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Royals ride right-handed lineup to 11-7 win against Mets

Jaylon Thompson, The Kansas City Star on

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NEW YORK — The Kansas City Royals returned to the win column on Saturday.

And they did it with a unique lineup.

The Royals started nine right-handed batters against the New York Mets. Royals manager Matt Quatraro opted for the lineup against southpaw Sean Manaea.

Manaea has fared worse against righties in his career. Opposing right-handed hitters had a .259 batting average and a .750 OPS (on-base plus slugging) in 198 previous games.

The strategy worked well. The Royals defeated the Mets, 11-7, at Citi Field and won their 10th game of the season. KC recorded 13 hits after being limited to just three in Friday’s series opener.

Both teams traded runs early. However, the Royals surged ahead in the fourth inning. Bobby Witt Jr. reached third base on a fielding error. Moments later, Nick Loftin drove him home with an RBI single.

 

The rally set the stage for Royals captain Salvador Perez. He drilled his 250th career home run as the Royals reclaimed the lead. KC tacked on three late runs to secure the victory.

Manaea exited after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs (six earned), nine hits and issued three walks.

The additional runs aided Royals starter Alec Marsh. He allowed four early runs before settling into his outing. Marsh worked five innings and picked up his second win.

The Mets fell to 6-8. KC will look to win the series on Sunday afternoon.

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