Getz makes most of starting opportunity

Getz makes most of starting opportunity

Getz makes most of starting opportunity
KANSAS CITY -- In a game dominated by Cleveland's bats, there was an offensive star from the other dugout on Sunday.

Chris Getz isn't an everyday starter for the Royals, splitting time with Yuniesky Betancourt at second base, but that didn't stop him from capitalizing on his start in the Royals' 13-7 loss to the Indians.

In his first home start of the year, Getz loaded up the stat sheet, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a run scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

"I hadn't played in a few days," Getz said after the game. "I felt like we'd been struggling a bit, so I just thought maybe I'd try to put some good at-bats together for myself that would help the team, maybe be a little bit of a spark plug if we needed one. I was fortunate to get some hits to fall in there."

Getz drove in a pair of runs on a single in the second inning, and he led off the bottom the fourth with a triple to right field. He scored on a groundout by first baseman Eric Hosmer.

"It was a 3-2 count, and I'd seen a bunch of pitches," Getz said. "I was banking on him throwing a fastball there ... and I was just able to put a good swing on it and kind of just started running."

Getz made a sparkling defensive play as well, ranging far up the middle to keep Michael Brantley's ground ball from rolling into center field, and then completing a throw to first base, but Brantley was ruled safe on a close play at first.

Brayan Pena also had a big day at the plate in the loss, collecting the first four-hit game of his career.