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Recap: Royals 13, Phillies 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: April 05, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
  

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kyle Kendrick was cruising along with a two-hitter and a four-run cushion until it all fell apart in a big way.

Alex Gordon and Chris Getz each hit a bases-loaded triple and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat Philadelphia 13-4 Friday, spoiling the Phillies' home opener.

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The interleague matchup was a rare one between teams that first met in the 1980 World Series - the Royals' only other visit to Philadelphia came in 2004.

After getting a total of 17 hits in their first three games against the Chicago White Sox, the Royals had 19 against the Phillies. Eric Hosmer was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, and the Royals overcame a 4-0 deficit to surge past the Phillies.

``It's disappointing,' Kendrick said. ``They got some hits. I'm not worried at all. It got away from us.'

Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz hit solo homers for the Phillies, who are off to a 1-3 start.

Bruce Chen (1-0) struck out two in a perfect fifth in relief of Wade Davis to earn the win. Davis allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings in his first start for Kansas City.

Four Royals relievers combined to toss five hitless innings.

Kendrick (0-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. Then a trio of relievers allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

``There's going to be days where they get hit,' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``It's a matter of being more consistent and doing the job when we put them in.'

Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and George Brett, rivals when the Phillies beat the Royals to win their first championship 33 years ago, threw out the first pitches.

Schmidt was the MVP of the `80 Series. He capped it off by leaping on pitcher Tug McGraw after the lefty threw strike three past Willie Wilson to clinch Game 6 and set off a wild celebration at old Veterans Stadium.

Looking to return to the postseason after their streak of five straight NL East titles ended last year when they finished 81-81, the Phillies will need better pitching. Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay were roughed up by Atlanta in the first two games, and Kendrick became the third pitcher who failed to last six innings.

``It's a tough one,' Ryan Howard said. ``You don't want to lose your opener like this.'

Hosmer hit a two-run single with two outs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Royals also rallied with two outs in the sixth. Getz hit a double to put runners at second and third. Pinch-hitter Billy Butler was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jeremy Horst replaced Kendrick, and Gordon greeted him with a bases-clearing triple to right-center that put the Royals ahead 5-4.

``We knew we didn't swing the bats great in Chicago,' Gordon said. ``We just kind of moved on. We never lost confidence in our offense. We came in here confident.'

Getz hit his bases-clearing triple off Chad Durbin in the seventh. Brown helped him out with an ill-advised diving attempt on the liner to left. The ball fell in and rolled all the way to the warning track.

``It's a play where you can't let the ball get behind you,' Manuel said. ``He has to try to keep it in front.'

Alcides Escobar hit a solo homer off Raul Valdes to make it 10-4 in the eighth.

A sellout crowd of 45,307 at Citizens Bank Park hoped to enjoy a victory on a comfortable, 64-degree late afternoon. The pregame festivities included a mini-parade that led players into the ballpark from the street behind the stands in left-center field.

With their furry green mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, first in line, the players and coaches walked in, mingled with the crowd and high-fived fans lined up along the red carpet in the outfield.

Then the hitters gave them something to cheer at the start.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Howard lined consecutive one-out singles in the first for a 1-0 lead.

Brown hit a towering drive out to right in the second. One out later, Kratz lined one out to left for a 3-0 lead. Kendrick followed with a liner off the wall in left, barely missing his first career homer by about 2 feet.

Kendrick slowly jogged to first, admiring his drive and held up for a long single much to the amusement of Howard and his fellow starting pitchers who pointed and laughed from the dugout.

Utley doubled to left-center in the third, stole third and scored on Howard's single to right.

NOTES: The Phillies are 3-7 in home openers since leaving the Vet. ... The Royals are 4-3 vs. the Phillies in the regular season. ... LHP John Lannan makes his Phillies debut on Saturday against RHP Luis Mendoza.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Royals at Phillies
Fri, Apr 5 Final 13 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Royals at Phillies
Sat, Apr 6 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Royals at Phillies
Sun, Apr 7 Final 9 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  +110   -200   8 
 PHI  -120   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  +108   -200   8 
 PHI  -118   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 KAN  45%   2%   66% 
 PHI  55%   98%   34% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB RECAPS
 Friday, Apr 5
 
    Yankees at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Orioles
3:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Phillies
4:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Giants
4:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Braves
7:30 PM EDT
    Mariners at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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