Gil Meche had only allowed two home run this season before his last two starts. (AP)
By Wayne Staats / MLB.com
Typically stingy with the long ball, Gil Meche allowed two home runs for the second straight start, and the Royals struggled to find their stroke against Pirates righty Virgil Vasquez, who made his first Major League appearance since 2007. Mark Teahen homered in the ninth, but the KC threat was cut short.
BATTING HR: Morgan (2, 3rd inning off Meche, 1 on, 1 out), Jaramillo (3, 4th inning off Meche, 0 on, 1 out), Wilson, Ja (3,
6th inning off Cruz, J, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Sanchez, F; Wilson, Ja 4; LaRoche; Morgan 5; Jaramillo 4. RBI: Morgan 2 (27), Jaramillo (18), Sanchez, F (31), Wilson, Ja (23). 2-out RBI: Wilson, Ja. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson, Ja. SF: Sanchez, F. Team RISP: 1-for-2. Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING SB: McCutchen (4, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo). CS: Morgan (8, 2nd base by Meche/Olivo).
FIELDING E: Capps (1, missed catch). Outfield assists: Moss (Pena, B at 2nd base). DP: (Wilson, Ja-LaRoche-Sanchez, F).