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Meche struggles again, but Royals get 22 hits in 13-6 victory over Diamondbacks

TUCSON, Ariz. | Gil Meche isn’t worried yet but, yes, he’d like to see a few positive results before the Royals leave Arizona. Meche failed to last four innings Saturday when the Royals rallied for a 13-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Tucson Electric Park.

Not that it mattered this time.

Billy Butler highlighted a 22-hit attack with a two-run double and a three-run homer. Tommy Murphy, subbing for Alex Gordon, drove in three runs for the Royals, who improved to 13-7-3.

Gordon was a late scratch because of some tightness behind his right knee. He seems fine — just as Meche feels fine after battling stiffness in his lower back earlier in camp.

But Meche sounded frustrated after allowing three runs and eight hits before exiting with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning.

“I want to see something happen,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of more left, and I hope I see some results. It’s completely different once the season starts, but I’d like to go out there and throw some good innings.

Meche is scheduled for two more starts before pitching the season opener April 6 in Chicago. Take away his two scoreless innings in the “B” game, and Meche’s spring numbers show 12 runs and 21 hits in 10 1/3 innings.

“I’ll throw a great curveball,” he said, “but the next two are up. I’ll dot a fastball, but when I really need to dot a fastball, it’s up in the zone. All that said, I’ve got two starts left, and I’m pretty sure everything will be fine by the time we get out of here.”

The Royals knocked out Arizona ace Brandon Webb in a three-run fifth after scoring twice in the fourth. They put the game away with a four-run eighth inning. Butler’s homer came in a four-run ninth.

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