BALTIMORE -- Though concerned about the potential short-term loss of injured Baltimore Orioles teammate Chris Davis, Adam Jones couldnt help but marvel at the performance of Kansas City Royals rookie Yordano Ventura. Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings and had a career-high eight strikeouts in leading the Royals to a 5-0 victory Friday night. "That kids special, to say the least," said Jones, who went 0 for 3 against the right-hander. "Hes got a 95-100 (mph fastball), and his changeup I think is the pitch that keeps people off his fastball. His curveball was filthy. I dont like to tip my cap, but the guys got some good stuff and he went out there and showed it tonight." Davis left in the fifth inning with a left oblique strain. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Davis looked to be in obvious discomfort as he walked toward the dugout following a third-inning flyout. "Well know more about it (Saturday)," Davis said. "Ive never had an oblique strain or whatever you want to call it, but it doesnt feel so bad right now that I cant move or anything like that. So I think right now well just take it one day at a time." Davis led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs last season. Although he has only two homers this year, Davis reached base in a career-high 20 straight games before going 0 for 2 in this one. He hopes to get back quickly and start another streak. "If we can get ahead of it right now and make it just a bump in the road as opposed to a big obstacle, Ill be better off," said Davis, who could not recall a specific play or swing that caused the injury. "Just discomfort the last few days," he said. The Orioles wont be the same if Davis must go to the 15-day disabled list. "CD is a big, big part of our lineup and part of our plan," Jones said. "Whatever it is, you just want him to take his time and not rush it because it could be longer." Ventura (2-1) walked two and hit a batter in his seventh major league start. The 22-year-old, who had never before gone longer than seven innings, stymied a club that totalled 21 runs in its previous two games. "I think thats as good as Ive seen him," manager Ned Yost said. "He had everything going tonight. I mean good fastball, his curveball -- that was probably the most consistent curveball hes had all year -- and a great changeup. He kept his pitch count down and really never got into much trouble. He just pitched a great game." Baltimore got only one runner past second base against the hard-throwing Ventura, a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic. Royals pitcher Bruce Chen, serving as a translator for Ventura, said, "He felt like it went really well, but he wants to thank the team for supporting him, playing good defence and scoring a lot of runs. He thought we did a really good job of calling the game." Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to finish off the Royals second shutout of the season. Kansas City is 11-0 when scoring at least four runs and 0-11 when scoring three runs or less. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-4) allowed four runs and six hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander has lost four of his five starts with the Orioles, who signed him to a $50 million, four-year contract in February. After the start of the game was delayed 55 minutes by rain, the Royals wasted no time in taking a 2-0 lead. Jimenez walked Omar Infante and gave up a single to Eric Hosmer before yielding RBI singles to Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. "In the first inning, I couldnt find the strike zone," Jimenez said. "After that, I was able to throw the fastball and breaking ball for strikes." Alcides Escobar reached third with no outs in Kansas City second, but was stranded. The Orioles got two singles in both the second and fourth innings before Ventura worked out of trouble. The Royals chased Jimenez during a two-run seventh. Escobar walked and Jarrod Dyson reached on a bunt before Nori Aoki delivered an RBI single past the drawn-in infield and Infante singled in a run on reliever T.J. McFarlands first pitch. Butler made it 5-0 in the ninth with a two-out RBI double. NOTES: Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) began his rehabilitation assignment with Class A Frederick. Because of a wet field, he served as DH instead of playing the field. He had two doubles and a triple in four at-bats. ... Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals on Saturday night in the second game of the series. Wei-Yin Chen will pitch for Baltimore. ... Hosmer singled and walked twice against Jimenez and is 9 for 23 (.391) lifetime against him. ... Nick Markakis had two hits for Baltimore, his team-high ninth multihit game. ... After the game, the Orioles optioned McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk. Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap . 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Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping .com) - The Boston Bruins announced Monday that the team has signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year contract. SANDY, Utah -- Optimism was in short supply in the Montreal locker-room after the Impact found a new way to lose on the road on Thursday night. This time, it was a second-half red card that did them in. Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia scored two second-half goals -- both coming after Issey Nakajima-Farran was sent off in the 65th minute -- to lead Salt Lake to a 3-1 victory over the Impact and hand Montreal its fourth straight loss. The Impact (3-11-5) still have not won a MLS road match this season. "Im worried about the team," said Impact coach Frank Klopas. "Thats it because it just seems like whatever can go wrong has gone wrong for us. We just got to find a way to get out, keep working and try to get a result. Maybe well snap out of it." Montreal has not won a game away from home since defeating New England 4-2 on Sept. 8, 2013. Salt Lake (8-4-8) won for just the second time in its last nine MLS matches. Nakajima-Farran earned a red card for bringing his studs up on a challenge against Chris Schuler. The call left Montreal a man down after it had rallied from a 1-0 deficit late in the first half. "We had a decent hold on keeping the fort held down for a while and then the red card changed the game," Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush said. Montreal dug a hole for itself before the match was even a few minutes old when the Impact failed to clear out a deflected corner kick. Luke Mullholland made them pay for the mistake. When Schuler headed the ball upward to keep it alive, Mullholland slipped under it before it could touch the ground. From there, he blasted a shot inside the left post to give Salt Lake a 1-0 lead in the third minute. Hassoun Camara tied the game in the 31st minute.dddddddddddd Calum Mallace laid the ball off to Camara at the top of the box, and he blasted it home inside the left post. Montreal kept the game tied 1-1 after a great defensive play from Bush and Krzysztof Krol. Javier Morales attacked at the right post after receiving a cross from Chris Wingert but Bush denied him on the doorstep. Garcia, trying to collect the rebound and slip it past the line, was also stopped by Bush. Krol quickly cleared the ball out to prevent Salt Lake from getting a third shot. "We knew that Salt Lake was going to push their outside backs forward and in transition we were going to get opportunities," Bush said. "If we could just stay tight defensively, we thought we could get a couple on the break. Unfortunately, the red card killed our numbers going forward." Salt Lake wasted no time making the suddenly shorthanded Impact pay. RSL reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on a header from Garcia. Morales crossed the ball to Garcia at the top of the six. He out-jumped multiple Montreal players surrounding him to get his head under the ball and whip it inside the far post. Garcia picked up his second goal in the 93rd minute when Morales flicked the ball to him at the top of the box and he raced down the right side before firing it inside the far post again. Klopas says the red card altered the match just as Montreal was building momentum. "It changed everything," Klopas said. "I dont know what else could go wrong. It just seems everything goes wrong with us. We have a chance on the breakaway. Both players go down. Both players have studs up and we get the red card." The Impact host the Portland Timbers on Sunday. ' ' '