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Sloppy early, sloppy late, Royals win 3-2 anyway

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It wasn't pretty, but it worked out okay.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

A game that started out rather horrendously for the Royals defense was bailed out late by My Role Darkness as the Kansas City Royals edged the former Kansas City Athletics 3-2 on Saturday.

Chris Young turned in another strong performance, going six innings and yielding just four hits and one earned run, but a second run came around to score on an error, the second of which the Royals piled up in the early innings of the contest. Young finished with four strikeouts and one walk.

Scott Kazmir was working on a strong game until the sixth, when the Royals touched him for two runs. Lorenzo Cain walked with one out, followed by an Eric Hosmer single. Cain and Hosmer then successfully pulled off the double steal, each moving up a base. It turned out to be the key to the game, as Kendrys Morales singled to plate both runs and take the lead.

Ryan Madson pitched the seventh, and Wade Davis made the eighth rather interesting, walking the first two batters he faced. He then went to a 3-0 count against Stephen Vogt, who proceeded to strike out. Davis then induced a double play to get out of the inning.

Greg Holland pitched the ninth and struck out two, including Ike Davis to end the game.

The Royals conclude their series against Oakland tomorrow, as Jeremy Guthrie will face off against former Royal Jesse Chavez, who has turned into some kind of good pitcher in his time in Oakland.