Bruce Chen, who struck out a season-high six, allowed three runs over five frames. (AP)
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Have a night, Billy. Billy Butler did just that, putting up a career-high five hits plus three RBIs and two runs as the Royals took the opener. Robinson Tejeda pitched three scoreless innings of relief of Bruce Chen, and Brayan Pena's seventh-inning RBI single put K.C. up for good.
Game Scores: Chen, B , Hill, R . IBB: Pena, B (by Bass). HBP: Jones, Ad (by Chen, B), Mora (by Chen, B). Pitches-strikes: Chen, B 99-64, Tejeda 25-20, Soria 18-13, Hill, R 61-35, Bass 38-22, Albers, M 23-17, Baez 21-13,
Meredith 12-8. Groundouts-flyouts: Chen, B 1-3, Tejeda 4-2, Soria 2-0, Hill, R 2-0, Bass 5-1, Albers, M 3-1, Baez 1-1, Meredith 1-0. Batters faced: Chen, B 26, Tejeda 9, Soria 3, Hill, R 14, Bass 14, Albers, M 7, Baez 6, Meredith 3. Inherited runners-scored: Bass 2-0, Albers, M 1-0. Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Marty Foster.
2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Chad Fairchild. Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF. T:
2:55. Att: 15,169. Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. July 27, 2009 July 27, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner