The Royals have hit more spring training home runs than any other team this spring and they continued that trend against the Cubs.  Alex Gordon went deep twice and Mark Teahen hit his 6 th homer, but they tied Chicago 8-8.

Billy Butler’s RBI single, following singles by David DeJesus and Willie Bloomquist, snapped a 5-5 tie in the eighth. Gordon then hit a high fly to center that was dropped by center fielder Kosuke Fukudome allowing two runs to score on an error. 

However, closer Joakim Soria came in with a chance to save the game, but blew the 8-5 lead in the ninth by giving up three runs on four hits and a walk.  Royals and Cubs tie at 8. 

Kyle Davies, who is expected to start the season’s third game at Chicago, had his longest outing of the spring, 5 2/3 innings. He was charged with four runs on eight hits.

Listen to manager Trey Hillman as he talks about Gordon’s timing and the pitching of Davies and Soria.

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