A misplayed pickoff attempt late in the game allowed the Dodgers to put the eventual winning run into scoring position as the Royals fell 4-3 in the series opener. The loss squandered a solid start from Cole Ragans, leaving him winless in his last four starts.

The Royals took an early lead in the fourth off Dodgers starter Gavin Stone. Maikel Garcia led off with a single and advanced to second base on a grounder by Bobby Witt Jr., then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. After a walk by Vinnie Pasquantino, Salvador Perez continued his great season by absolutely destroying a hanging breaking ball for a three-run home run, his first in the month of June and his eleventh home run overall.

The Royals got a chance for more in the fifth when they put runners on the corners with two outs. But Bobby Witt Jr. emerged to end the threat.

Cole Ragans looked sharp early against a tough Dodgers lineup, but made a number of mistakes down low in the fifth. With one out, Andy Pages reached on an infield single, then #7 hitter Miguel Rojas homered just inside the foul pole in left field for a two-run home run. Chris Taylor, who was batting .100 entering this game, hit his first home run of the year to tie the game at 3-3.

Ragans gave the Royals another great start, going seven innings with four strikeouts and only one walk, lasting 102 pitches. He was helped by a sensational double play from Bobby Witt Jr. in the seventh on a Pages pop-up.

Will Smith took over in the eighth and gave up an one out single to Mookie Betts. A pick-off attempt was mishandled by Vinnie Pasquantino, allowing Betts to move into second. Freddie Freeman singled him home to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead, just the third run Smith has allowed in his last 17 appearances since April 19.

Salvador Perez left the game in the eighth inning, and after the game the Royals said he was having trouble with his right knee. Nelson Velázquez was able to hit a two-out pinch-hit single to bring in the tying run against Dodgers reliever Alex Vesia. But Nick Loftin flied out to right to end the game.

The Royals fall to 40-31, but can tie the series tomorrow night when Seth Lugo takes on Yoshinobu Yamamoto at 8:10 CT.