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Guthrie solid, relievers strong in Royals' win vs. Tribe

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie logged four solid innings and Adam Moore collected three hits, helping pave the way for a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

Guthrie surpassed 75 pitches for the first time this spring and allowed two runs on five hits, adding two strikeouts and two walks in the effort. Guthrie surrendered a solo home run to Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning and later gave up a run-scoring double to catcher Omir Santos in the fourth.

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"I executed quite a few pitches," Guthrie said. "A couple of guys took good swings. Changeup for Chisenhall, 1-1 and he does a nice job and hits a homer. [Jason] Giambi took a good swing on the inside fastball, 0-2. If we wipe away a couple of pitches and execute a little better or change pitches, it could've been a little better. Overall I executed better today than last time and that's the goal each time."

Kansas City also fared well against Cleveland right-hander Zach McAllister, who was recently named the fourth starter on the staff. McAllister labored with his command, yielding three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings for the Tribe. The big righty struck out two, hit two batters and walked one. He was originally scheduled to log five innings.

In the second inning, Royals catcher Salvador Perez led off with a double and later scored on a base hit by Moore. Kansas City tacked on two more runs against McAllister in the fourth inning, when Johnny Giavotella plated both Lorenzo Cain and Moore with a double down the right-field line.

The Indians insist that the race for the fifth spot in their rotation remains wide open with less than three weeks left until Opening Day. That means that pitching prospect Trevor Bauer is still very much in the mix.

Bauer worked the final four innings in the loss to the Royals, giving up two runs in his time on the mound. Bauer -- acquired from the D-backs in a three-team, nine player trade in December -- has shown promise this spring, according to Tribe manager Terry Francona.

"He's been pretty good," Francona said. "I think we all understand that come Opening Day -- wherever he is -- it's still not the finished product. He just turned 22 and there's a pretty bright future. There's a lot to like."

Against the Royals, Bauer allowed two runs on five hits and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. In the eighth inning, he gave up three consecutive doubles, including one each to Moore and Chris Getz that scored a run for the Royals.

Up next for Royals: Luke Hochevar will make his first appearance as a designated member of the bullpen when the Royals meet the Padres at 3:05 p.m. CT on Friday at Surprise Stadium. It's the first half of a split-squad, day-night doubleheader. Will Smith, who is starting, is one of four pitchers still in the running for the No. 5 rotation spot now that Hochevar has been shifted. The second contest is on the road against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale at 9:05 p.m. CT. Yordano Ventura, also in the No. 5 picture, will start, with bullpen contenders Everett Teaford and Donnie Joseph on the list to work in relief.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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