Witt HR in late rally after Gallen exits, Royals beat Dbacks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr. homered during a five-run rally in the seventh inning, leading Brady Singer and the Kansas City Royals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Wednesday night.

Arizona starter Zac Gallen extended his shutout streak to 27 1/3 innings, leaving after the sixth with a 1-0 lead. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out six.

The Royals broke loose in the seventh against the Arizona bullpen. Kansas City finished with seven hits, snapping an eight-game streak of six hits or less.

Christian Walker hit his career-high 30th homer for Arizona, which has dropped four of five.

Singer (7-4) allowed only four hits, including a fifth-inning solo homer to Daulton Varsho, in seven innings. He is 4-1 over his past 10 starts, posting a 2.14 ERA in that span.

Gallen had his fifth scoreless outing in the past seven starts, with an 0.80 ERA in that time.

Kansas City tagged relievers Noe Ramirez (4-4) and Joe Mantiply for five runs in the seventh.

After Nicky Lopez made it 1-all with a suicide squeeze bunt, MJ Melendez hit a go-ahead single. Witt hit his team-leading 18th homer, a three-run drive to deep left-center field.

Witt has extra base hits in five of his last six games. He ranks first or second among major league rookies in extra-base hits (45), homers, doubles (21), triples (6), RBI (64), runs (63), and steals (24).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals RHP Josh Staumont (right biceps tendinitis) and RHP Zack Greinke (right forearm tightness) were placed on the 15-day injured list. RHP Collin Snider and LHP Anthony Misiewicz were recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Tommy Henry (2-2, 3.57 ERA) starts Friday against White Sox RHP Johnny Cueto (6-5, 2.58) in Chicago.

Royals: LHP Kris Bubic (2-8, 5.29) host the San Diego Padres, who have not announced a starter.

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