Royals ride four home runs, strong pitching to 10-1 win over Diamondbacks

Carlos Santana hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Royals up 7-1.
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Adalberto Mondesi and Jorge Soler each hit a home run in the first inning, Royals pitching held the Diamondbacks to just one run and Kansas City beat Arizona 10-1 on Thursday.

With Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium one week away, the Royals continued their strong spring play.

The Kansas City offense got to work early. Mondesi hit a solo homer to right field to put the Royals up 1-0 in the first. Soler followed later in the inning with a three-run shot to right to extend the lead to 4-0, and the Royals never looked back.

Carlos Santana hit the third of four home runs for the Royals in the fifth inning, giving Kansas City a 7-1 lead, and Ryan McBroom grew the Royals’ lead to 10-1 with a three-run homer in the seventh.

Danny Duffy delivered a solid starting performance for Kansas City before exiting the game early in the fifth inning after a Wyatt Mathisen hit ricocheted off of his legs. He was not seriously injured. The left-hander gave up his only run on a home run by Pavin Smith in the second.

While Duffy gave up just one earned run over 4 1/3 innings, it was Ervin Santana who really shone on the mound for the Royals. The right-hander struck out seven batters and threw three scoreless innings, giving up zero hits and zero runs.

Jake Brentz turned in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Royals.

Kansas City improved to 14-7-3 in Cactus League play with just four games remaining.

They Royals play the Rangers on Friday.