Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout all homered off Jeremy Guthrie in a 6-2 Royals loss on Tuesday night. Guthrie (5-1) yielded five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. He held the franchise record for consecutive starts (18) without a loss while winning his previous 10 decisions. His last loss came on Aug. 3 in a 5-3 loss to Texas.
“The streak was because of 25 guys that played well behind me every time I was on the mound, and they really picked me up. That’s how a streak like that happens,” Guthrie said. “Tonight they tried to battle for me, and I couldn’t get any momentum on our side. It was one of those nights where I didn’t have a good feel and wasn’t able to execute pitches.”
For the most part the Royals bats were quiet against Jason Vargas of L.A. Vargas allowed five hits in seven-plus innings and struck out seven. The runs he gave up came against Billy Butler, who had an RBI double in the fourth and a homer in the sixth.