Royals’ manager Buddy Bell was ejected in the first inning of last night’s game with the Giants, but his team carried on and beat San Francisco 4-1. It was only the second time this season that the Royals have one consecutive road games.
Bell was given the heave-ho after arguing a checked swing by Moises Alou. Bob Schaefer, who served as the interim manager after Tony Pena resigned was thrust back into the skipper’s role.
The Royals took a first inning lead when Matt Diaz drove in Angel Berroa with a double. Tony Graffanino later scored on a wild pitch to give Kansas City a 2-0 advantage. Graffanino made it 3-0 with a single that scored Berroa for the second time.
Kansas City starter Runelvys Hernandez had just one slip-up of consequence on Wednesday when he allowed a solo home run to Ray Durham in the bottom of the fourth. That proved to be the Giants’ only run. Diaz drove in Graffanino with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Hernandez lasted six innings and gave up just four hits and improved to 3-7. Reliever Jeremy Affeldt allowed two hits in the eighth inning, but worked out of the jam. Mike MacDougal was perfect in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save.