LOS ANGELES, Calif. –The Dodgers coming off a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, picked up right where they left off in taking game one of the series with the Kansas City Royals 4-1 at Dodger Stadium in front of 48,017 fans in attendance.
Kenta Maeda ( 7-4) was effective in his outing allowing just one run in his five innings of work. He had five strikeouts en route to earning his seventh win of the season.
Offensively for Los Angeles (59-29), Maeda was able to help himself with a single in the fourth inning and scoring the go-ahead run on a Corey Seager single.
In the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig smacked a solo home run, his 16th of the season increasing the lead to 3-1. This was his 11th home run at home this season.
A little bit of history occurred in the eighth inning. Chase Utley for the Dodgers had a RBI double. The RBI was the 1,000th of his career. He also became the ninth active player to accomplish that.
Kenley Jansen pitched a clean ninth inning for the Dodgers to earn his 21st save of the season.
Kansas City (44-41) was held to one run and just five hits on the night. Two of their hits kept hitting streaks alive. In the fourth inning, a single by Mike Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 10 games. With a single in the sixth inning, Eric Hosmer was able to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Jason Hammel (4-8) pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts in his effort. “Early in the game I was kind of struggling with command of my four seamer, so after the third inning, I went to the two seamer. It was better down in the zone. I really didn’t need high strikes after that. There were a couple strikes that could have been early, but when I get a run in, sometimes I got to make it stand up. That’s the disappointing part. I get a run in the fourth there, and I give it right back,” said Hammel.
On facing the Dodgers lineup, Hammel commented with, “That’s a tough lineup to battle. They are obviously playing well right now.”
The loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Royals, and their road record falls to 20-22. Despite the loss, they have won 18 of their last 25 since June 10, and nine of their last 14 on the road.
Note: This was the first visit for the Royals since 2003.
Next up is game two of the series tomorrow, with first pitch at 4:15 PM MST.