Royals start strong but fall short in 13-9 loss to Giants
MAR 23, 2014 9:44p ET
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, including three homers, but the San Francisco Giants came all the way back to beat the Kansas City Royals 13-9 on Sunday.
Making his fifth start of the spring, Lincecum gave up home runs to Salvador Perez, Jason Donald and Carlos Peguero. The right-hander also struck out seven and walked one in 4 2/3 innings.
Brandon Crawford sparked San Francisco's eight-run sixth with a two-run homer. Brandon Belt hit an RBI single and Hector Sanchez added a two-run single.
With two outs, Gregor Blanco hit a drive into the right-center gap, driving in two runs, and came all the way around to score himself for a 9-7 lead. The play was ruled a triple and an error, due to a dropped throw on the relay.
The Giants added two more runs in the seventh for an 11-7 advantage. After Kansas City cut the lead to 11-9 with two runs in the eighth, the Giants got two more in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by Ehire Adrianza.
Right-hander Yordano Ventura solidified his hold on the No. 3 spot in Ned Yost's rotation by limiting the Giants to just one run on five hits in five innings. The 22-year-old Ventura walked three and struck out three.
James Shields will start on Opening Day in Detroit, followed by Jason Vargas and then Ventura, who was 0-1 in three starts for the Royals last year.
The team announced Sunday left-handers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph were optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters were assigned to minor-league camp.