Royals 11, Diamondbacks 10

Willie Bloomquist isn’t surprised at how well the Kansas City

Royals are playing in spring training. And, he said he believes it

will carry over into the season.

Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Elliot Johnson homered for the

Royals as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-10

Saturday.

The Royals improved to 20-6-1, matching 2011 (20-10-1) for their

second most spring training victories. Their most spring wins came

in 1999, when they went 22-9.

”I think outside looking in, it could be a Kansas City year,”

said Bloomquist, a Diamondbacks’ utility player who played with the

Royals in 2009-10. ”They’ve got a pretty good dang team. If you

ask me, I like where they are at right now. They’ve got a chance to

be good for a lot of years. I like their team.”

Gordon hit his fourth homer and Butler also connected in the

first inning. Johnson hit a two-run homer in the fifth and also had

a sacrifice fly.

Paul Goldschmidt drove in four runs for Arizona, going 3 for 3

with two doubles and a sacrifice fly to raise his batting average

to .412.

”He’s a professional. He works hard and does what he’s supposed

to do. Good things happen to those sort of players,” Bloomquist

said. ”He’s pretty even keel whether he’s hitting .150 or .450,

you would never know it. He just goes about his business the right

way every day.”

Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer in the Diamondbacks’ five-run

seventh, while Alfredo Marte homered in the eighth to tie the

score. Marte returned to the big league camp after being optioned

March 13 to Triple-A Reno after Adam Eaton’s left elbow injury that

will keep him out six to eight weeks.

Jarrod Dyson singled in the Kansas City ninth, stole second,

moved to third on a groundout and scored on George Kottaras’

two-out single.

Kottaras went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two walks.

”He’s one of those guys that never has a panic at-bat,” Royals

manager Ned Yost said. ”He always stays within himself. He always

knows what he wants to do. He had a great eye at the plate and he

gives you a professional at-bat every time.”

Right-hander Ervin Santana, who will start the Royals’ second

game of the season, allowed four runs, two unearned, on six hits

and a walk over six innings.

”My location was very good,” Santana said. ”Every time when

you have the ball down and locate it, it’s going to be good

results. I don’t try to work on anything. I just go with the

mentality to get people out. If I have a pitch working that day, I

use it. If not, I use the other ones. That’s my mentality.”

Arizona starter Randall Delgado allowed six runs on nine hits,

including three home runs, and four walks in five innings, throwing

59 strikes in 96 pitches.

Jeff Francoeur, the final batter Delgado faced, hit a shot off

the middle of Delgado’s back that Goldschmidt caught in the air

between first and second.

Delgado said he was OK.

NOTES: Chris Getz has won the Royals’ 2B with 2B Johnny

Giavotella optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Giavotella, a 2008

second-round pick, owns a career .308 batting average in the

minors, but has hit .242 in 99 big league games. He hit .267 in 21

spring training games, while Getz is hitting .378 in 22 games. …

Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has a strained right quadriceps and did not

play. … LHP Wade Miley will start Sunday for the Diamondbacks

against Seattle.