Utley notches 1000th RBI in Dodgers' 4-1 win over Royals

Utley notches 1000th RBI in Dodgers' 4-1 win over Royals

The Dodgers scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th and added single runs in the 6th and 8th innings.

Merrifield, Perez, Jorge Bonifacio, Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar all had two hits for the Royals.

Yasiel Puig homered, Chase Utley notched his 1,000th career RBI, and the NL West-leading Dodgers beat the Royals 4-1 on Friday night in the opener of Kansas City's first interleague visit to Los Angeles since 2003.

According to MLB's official Twitter account, the Dodgers are just the fourth team in the wild-card era to win 60 games prior to the All-Star break. Puig is 4-for-24 against Kennedy, who is 5-9 with a 4.31 ERA in 20 career starts against the Dodgers, including 0-7 since his last win on September 11, 2012 with Arizona.

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Turner and Kershaw will be two of the six Dodgers at the All-Star Game in Miami this week.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. Left hander Clayton Kershaw takes the hill versus the visiting Kansas City Royals who he faced once in 2014.

Her efforts to rally the troops must have worked, as the Dodgers went on to win the game in extra innings.

Austin Barnes padded the lead with a solo homer in the sixth.