Giants stomp Royals 7-1 in World Series Game 1 rout


The 2014 Royals have finally dropped a postseason game. And it was an ugly one for the home team.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw seven innings of one-run ball and the San Francisco offense rattled off 10 hits — including three from Pablo Sandoval and a double and homer from Hunter Pence — as part of a 7-1 rout of the host Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The Royals generated only three hits against Bumgarner, who was working on a streak of 32 2/3 scoreless postseason innings until Salvador Perez slugged a solo homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh to finally put KC on the board. It’s the first run that Bumgarner has allowed in three World Series starts, and his career line in the Fall Classic now looks like this …

Royals Game 1 starter James Shields had to be lifted in the top of the fourth inning. He was charged with five earned runs on seven hits and a walk, and he’s now sporting a 7.11 ERA in 19 frames this postseason.

The Royals will try to even up the series in Game 2 on Wednesday before the action shifts to San Francisco’s AT&T Park. It’ll be Royals youngster Yordano Ventura against veteran Jake Peavy of the Giants.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.