Garza struggles, Byrd stays hot in loss to KC
Starter allows six runs in 2 2/3; outfielder goes 2-for-2, homers
MESA, Ariz. -- Melky Cabrera hit a three-run triple to highlight a five-run first inning and lift the Royals to a 13-4 victory Wednesday over the Cubs.
Bruce Chen (1-0), making his second start and third spring appearance, gave up two runs, three hits, and three walks over four innings, while striking out four.
Matt Garza (0-2) scuffled in the Royals' first, serving up five runs on three walks and three hits, including Cabrera's triple. Billy Butler and Alex Gordon each hit RBI singles in the inning. At least Garza survived his rematch with Jeff Francoeur. Last Friday, Francoeur lined a ball off the right side of Garza's lower back. The Cubs pitcher stayed in that game to finish the inning but was then lifted.
Jeff Baker walked to lead off for the Cubs, reached third one out later on Marlon Byrd's single and scored on Aramis Ramirez's groundout.
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Garza gave up a two-out single to Gordon in the third and was pulled. Manny Pina then singled off Jay Jackson to give the Royals a 6-1 lead.
Garza, who will be third in the Cubs rotation, was charged with six runs on four hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings.
"There was no carryover or anything like that [from being hit]," Garza said. "My fastball didn't have it today, the velocity and everything was great, my arm felt good, but my location was off and I had to go to different pitches. That's why you have more than one pitch."
Byrd made it 6-2 with his first spring homer in the third. It was Byrd's second hit of the game, and he now has six multi-hit efforts in eight games.
Cabrera also doubled in the Royals' fifth and scored on Gordon's double.
Reed Johnson doubled home Josh Vitters, who doubled earlier, in the Cubs' sixth off Everett Teaford before Lance Zawadzki hit a two-run single off Justin Berg in the Royals' seventh. Zawadzki also had an RBI triple in the ninth.
Kansas City's Mitch Maier added his first home run of the spring, a solo shot off Esmailin Caridad in the ninth.
Cubs up next: Randy Wells will make his second start and third Cactus League outing on Thursday, when the Cubs play host to the Indians at HoHoKam Park at 2:05 p.m. CT -- fans with a cubs.com account can listen to a free, exclusive webcast. Wells is competing for one of the two openings in the rotation. Andrew Cashner is scheduled to follow Wells in the game. Tyler Colvin also will get his second start at first base this spring. He's being considered there as insurance. It will be Ron Santo Day as the Cubs salute the late radio broadcaster and third baseman, who died in December.
Royals up next: The Royals will play two on Thursday in split-squad action, as they travel to Tempe to play the Angels at 2:05 p.m. CT on Gameday Audio and Phoenix to face the A's, also at 2:05. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro is slated to start against the Angels, while left-hander Will Smith is set to start against the A's. Closer Joakim Soria is also scheduled to pitch in relief against the A's.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.