A five-run second inning keyed the Royals’ 7-1 win over the Pirates in Fort Myers.
Kansas City roughed up Pittsburgh starter Jerry Reuss, figuratively and literally. They scored five runs against the lefthander in the second inning, with Frank White’s two-run triple the big hit. Later, George Brett hit a line drive off Reuss’ leg, knocking him out of the game after four innings.
Al Cowens added a single, a triple, and an eighth-inning home run to the offensive fireworks.
On the mound, Royals starter Jim Colborn became the first KC pitcher to work seven innings this spring. He held Pittsburgh to the single run and three hits. That ran his spring training totals to 20 innings pitched, 15 hits, and four earned runs.
The win moved the Royals to 10-8 in the spring.