KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Arizona rookie Andrew Good showed the
poise of a veteran Wednesday night in winning his third straight
Good worked around three early errors, pitching the Diamondbacks
past the Kansas City Royals 4-3.
Good (3-1) allowed two unearned runs in six innings. He gave up
five hits in the first three innings, but allowed only an infield
single after that.
The Royals left the bases loaded in the first inning and again
in the third.
``A tip of the cap to Andrew Good to pitch through some out of
our defensive problems early in the game,'' Diamondbacks manager
Bob Brenly said. ``He didn't unravel. He didn't get rattled. He
doesn't worry about what if, what if.''
Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his third save in as many
opportunities. Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single with two outs.
It was 2-all in the seventh when Quinton McCracken doubled with
one out off Darrell May (0-3). Junior Spivey doubled to put the
Diamondbacks ahead and Danny Bautista added an RBI double.
``Darrell May was pitching great and we thought two runs were
enough,'' Royals designated hitter Mike Sweeney said. ``We're just
missing with the big hit or getting the big strikeout.
``We didn't come through when we needed to, me personally in the
Sweeney struck out in the ninth with a runner on first.
Lyle Overbay had two of Arizona's five doubles. He hit an RBI
double in the fourth to cut the Royals' lead to 2-1.
Arizona tied it in the fifth when Alex Cintron's single scored
Chad Moeller, who led off the inning with a single, stole second
and advanced to third on catcher Brent Mayne's throwing error.
A pair of errors helped Kansas City score an unearned run in the
first inning. Beltran, who had three hits, singled home the run.
``In that situation you try to do damage control,'' Good said.
``For the most part, I was able to do that and keep the team in the
game. The way we've been swinging the bats, we can come back and
put some runs on the board.''
An error by third baseman Robby Hammock in the third inning led
to another run in the third for the Royals. Beltran singled and
later scored on Mayne's infield single.
Royals first baseman Ken Harvey was taken to a hospital for
X-rays of his neck after he went headfirst over the tarp in the
fifth inning while chasing Bautista's foul ball. Mendy Lopez
replaced Harvey at first. X-rays were negative of Harvey's neck.
``My neck is a little sore,'' Harvey said. ``I was a little
scared. I didn't know where I was for a while.''<
^Notes:@ Joe Randa did not commit an error and has 69 consecutive
errorless games, tying a Royals' record by a third baseman. Bill
Pecota went 69 games from April 29-Aug. 30, 1991, without an error
at third. ... Diamondbacks OF Steve Finley missed his sixth
straight game with a strained right hamstring, but may return to
the lineup Thursday. ... The Royals signed Jose Lima, who won 21
games in 1999 for the Houston Astros, to a minor league contract.
Lima was 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA with Newark in the independent