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Utah native, LDS Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie out-pitches Freddy Garcia in Baltimore return

By By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun (MCT)

Published: Friday, May 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

After shortstop Alcides Escobar reached on an infield hit, Gordon launched a 2-1 pitch onto the flag court in right field. Two batters later, after Billy Butler singled, Hosmer took a 2-0 pitch into the left-center seats.

“I was behind in the count to both hitters and I gave up two home runs,” Garcia said. “I was trying to do my best and tried to keep the guys in the game. … I made two mistakes and then I paid for it. Sometimes it happens. It’s part of the game, and hopefully next time I’ll do better.”

Gordon’s homer, his sixth of the season, marked the first time in his career he’s homered in three straight games — with all coming against the Orioles. Hosmer’s snapped a homerless streak of 144 at-bats that dated back to last Sept. 11.

The 36-year-old Garcia, whowent 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA with Triple-A Norfolk before being called up, needed just 32 pitches to get through the first three innings before enduring a 25-pitch fourth inning.

Still, Garcia made it through six innings, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He was pulled after 77 pitches (47 strikes) in favor of left-hander T.J. McFarland to open the seventh.

“He threw the ball well,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “A couple pitches up a little bit, but he threw the ball well. (He) mixed in his off-speed, threw the ball in and out. That one inning, as an offense, we’ve got to be able to try and pick up for that inning. We couldn’t just quite get enough tonight.”

McFarland, who hadn’t pitched since May 1, yielded a solo homer to Mike Moustakas on his second pitch of the seventh, a 1-0 slider that Moustakas hit high off the right-field foul pole.

The Royals took a 6-2 lead in the eighth on Salvador Perez’s two-out seeing-eye single off right-hander Alex Burnett, who was making his Orioles debut after being recalled from Norfolk earlier in the day.

J.J. Hardy put the Orioles up 1-0 in the second inning on a one-out single that plated Adam Jones from second. Jones reached on a throwing error by Escobar to open the inning, then moved to second on a single by Wieters.

Hardy’s hit snapped Guthrie’s scoreless inning streak at 18.

Davis blasted a solo homer to into the center-field bleachers off Guthrie on a 1-2 pitch to open the fourth inning. It was Davis’ 10th homer of the season but his first since April 28.

The game began 31 minutes late because of a threat of inclement weather.

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