Diamondbacks Start Strong, Sweep Royals With 5-3 Victory

Daniel Hudson pitched well and the Diamondbacks scored early to secure a 5-3 victory and claim their sixth straight road win.

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Diamondbacks Start Strong, Sweep Royals With 5-3 Victory

The Arizona Diamondbacks used some early scoring and a measure of good pitching by Daniel Hudson to secure a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. With the win, the Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the Royals and clinched their sixth straight road win.

The Diamondbacks came out swinging, posting two runs in the first inning and scoring five runs total in the first four innings. The Royals countered with three runs of their own through four innings, but it would not be enough as the game turned into a defensive struggle and both teams failed to score over the final five innings.

Pitcher Daniel Hudson (9-5) allowed just six hits and three runs total in seven innings, keeping the Royals at bay while the Diamondbacks were mounting their assault over the first four innings. He has been on fire lately, posting an 8-1 record in his last eleven games after starting the season with four consecutive losses as a starter. Hudson is currently tied for most victories by a pitcher in the National League.

The Diamondbacks now move on to a three-game road series against the Detroit Tigers. The Diamondbacks are 42-34 on the season and will look to remain atop the standings of the NL West as they lead the San Francisco Gaints by .5 games.

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Kennedy, Diamondbacks Secure Series Victory Against Kansas City, 3-2

The Arizona Diamondbacks could only muster five hits against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Fortunately, they made them count, defeating the Royals 3-2 at Kaufman Stadium.

Ian Kennedy was impressive once again, going six innings and giving up only one earned run. With the win, Kennedy improves his record to 8-2 and his ERA to 2.90.

The bullpen was far from perfect, with Micah Owings giving up a run in the seventh and J.J. Putz nearly giving away the game in the bottom of the ninth before retiring future superstar Eric Hosmer with two on and two out.

Xavier Nady, Willie Bloomquist and Ryan Roberts all added RBI in the fifth inning, providing all the run support Kennedy would need.

It wasn't pretty, but Arizona keeps finding ways to win. At 41-34, they now own a half game advantage over the San Francisco Giants to lead the NL West, who are still in action against the Minnesota Twins.

The Diamondbacks go for the series sweep tomorrow at 5:10 PM Pacific time. Kirk Gibson will send Daniel Hudson (8-5, 3.56) to the mound to face Felipe Paulino (0-4, 4.10). Will the Diamondbacks bust out the brooms? With a tough series against Detroit coming up, another win is much needed.

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Saunders, Upton, Newcomer Pena Shine As Diamondbacks Best Royals 7-2

Wily Mo Pena, just barely brought up from the minor leagues to play DH for the Arizona Diamondbacks during their interleague road trip, homered in his second at-bat as the D-backs beat the Kansas City Royals in the first game of their three-game series 7-2. Pena had been killing minor league pitching, having hit 21 hromeruns so far this season.

Joe Saunders began the game allowing a homerun on his first pitch to Alex Gordon, continuing his pattern of allowing runs in the first inning, but locked things down after that. He gave up only six hits and three walks in seven innings of work, allowing just the two runs. 

After Pena's fifth-inning homer tied the game, Arizona took the lead the next inning as Justin Upton's double drove in Kelly Johnson. With three runs in the seventh inning, thanks to a two-run triple by Gerardo Parra after a hit by Miguel Montero and a double by Juan Miranda, which was followed by an RBI groundout by Ryan Roberts. Chris Young added to the lead with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 15th of the year. 

After Saunders left after seven innings, David Hernandez and Aaron Heilman closed the game with two scoreless innings. The win puts Arizona in a good position to win the series in KC, as their two aces, Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson are set to go in the two remaining games. 

Saunders, with the win, brings his record to 4-7 and lowers his ERA to a respectable 4.35. 

Justin Upton continued his torrid hitting, collecting two more extra base hits. His season average is now .305.

For more reactions and coverage of the Arizona Diamondbacks, visit the AZ Snake Pit.

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