Musician Jack White, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was unable to put any voodoo on the Kansas City Royals at Coors Field Monday night. Kansas City got loose against the Colorado Rockies’ bullpen in the 7th and 8th innings for a 7-4 victory that turned a fine start by rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek (2-9, 5.38) into his ninth MLB loss.
Matzek matched up with Royals’ righty James Shields (12-6, 3.28), and the two went toe to toe through the 6th. The Rockies got a run on 3 singles in the 1st and added one on Nolan Arenado’s 13th home run in the 5th. Kansas City got one on Matzek in the 4th when he walked Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain doubled with 2 out. Matzek retired the first two in the 7th before the supremely affordable Josh Willingham singled and Nori Aoki was walked. Colorado manager Walt Weiss made the obvious move, going to right-hander Adam Ottavino against right-handed hitting Omar Infante, but Infante delivered on a 1-2 count, slicing a line-drive double that hit the right-field foul line and plated both runners. Salvador Perez followed and lifted a low Ottavino slider over the head of Rockies’ center-fielder Drew Stubbs to make it 4-2.
Kelvin Herrera came on for Shields in the bottom of the inning and walked Stubbs and Justin Morneau leading-off, but Arenado hit into a 5U-3 double play and Corey Dickerson grounded out. Weiss went to lefty Rex Brothers in the 8th, which many would call Conceding The Loss, and momentarily Brothers looked sharp, retiring Alex Gordon on strikes and getting a 4-3 ground-ball out of Cain. But Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar singled, Brothers walked the next two to make it 5-2, and Nick Masset came-on to face Infante, who took him to left for a 2-run double.
Colorado made it 7-4 when Stubbs homered with Charlie Blackmon on in the 9th, and Arenado made it to 2nd with 2 out on an error by Perez, but Royals’ closer Greg Holland retired Dickerson to preserve KC’s 2 game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
The Royals and Rockies wrap it up for 2014 tonight in Denver. It’s another 6:40 start. Jorge De La Rosa goes against Kansas City’s Danny Duffy.