Royals blank Orioles to open series

Kansas City Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki, center, and teammates congratulate one another after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Baltimore. Kansas City won 5-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kansas City Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki, center, and teammates congratulate one another after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Baltimore. Kansas City won 5-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) – Yordano Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings Friday night as the Kansas City Royals cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, who played the latter part of the game without injured slugger Chris Davis.

Davis left in the fifth inning with a left oblique strain. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Davis looked to be in obvious discomfort as he walked toward the dugout following a third-inning flyout. Davis led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs last season.

Ventura (2-1) had a career-high eight strikeouts and walked two in his seventh major league start. Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to finish off the Royals’ second shutout of the season.

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-4) allowed four runs and six hits in six-plus innings.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s