Alec Marsh dazzles in season debut as Royals defeat Orioles, 4-1

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BALTIMORE — Alec Marsh entered spring training looking to prove he belonged in the Kansas City Royals’ starting rotation.

Marsh shined in camp and earned the coveted fifth starter spot. But he still needed to perform on the biggest stage.

The Royals improved to 2-3 after a 4-1 victory against the Orioles on Tuesday. Marsh limited a red-hot Orioles offense that had outscored teams by 16 runs in four games. And he did so with the full complement of his pitching arsenal. He struck out five while allowing two hits and one earned run over seven innings.

Marsh mixed in six pitches against the Orioles. He relied on his sweeper early and attacked with his four-seam fastball. The sweeper, which Marsh developed last season, registered seven swings and four whiffs, per Baseball Savant.

The Orioles were stymied all night. Jordan Westburg and Colton Cowser had the lone hits against Marsh. In the third inning, the duo hit consecutive doubles to account for the Orioles’ lone run.

Meanwhile, the Royals gave Marsh an early lead. KC scored three runs in the second inning behind Nick Loftin and Maikel Garcia.


Loftin, who struck out with the bases loaded on Monday, redeemed himself with a RBI single to put the Royals on the board. Garcia followed with a two-run double as the Royals took a 3-0 lead.

Later, Garcia added an RBI triple in the fourth inning. The Royals extended their lead to 4-1 as the bullpen shut the door late. Will Smith picked up his first save.

Here are more notables from Tuesday’s game:

Royals capitalize early against orioles


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