Moose, Royals bust loose to outslug Giants

Moose, Royals bust loose to outslug Giants

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez combined for nine RBIs as the Royals overcame a rough start from right-hander Yordano Ventura to defeat the Giants, 16-10, on Tuesday night at Surprise Stadium.

Ventura got knocked around for 11 hits and 10 runs over four innings facing a lineup of mostly Minor Leaguers. Ventura, the Royals' No. 3 starter, walked none and struck out four. He is scheduled to make one more spring start on Saturday.

Ventura, who had been battling the flu, said he felt ready for the regular season.

"The thing that came out of this is that I feel healthy and I was able to get through four innings," he said through an interpreter.

Right fielder Austin Slater, the Giants' No. 21 prospect, according to, had a three-run homer. Designated hitter Ricky Oropesa had a solo shot and a bases-clearing double.

Slater's three-run blast

The Giants' No. 1 prospect, shortstop Christian Arroyo, slugged a two-run shot.

The Royals put up eight runs in the third inning to take a 9-8 lead, fueled by Moustakas' three-run homer. Moustakas also had a two-run double in the fifth.

In the fourth, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales hit a towering blast to right-center that cleared the stadium.

Morales' solo shot

The Giants' No. 12 prospect, right-hander Clayton Blackburn, went 2 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and six runs. He walked four and struck out two.

Royals up next: The Royals play the Rangers for the final time this spring in a 2:05 p.m. CT start at Surprise Stadium. Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who will start Game 2 of the regular season against the Mets, makes his final Cactus League start, followed by Wade Davis, Joakim Soria, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar and Dillon Gee. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio.

Giants up next: The Giants and Sacramento River Cats will play an exhibition game against each other Wednesday in Sacramento at 6:05 p.m. PT. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to pitch for the Giants. The game can be heard via an exclusive webcast.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.