Glendale, Ariz. Kansas City manager Ned Yost isn’t rushing to judgment on the Royals despite liking what he sees so far.
Brett Carroll’s sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run, and Kila Ka’aihue added a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying Kansas City to an 11-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
The Royals overcame a three-run deficit and then blew a two-run lead before improving to 3-1 this spring.
“The trap you fall into in spring training is when somebody has a good day, you get high. When somebody has a bad day, you get low,” Yost said. “You can’t do that. We evaluate the whole spring.”
Ka’aihue homered for the first time this spring, sending a 3-2 pitch from Luis Vasquez to left-center. Joaquin Arias added a two-run shot in the ninth as Kansas City rapped out 13 hits.
“Just another good day,” Yost said. “We’re swinging the bats well. We’re playing great defensive baseball. I’m really encouraged about our base-running.”
Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Maier had RBI singles, giving the Royals a 5-3 lead in the sixth.
The Dodgers tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the inning when Justin Sellers singled in two runs.
Brandon Sisk pitched one shutout inning for his first victory of the spring.
Lorenzo Cain, Melky Cabrera, Arias and Maier each went 2-for-2 for the Royals.
Vasquez allowed four runs and four hits in three innings.
New Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t get a look at left-hander Ted Lilly, scratched from his scheduled spring debut because of flulike symptoms.