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