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Alex Gordon's pair of three-run Home Runs power 8-6 win

It was the Alex Gordon show Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. With both Kansas City and Baltimore dressed in throwback uniforms to honor the Negro Leagues, Gordon slammed 2 three-run home runs to drive in a career-high 6 RBI’s. The Royals went on to win 8-6 to split the four game series with Baltimore.

The Royals are now 22-21 on the season and remain 7 games behind Detroit in the A.L. Central.

On the Mound

James Shields pitched 7 solid innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs with 3 strikeouts. Shields wasn’t his most dominant, but was good enough to notch his 6th victory against 3 losses this season

Kelvin Herrera pitched a clean inning in the 8th.

Aaron Crow came into to finish up the 9th, but managed only one out before giving up a 3-run home run to Adam Jones (6). The blow ended Crow’s string of 17 innings without giving up an earned run. Crow’s ERA zoomed from 0.00 to 1.56 on the season.

Greg Holland relieved Crow to record the final two outs and earned his 12th save.

At the Plate

Along with his two home runs, Alex Gordon stroked two singles to go a perfect 4-4 on day with 3 runs scored and 6 RBIs.

Billy Butler helped out going 3-4, with a double, two singles, 2 runs scored, and 1RBI.

No other Royal had more than 1 hit, but Norichika Aoki did get on base 3 times by drawing 2 walks along with going 1-2 and two runs scored.

Overall, the Royals had 11 hits, 4 walks, and scored 8 runs powered by Gordon’s timely home runs and Billy Butler’s double.

This and That

The Royals wore replica Kansas City Monarchs uniforms on throwback day, including replica batting helmets rather than their regular helmets with the KC logo. Going to the little extra trouble to use helmets with the “M” logo added to the realism.

Not only did Alex Gordon wear out the Orioles at the plate, he also made a sliding catch in foul territory while smacking the wall.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Alex Gordon’s career day easily earns our nod. It might have been the best game of the year by any Royals player.

The Orioles

Adam Jones was the spoilsport for the weekend. Not only did he break up Danny Duffy’s bid for a perfect game on Saturday, he  also ruined Aaron Crow’s streak of no earned runs on the season.

Up next

The Royals begin a three game set with the White Sox on Monday. KC sends Jason Vargas ( 4-1, 3.00 ERA) to the mound against Chicago starter Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24). Game time is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium.

Box

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str
Nick Markakis RF 4 0 1 2 1 0 .289 .717 15 8
Manny Machado 3B 4 1 3 1 0 0 .239 .571 18 12
Adam Jones CF 5 1 2 3 0 2 .282 .725 17 10
Chris Davis 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .725 13 10
Nelson Cruz DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .874 15 9
Steve Clevenger C 4 0 1 0 0 1 .254 .711 18 12
J.J. Hardy SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 .271 .620 16 11
David Lough LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 .177 .463 12 9
Jonathan Schoop 2B 3 2 1 0 1 0 .221 .622 9 4
Team Totals 36 6 12 6 2 3 .333 .819 133 85
2B: J Hardy (8, off J Shields).
HR: A Jones (6, off A Crow, 9th inn, 2 on, 1 out to Deep CF-RF).

SF: M Machado (1, off J Shields).
SH: D Lough (2, off J Shields).
HBP: C Davis (4, by J Shields).
TB: A Jones 5; J Hardy 4; M Machado 3; D Lough; J Schoop; N Markakis; S Clevenger.
GIDP: J Hardy (5).
RBI: A Jones 3 (25); N Markakis 2 (14); M Machado (2).
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 3 for 10

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str
Nori Aoki RF 2 2 1 0 2 0 .268 .653 24 11
   Jarrod Dyson CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .642 3 3
Alcides Escobar SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 .279 .726 20 14
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 0 0 1 1 .287 .719 17 11
Billy Butler DH 4 2 3 1 0 1 .240 .599 19 11
Alex Gordon LF 4 3 4 6 0 0 .268 .723 14 9
Salvador Perez C 4 0 1 0 0 1 .268 .757 14 9
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 3 0 1 1 1 1 .312 .762 18 11
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .157 .554 17 10
Pedro Ciriaco 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 22 17
Team Totals 35 8 11 8 4 8 .314 .899 168 106
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B: B Butler (7, off T Patton).
HR:A Gordon 2 (3, 1 off U Jimenez, 5th inn, 2 on, 2 outs to Deep RF Line, 1 off T Patton, 7th inn, 2 on, 0 outs to Deep CF-RF).
TB: A Gordon 10; B Butler 4; S Perez; N Aoki; L Cain; A Escobar.
RBI: A Gordon 6 (22); B Butler (16); L Cain (10).
2-out RBI: A Gordon 3; B Butler.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 4 for 9.
Fielding
DP: 1. A Escobar-E Hosmer.
Baserunning

SB: P Ciriaco (2, 2nd base off B Brach/S Clevenger).

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Ubaldo Jimenez, L (2-5) 5 8 5 5 1 7 1 4.50 98 67
Brad Brach 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 10.13 29 15
Troy Patton 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 6.00 21 9
Ryan Webb 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.57 20 15
Team Totals 8 11 8 8 4 8 2 9.00 168 106
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
James Shields, W (6-3) 7 9 3 3 1 3 0 2.67 99 64
Kelvin Herrera 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.33 14 10
Aaron Crow 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 1 1.56 14 6
Greg Holland, S (12) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.16 6 5
Team Totals 9 12 6 6 2 3 1 6.00 133 85
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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: J Shields (6; C Davis).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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