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Royals sting Garza, rally past Cubs, 5-4

March 5, 2011

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— Matt Garza was bruised, though certainly not battered.

Garza gave up one single in two scoreless innings Friday, then pulled from the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals after he was hit by a liner off the bat of Jeff Francoeur.

The ball ricocheted off Garza to shortstop Starlin Castro, who threw out Francoeur at first base. Cubs manager Mike Quade, and the trainer rushed to the mound, but Garza shook off the pain and finished the inning by retiring two more hitters.

“Everything’s fine,” said Garza, who had a baseball-size welt on his back. “It’s just one of those things. I would rather take it now than later. At least I know my body can take it.”

Max Ramirez came in to hit for Garza, who threw 20 strikes in 26 pitches.

The Cubs jumped to a 4-0 lead with Tyler Colvin going 3-for-3, including a home run in the first off Bruce Chen and an RBI double in the fifth off Patrick Keating.

Royals rookie Eric Hosmer tied it in the sixth with a grand slam off left-hander John Gaub, who walked Alcides Escobar, Mitch Maier and Mike Moustakas to load the bases.

“Hosmer had a phenomenal at-bat,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He was fouling off pitches until he could get something he could drive and he didn’t miss it. He waited back on a 3-2 breaking ball and just smoked it.”

Maier singled home Joaquin Arias, who led off the seventh with a single, for the go-ahead run. Maier is 8-for-8 with two walks in his past 10 plate-appearances.

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