D-Backs Edge Royals 6-4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s no place like home, but home isn’t necessarily a good thing for the Kansas City Royals this season.

The Royals blew their third lead in as many days on Friday night, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City has struggled mightily when playing at home this season, where they own a 20% winning percentage.

Designated hitter Billy Butler gave Kansas City a 3-1 advantage after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, and seemingly on cue, the Royals (15-23, 4-16 home) managed to give the lead right back.

The D-Backs (18-22, 11-10 away) went on a hitting spree in the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits to take a 4-3 lead. An RBI single by Royals left fielder Alex Gordon tied the game in the seventh, but Arizona scored two runs on three hits in the eighth to take the lead for good.

Former Royals utility infielder and outfield platoon artist, shortstop Willie Bloomquist, finished the game with three hits and two runs scored for the D-Backs. Arizona catcher Miguel Montero did the most damage, finishing with three RBI’s on two hits.

Royals starter Luis Mendoza (2-2, 5.03 ERA) gave up four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking three. Reliever Kelvin Herrera (0-1, 4.35 ERA) got the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

D-Backs Starter Joe Saunders (2-3, 3.55 ERA) went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. Reliever Brad Ziegler (3-1, 1.50 ERA) got the win, and closer J.J. Putz (6.92 ERA) recorded his eighth save.

The Royals try to avoid their fourth straight loss on Saturday night as they take on the Diamondbacks for game two at Kauffman Stadium. Bruce Chen (2-4, 4.34 ERA) is slated to start against Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.81 ERA).

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