Pena hits 1st homers in 3 years to lift D'backs to first placePosted: Updated:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Wily Mo Pena hit his first major league home run in nearly three years, Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night.
Pena, just promoted from Triple-A Reno where he topped the Pacific Coast League with 21 home runs, hit a towering shot to right-center with two out in the fifth to tie the score 1-1. Pena's previous home run was June 24, 2008, while with the Washington Nationals.
Saunders (4-7), who started the season 0-5, picked up his fourth victory in six starts. He held the Royals to six hits and two runs over seven innings.
Luke Hochevar (4-8) picked up the loss and is 1-5 in his past eight starts. Hochevar yielded five runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one in seven innings.
D-Backs promote PCL homer leader Wily Mo Pena
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Pacific Coast League home run leader Wily Mo Pena from Triple-A.
The 29-year-old Pena was put into the starting lineup Tuesday night at Kansas City as the designated hitter. It was his first major league game since 2008.
Pena topped the PCL with 21 homers and a .726 slugging percentage at Reno. He was hitting .363.
The outfielder has a .253 career average with 77 home runs in 560 games in the majors with Cincinnati, Boston and Washington.
The Diamondbacks outrighted infielder Sean Burroughs to Reno. He hit .250 in 23 games for Arizona.