KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 18: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals slides into Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks, breaking up a double play at Kauffman Stadium May 18, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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The D-backs two-game winning streak game to an inglorious end on Saturday in KC. For more on the D-backs head over to AZ Snake Pit.

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Royals Shell Kennedy, Diamondback Fall 7-3

Ian Kennedy is not playing as well as he did last season. In that regard, he joins many (most) of his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates. Kennedy managed just five innings with six runs allowed on eight hits. Instead of the staff ace extending a rare two-game winning streak, Kennedy got shelled by the Kansas City Royals.

Of course, it's hard to blame Kennedy when the offense made Bruce Chen look like Justin Verlander (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB). Apparently, having Chris Young back in the lineup isn't a silver bullet after all.

The Royals got to Kennedy for one run in the second inning off a Chris Getz RBI single. They score two more in the third, another in the fourth and a couple more in the fifth before Ian was sent to the showers. The pen (lefty Mike Zagurski) gave up another in the sixth just to keep the Royals scoring streak alive.

The D-backs finally broke up the shutout in seventh inning with a minor rally started by a Paul Goldschmidt double. Ryan Roberts doubled in Goldy and then scored himself off a Willie Bloomquist single. Aaron Hill's double-play ball ended the threat.

Wade Miley (4-1, 2.52), who's been the Snakes most consistent starter, takes the hill Sunday against the Royals Nathan Adcock (0-1, 2.51). That day game starts at 11:10 a.m. Arizona time and will be on Fox Sports Arizona.

For more on the slumping Diamondbacks, visit AZ Snakepit.

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Diamondbacks Beat Royals In Chris Young's Return, 6-4

For one night at least, the 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks looked a lot like their brethren from last summer. Solid starting pitching. Clutch hitting. Late taking of a lead. Bullpen shutting the door. That's a recipe for success in a lot of baseball games but it only works with the right ingredients.

Chris Young, back for the first time since going on the DL after an April 17 meeting with the wall, was the missing piece. Maybe.

Young had a ridiculous start to the season going (.410 BA, 1.397 OPS) before a spectacular catch injured his right shoulder. In his first game back he was "relegated" to the DH role (which must have killed the defensive stud) against the AL Kansas City Royals. All he did was line drive a double that plated the tying and go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

Perhaps even more encouraging, middle of the order guys Miguel Montero and Justin Upton seemed buoyed calmed Young's presence.

Montero wasn't over-swinging at every pitch and as a result "gently" drove a ball to the opposite field that gave the D-backs the two-run margin of victory. Upton went 2-3 with a walk and scored three of his team's six runs.

On the mound, Joe Saunders bounced back from a couple of bad outings to give his team what they'd come to expect.

We knew he wasn't the guy who had a .090 ERA in April and we also know he isn't the guy who gave up 13 runs in his last two starts. Instead, Joe gave up eight hits but only three runs in his six innings. It was a very Saunders-like start which is exactly what his team needed.

Sure, Brad Ziegler gave up game-tying run in the seventh that cost Joe a win, but a glimpse of the late-inning heroics we were spoiled by last summer quickly got two back of the aforementioned Montero double.

Craig Breslow and J.J Putz finished off the Royals night.

Ian Kennedy faced Bruce Chen on Saturday in Kansas City.

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