A promising start to a late-afternoon home opener turned ugly by early evening as the Phillies stumbled to a 13-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Phils — and the sellout crowd — enjoyed a 4-0 lead after three innings, but starter Kyle Kendrick and reliever Jeremy Horst could not protect the lead as the Royals’ bats erupted in the middle innings.
The Phillies had nine hits, but none after the third inning.
The Royals had just two hits entering the fifth inning and finished with 18. All their runs came in the final five innings.
By the seventh inning, the Phillies were hearing boos.
The Phils are 1-3. Kansas City is 2-2.