Taylor ignites offense again late as Kansas City Royals earn third straight win

The Kansas City Royals hadn’t mustered much for most of the six innings, but they scratched a run with two outs in the sixth and suddenly the floodgates opened.

The Royals scored seven runs in three innings to earn their third straight victory, a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels ahead of a reported 16,616 in Game 1 of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.

The Royals’ pitching staff recorded their sixth shutout of the season.

Royals center fielder Michael A. Taylor went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, all with two outs, while left fielder André Benintendi went 3 for 5 with a stolen base, a bunt single and two runs scored.

Rookie designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino (2 for 4, walk) also had two hits for the Royals (39-57), as did second baseman Whit Merrifieldwho became the 16th Royals player to score 500 points in his career.

Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke pitched five scoreless innings and limited the Angels to four hits and one walk. He withdrew five. He ignored the decision. The score remained 0-0 when he left the match.

In the third inning, Greinke pulled out Brandon Marsh to start the frame, then retired the next batter, Andrew Velasquez.

Marsh’s strikeout gave Greinke 2,855 career strikeouts and tied him with Jim Bunning for 20th in the MLB all-time rankings. Velazquez’s strikeout gave Greinke the sole possession of 20th place.

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