Kansas City Royals starter Brian Bannister and the bullpen allowed six walks and Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook won for the first time in over a year as the Royals lost for the sixth time in row, 8-2 at Kauffman Stadium.
Russell Brayan who hit 31 homers with Seattle last season, hit his first two with Cleveland, his first coming off Bannister in the second inning after a walk to Austin Kearns. Brayan added his second in the ninth of Joakim Soria who needed a bit of work in this six game slide.
Billy Butler picked up an RBI with a single in the third to cut the lead to 2-1, but then things got away from Bannister in the fourth, opening with another walk to Travis Hafner. Kearns singled and Jhonny Peralta drove them home with a double.
The Royals, never figured out Jake Westbrook and never got back in the game. Westbrook went six innings and got his first victory since April 8, 2008. He missed all of last season because of elbow surgery.
Frustration boiled over for manager Trey Hillman who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a stolen base at third base with the score 4-1. (video)
Hillman talks about his ejection and the walks his staff continues to hand out like candy on Halloween and Bannister talks about why he struggles after an early home run.