Also, catcher Sal Perez was given the start because votes-leader Matt Wieters missed the game because of injury.
Perez caught Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in the first inning and couldn’t block one Hernandez changeup that got away. It was ruled a wild pitch as Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh moved up from first to second.
McCutchen then stole third on a strikeout — Perez made a solid throw to third but McCutchen had a great jump off Hernandez.
In the second inning, Perez caught a towering pop-up behind home plate from Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez, who was heard chirping at Perez to "Let it drop! Let it drop!"
Perez got one at-bat, unfortunately against Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw. Perez took a strike, swung through a fastball, then dribbled a slow roller toward third. It looked like Perez might beat it out, but the throw from Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez beat Perez by half a step.
Left fielder Alex Gordon likely would have played a few innings late, but he was held out because of a sprained right wrist. Gordon is expected to be back for the Royals’ game Friday night at Boston.