KANSAS CITY— Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist’s double in the bottom of the first.
“Just didn’t feel myself, so there’s no point in me [playing] not feeling myself,” Jones, who had whiplash and blurred vision, said of exiting the game. “We got a great team, great guys that can go in there and fill in. I’m not going to be out there when I’m not myself.”
Ventura gave up just two singles, both to Paul Janish, who wouldn’t have been playing if not for the Jones injury.
What impressed Royals manager Ned Yost?
“His ability to make an adjustment in the first inning,” Yost said of Ventura. “He was rushing it, he was flying open. His pitch count was up. But then he made an adjustment, slowed his tempo down, and he was down through the zone and got his pitch count manageable. His curveball was excellent, fastball up to 100 mph, changeup good.”
Chris Tillman started for the Orioles, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Tillman gave up nine hits and four runs in six innings.