Arizona (30-33) at Kansas City (30-30)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 10, 2003
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Kyle Snyder looks to build on his first major league victory as the Kansas City Royals open a three-game interleague series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium.

Snyder lost three straight decisions before earning his first big league win with a 2-1 triumph in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 25-year-old right-hander, making his seventh career start, allowed an earned run and three hits over six innings without issuing a walk. He left after throwing 78 pitches due to a stiff back, but was happy to get win No. 1.

“I’ve worked my whole life for this,” said Snyder. “To get the first one out of the way feels incredible.”

Kansas City slipped back to .500 with Sunday’s 8-7 loss in Colorado on Sunday. The Royals blew a 6-4 fifth-inning lead after sweeping a doubleheader in convincing fashion on Saturday.

Michael Tucker had a three-run homer and Aaron Guiel added a solo shot for the Royals, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games to fall 4 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

“It was tough to have the lead and not be able to keep it,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “Our bullpen was used up the last couple of days. Today we were short. I’m just glad to get out of this ballpark with two wins.”

The Diamondbacks have won two straight interleague series, and are coming off Sunday’s 13-3 victory over visiting Cleveland.

Rookie Robby Hammock had two triples, a double and a single, driving in three runs for Arizona, which has won four of six.

Hammock, a utility player who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson Friday to fill the roster spot of injured David Dellucci, finished 4-for-5. He is batting .417 (5-for-12) with six RBIs, two doubles and two triples in his last three games.

Arizona took two of three at Kansas City in the teams’ lone previous meeting from June 8-10, 2001.

STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 4th place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West. Royals - 2nd place, 4 1/2 GB, AL Central.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Elmer Dessens (4-4, 5.25 ERA). Dessens hasn’t won since May 25 against San Diego. The Mexican right-hander has not received a decision in either of his last two starts despite pitching to a 2.45 ERA. Arizona lost both games, including Thursday’s 3-2 setback to the Chicago White Sox when Dessens gave up two earned runs and five hits over six solid innings. This is Dessen’s first appearance against the Royals.

ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Snyder (1-3, 3.77 ERA). Snyder hasn’t surrendered a homer in his last three starts, spanning 18 2-3 innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .307 avg., 12 HRs, 40 RBIs and 36 runs; Craig Counsell and Tony Womack, 5 SBs. Royals - Sweeney, .317 avg. and 38 RBIs; Carlos Beltran, 11 HRs and 12 SBs; Sweeney and Raul Ibanez, 34 runs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 4-2; Royals - 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - RF Hammock became the second player in franchise history to triple twice in the same game Sunday. INF Tony Womack accomplished the feat twice, most recently on June 21, 2000. … OF Steve Finley missed his third straight game Sunday with a slight hamstring pull. … 3B Shea Hillenbrand left Sunday’s game after the second inning because of pain on his left side. He was diagnosed with a slight pull of his left oblique and was listed as day-to-day. … After scoring 10 or more runs twice in their first 55 games, the Diamondbacks have reached double figures twice in their last eight. Royals - Before Sunday’s game, the Royals recalled LHP Les Walrond from Triple-A Omaha and optioned right-hander Brad Voyles to Omaha. Walrond made his major league debut Sunday, giving up an earned run and two hits over two innings. … 2B Desi Relaford extended his hitting streak to 11 games Sunday, matching the team’s season best. He is hitting .341 during the streak. … The Royals were outscored 25-12 in their only previous series against the Diamondbacks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 12-15 on the road; Royals - 14-12 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - LHP Randy Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Curt Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Gregg Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL; OF David Dellucci (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Oscar Villarreal (shin), day-to-day. Royals - 2B Carlos Febles (finger), 15-day DL; DH Dee Brown (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Albie Lopez (groin), 15-day DL.

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E. Dessens NYM vs. K. Snyder NYM
8-8 Record 1-6
5.07 ERA 5.17
113 K 39
57 BB 21
1.53 WHIP 1.35