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Hosmer, Cain boost Royals

March 16, 2012

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— Eric Hosmer delivered a key hit during Kansas City’s rally, and Lorenzo Cain launched a drive that finished Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley.

Dodgers relief pitcher Todd Coffey, however, got the hit that drew the most attention.

Hosmer drove in four runs, and Cain homered Thursday as the Royals topped the Dodgers, 8-5. Hosmer had a two-run single during a four-run comeback in the seventh inning against Mike MacDougal.

Billingsley pitched shutout ball until Cain homered with two outs in the fourth. Coffey relieved at that point and later delivered an RBI single that he said was his first hit in a long time.

“I haven’t got a hit since high school,” said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Coffey, who dropped a single into shallow right in the fourth.

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