29, 2013. In the seventh inning, Hosmer allowed a single to drop in front of him and behind Christian Colon.


Hosmer in right field could become an option for the Royals next weekend, when they play against the Cubs without the designated hitter. Kendrys Morales has been crucial to the Kansas City lineup but is limited defensively, capable of playing only first base.

• Offense quiet again. The offense mustered just one run off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in his seven innings, and Kansas City has scored only two runs in its past two games. The Royals had not been held to two runs in two games all season.

Michael Wacha and two St. Louis relievers shut down the Kansas City offense Sunday afternoon, when it registered only two at-bats with runners in scoring position. On Monday, Eovaldi and New York reliever Jacob Lindgren forced the Royals to strand nine runners.

• Holland gets taken deep. Royals closer Greg Holland, who hadn’t pitched since May 14, gave up a two-run home run to Slade Heathcott in the seventh inning. The blast gave the Yankees a 13-run lead and marked the first home run Holland has given up in 2015.

Holland gave up three home runs in 2014, the last one coming on June 23 against the Dodgers. Heathcott’s homer was the 15th Holland had ever served up in his 271 appearances. Holland was removed Monday after walking two and striking out one in one-third of an inning.

WHAT’S NEXT

Vargas will come off the disabled list Tuesday and reclaim his spot in the rotation in the second game of the series against New York. Vargas takes over for Danny Duffy, who was scheduled to start Tuesday but was placed on the DL with left bicep tendinitis. Vargas last pitched May 5, giving up two runs across six innings against Cleveland.

The Yankees will send Adam Warren to the mound. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA this season, including a pair of tough-luck losses in his last two outings. Warren gave up a combined five earned runs in 13 1/3 innings but the Yankees scored four total runs in the losses. Warren has never faced any Royal more than four times.

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