A run would score on the play as Meche beat out a throw down to first, but the bigger damage
came two pitches later, when Royals leadoff man David DeJesus stroked a 409-foot grand slam into
the swimming pool over the right-center-field wall, making the score 6-0, effectively putting
the game out of reach for the Diamondbacks.
"The Meche ball, if he gets that one, we're looking at potentially a different outcome," D-backs
manager Bob Melvin said, adding that it was tough to tell whether it was a playable ball. "I
think it was probably his athleticism that got a glove on it. I think the ball was hit hard
enough where it was probably going to center field. I don't think [Hudson] has a play on that
Owings (6-5) said he went back and looked at the replay of the play at the mound and said he
thought he still could have made the play.
"It tipped right off the very top [of my glove]," Owings said. "It was just slow enough for
[Hudson] not to get there."
Meche added: "It was a high one-hopper and he just barely tipped it and I saw it was going to be
a tough play, so I took off. If I don't get on base, that [the grand slam] doesn't happen so
it's a different game."
For the second consecutive outing, a D-backs starter allowed seven earned runs to the Royals,
after left-hander Doug Davis opened the series throwing seven scoreless innings. For Owings, it
was his fourth consecutive poor outing. He's allowed 21 earned runs in his last 19 innings for
an ERA of 9.94, raising his season ERA to 5.18.
"For the most part, I'm kind of scratching my head," Owings said. "My stuff felt better today
than it has in a while. My pitches could have been better. I take full responsibility today for
the loss. It's one of those things. I'm going to keep working.
"If I make a couple different pitches, it's a different story."
It didn't help the D-backs that Meche (4-8) brought a full repertoire of pitches en route to a
season-high 10 strikeouts. Meche allowed three runs and only four hits in 7 1/3 innings.
D-backs center fielder Chris Young, who went 0-for-3 off Meche, was impressed by the Royals
starter, claiming he's better than his 4-8 record would indicate.
"He was good today," Young said. "I had never faced him before, so I don't know what he's done
in the past or anything like that, but he had his pitches working today. He had the cutter
working. He was hitting his spots and he controlled the game. You have to tip your cap to him."
In the five-run fifth inning, the Royals batted around. DeJesus matched his career high with
five RBIs. The grand slam was the first of his career.
The Royals scored 20 runs in the final two games of the series and had 31 hits. The D-backs'
bats quieted down as they had only five hits, two by Conor Jackson, who started at first base
after two starts in left field.
Leo Rosales, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson for a fresh arm in the bullpen, made his
Major League debut and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Perhaps a silver lining of the weekend was that the second-place Dodgers were swept by the
Tigers and have now lost five in a row. The D-backs remained 5 1/2 games in front.
"The last two games all around, we weren't very good," Melvin said. "Our pitching wasn't very
good and we didn't swing the bats well. That's usually not a good recipe to win."