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Royals support James Shields with Two Home Runs in Win over Colorado

The Kansas City Royals opened their 9-game homestand with a sold 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Royals starter James Shields went 7 strong innings, allowing only 5 hits, 0 walks, and 1 earned run with 8 strikeouts. Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez supported him with home runs—which was the 2nd straight game the Royals slammed 2 four-baggers.

The Royals have now won 2 straight games and are even at 19-19 on the season. The Royals are now 5.5 games behind Detroit in the Central.

On the Mound

James Shields ran his record to 5-3 with a 2.54 ERA with his victory on Tuesday. His command was excellent, throwing 75 strikes out of 98 total pitches. He looked like the ace that he is against a Rockies lineup that has the highest team batting average in baseball at .298.

Set up man Wade Davis relieved Shields in the 8th, and pitched a clean inning with 2 strikeouts.

Aaron Crow finished up in the 9th with yet another inning without allowing an earned run. Crow’s ERA remains a perfect 0.00 in 16.0 IP this season.

At the Plate

The patient Royals smacked 8 hits and drew 7 walks while scoring 5 runs Tuesday.

Lorenzo Cain broke a 1-1 tie with his 2-run dinger in the 4th inning. Cain went 1-2, with 2 walks, 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored on the day.

Salvador Perez went 2-4 with a single, his 4th HR of the season in the 5th inning, and 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

Alcides Escobar added yet another solid day at the plate going 2-4, with a single, double, and 2 RBI’s.

This and That

Omar Infante was placed on the 15-day DL before the game, with Pedro Ciriaco recalled from Omaha.

The Rockies came into the game with the highest team batting average in baseball despite playing in the National League—which is very impressive in a league where the pitcher hits. The Rockies have also slammed 57 home runs this season compared to 18 for Kansas City.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

James Shields gets our nod today with his dominating 7 innings against the most prolific hitting lineup in baseball. His 8 strikeouts and 0 walks left the Rockies flailing all day.

The Rockies

Colorado only mounted one threat in the game by accumulating 3 of their 5 hits against Shields in the 4th inning. Justin Morneau drove in Troy Tulowitzki from second with a 1-out single.

Starter Franklin Morales didn’t fool anyone on Tuesday. Along with 8 hits and 4 walks, Morales failed to strike out a single Kansas City batter.

Up Next

The Royals conclude their brief 2-game set against the Rockies by sending Jason Vargas (3-1, 3.04 ERA) to the mound against Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 4.91 ERA). Gametime is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium.

Box

Rockies Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Charlie Blackmon CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .342 .972
Corey Dickerson DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 .350 1.036
Troy Tulowitzki SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 .394 1.253
Carlos Gonzalez LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 .263 .789
Nolan Arenado 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 .315 .851
Justin Morneau 1B 3 0 1 1 0 0 .329 .943
Brandon Barnes RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .329 .814
Jordan Pacheco C 3 0 0 0 0 2 .237 .665
DJ LeMahieu 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .280 .684
Team Totals 31 1 5 1 1 12 .161 .349
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2014.

TB: N Arenado 2; T Tulowitzki; J Morneau; C Gonzalez.
GIDP: J Morneau (3).
RBI: J Morneau (30).
2-out RBI: J Morneau.
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 1 for 4.
Fielding
DP: 2. N Arenado-D LeMahieu-J Morneau; T Tulowitzki-D LeMahieu-J Morneau.

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .272 .654
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .312 .780
Billy Butler DH 2 0 0 0 2 0 .239 .606
Salvador Perez C 4 1 2 1 0 0 .267 .766
Alex Gordon LF 2 0 0 0 2 0 .262 .693
Danny Valencia 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .279 .698
   Pedro Ciriaco PR-2B 0 1 0 0 0 0
Johnny Giavotella 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .222 .639
   Mike Moustakas 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 .147 .536
Lorenzo Cain CF 2 1 1 2 2 0 .318 .779
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 2 2 0 0 .282 .740
Team Totals 29 5 8 5 7 0 .276 .934
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2014.

2B: A Escobar (10, off F Morales).
HR: L Cain (1, off F Morales, 4th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF); S Perez (4, off F Morales, 5th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
TB: S Perez 5; L Cain 4; A Escobar 3; D Valencia; J Giavotella; N Aoki.
GIDP: D Valencia (2); S Perez (8).
RBI: A Escobar 2 (17); L Cain 2 (9); S Perez (12).
2-out RBI: A Escobar.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 1 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 1. D Valencia-E Hosmer.
Baserunning
SB: A Gordon (1, 2nd base off F Morales/J Pacheco).
Pickoffs: A Escobar (1st base by N Masset).

Rockies Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Franklin Morales, L (3-3) 5 8 4 4 4 0 2 5.40 99 55
Tommy Kahnle 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.71 27 15
Nick Masset 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2.25 15 7
Team Totals 8 8 5 5 7 0 2 5.62 141 77
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Generated 5/14/2014.
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
James Shields, W (5-3) 7 5 1 1 0 8 0 2.54 98 75
Wade Davis, H (7) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.08 13 9
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 18 12
Team Totals 9 5 1 1 1 12 0 1.00 129 96
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2014.

Balks: None.
WP: N Masset (1).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: N Masset (1; A Escobar, 1st base).

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