Pena Hits 1st Homer in 3 Years to Lift D'backs Over Royals

9 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, June 21 2011 Jun 21, 2011 Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:04:13 PM CDT June 21, 2011 in Baseball
Source: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Wily Mo Pena hit his first major league home run in nearly three years, Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night.

Pena, just promoted from Triple-A Reno where he topped the
Pacific Coast League with 21 home runs, hit a towering shot to right-center with two out in the fifth to tie the score 1-1. Pena's previous home run was June 24, 2008, while with the Washington Nationals.

Saunders (4-7), who started the season 0-5, picked up his fourth victory in six starts. He held the Royals to six hits and two runs over seven innings.

Luke Hochevar (4-8) picked up the loss and is 1-5 in his past eight starts. Hochevar yielded five runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one in seven innings.

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