Jun 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) connects for a home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Bomb Indians with Three Home Runs

The Kansas City Royals slugged three home runs against the Cleveland Indians on their way to a 9-5 victory at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night.

The Royals scored 4 in the 3rd inning (3 unearned) when Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera dropped a throw at second base while trying to turn a double play on Jarrod Dyson‘s grounder. That left the bases loaded with no outs. Omar Infante and Billy Butler followed with run-scoring singles, and Eric Hosmer added an RBI groundout.

The Royals then added 3 home runs: a 2-run bomb my Eric Hosmer in the 5th, a solo shot by Alex Gordon in the 8th, and a 2-run blast by Mike Moustakas that hit the foul pole also in the 8th.

The win pulls the Royals back to .500 for the first time since May 24. Kansas City is now 32-32 on the season, and closes to 3 games behind idle Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Jason Vargas pitched yet another solid game for the Royals, going 7.2 innings while giving up 6 hits, 0 walks, 3 runs with 5 strikeouts. It was Vargas’ 11th quality start out of 14 games this season, and his 6th win (6-2).

Tim Collins pitched to one batter in the 8th and gave up a run-scoring single that was charged to Jason Vargas.

Aaron Crow finished off the 8th inning and pitched the 9th. Crow earned his first save despite allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in the 9th inning.

At the Plate

The Royals mashed Cleveland pitching for 11 hits, 4 walks, and 3 home runs.

Eric Hosmer had the biggest day, going 2-5 with a single, a 2-run home run (3), 1 run scored, and 3 RBI’s. With two home runs within his last 3 games, there’s hope that Hosmer might have found his power stroke.

Billy Butler continued his recent surge with a 2-4 day, with 2 singles and 2 RBI’s.

Alex Gordon‘s solo shot in the 8th was his 7th home run of the season. Gordon continues his solid hitting with a 1-4 day with the home run.

Mike Moustakas slammed his 5th home run off the right field foul pole in the 8th to finish off Kansas City’s scoring with a 2-run shot. Moose went 1-3, with the home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBi’s on the day.

This and That

The Royals again helped out Jason Vargas with some outstanding defense. Lorenzo Cain made a sliding attempt to cat pop fly toward right in the 3rd inning. Though he missed making the catch, he was able to short-hop the ball and throw out the lead runner at 2nd base, who had to hold up in case Cain made the catch. Cain followed that assist with a fine running catch on a hard hit ball toward the gap.

Omar Infante speared a hard grounder up the middle in the 4th, while Jason Vargas helped himself out by making a nice fielding play to start a double play in the 6th.

However, Lorenzo Cain lost Jason Kipnis‘ fly ball to right that ended up falling for a double and driving in Cleveland’s first two runs.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Our nod goes to Eric Hosmer for his 3 RBI’s and his 3rd home run of the season. Let’s hope Hosmer is getting back his power stroke and can finally put some thump into the middle of the KC batting order.

The Indians

Cleveland 3B Lonnie Chisenhall followed up his historic 5-5 game with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s against the Rangers on Monday with a 2-4 performance on Tuesday night. The scalding hot Chisenhall is batting .388/.431/.618 on the season

Up Next

The Royals and Indians finish their  2-game series Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City sends Yordano Ventura (3-5, 3.41 ERA) to the mound against former top-prospect Trevor Bauer (1-2, 4.08 ERA) for the Indians. Game time is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Box

Indians Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Michael Bourn CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 .279 .716
Asdrubal Cabrera SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 .255 .724
Michael Brantley LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 .307 .877
Jason Kipnis 2B 4 1 1 2 0 1 .250 .714
Carlos Santana 1B 4 0 2 1 0 1 .176 .661
Yan Gomes C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .267 .743
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .388 1.049
Ryan Raburn DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 .210 .536
David Murphy RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 .290 .792
Team Totals 35 5 10 5 0 6 .286 .733

2B: M Brantley (15, off J Vargas); L Chisenhall (17, off J Vargas); J Kipnis (7, off J Vargas); D Murphy (15, off A Crow).
SF: A Cabrera (2, off A Crow).
HBP: D Murphy (1, by J Vargas); M Brantley 2 (5, 2 by J Vargas).
TB: L Chisenhall 3; C Santana 2; J Kipnis 2; D Murphy 2; M Brantley 2; A Cabrera; M Bourn; R Raburn.
GIDP: J Kipnis (3).
RBI: J Kipnis 2 (19); D Murphy (37); A Cabrera (23); C Santana (21).
2-out RBI: J Kipnis 2; C Santana.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 3 for 7.
Fielding
DP: 1. A Cabrera-J Kipnis-C Santana.
E: A Cabrera (11).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jarrod Dyson CF 4 1 2 0 1 1 .284 .664
Omar Infante 2B 4 2 1 1 1 0 .230 .611
Eric Hosmer 1B 5 1 2 3 0 0 .259 .666
Billy Butler DH 4 0 2 2 0 1 .253 .622
Alex Gordon LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 .288 .829
Salvador Perez C 4 1 1 0 0 1 .270 .743
Lorenzo Cain RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .790
Mike Moustakas 3B 3 2 1 2 1 0 .155 .545
Alcides Escobar SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 .278 .709
Team Totals 35 9 11 9 4 5 .314 .956

HR: E Hosmer (3, off C Kluber, 5th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep CF-RF); A Gordon (7, off N Hagadone, 8th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); M Moustakas (5, off J Outman, 8th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep RF Line).
TB: E Hosmer 5; A Gordon 4; M Moustakas 4; J Dyson 2; B Butler 2; S Perez; O Infante; A Escobar.
GIDP: O Infante (2).
RBI: E Hosmer 3 (29); B Butler 2 (23); M Moustakas 2 (22); A Gordon (35); O Infante (24).
2-out RBI: E Hosmer 2; B Butler 2.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 1. J Vargas-A Escobar-E Hosmer.
Outfield Assists: L Cain (M Bourn at 2nd base).

Indians Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Corey Kluber, L (6-4) 5 6 6 3 2 5 1 3.35 78 51
Carlos Carrasco 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.87 14 11
Nick Hagadone 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 3.86 20 13
Scott Atchison 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.14 7 4
Josh Outman 0.2 1 1 1 2 0 1 3.00 21 9
Team Totals 8 11 9 6 4 5 3 6.75 140 88
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Jason Vargas, W (6-2) 7.2 6 3 3 0 5 0 3.30 116 78
Tim Collins 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.70 1 1
Aaron Crow, S (1) 1.1 3 2 2 0 1 0 3.10 23 18
Team Totals 9 10 5 5 0 6 0 5.00 140 97

Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: J Vargas 3 (5; D Murphy, M Brantley, M Brantley).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Tags: Alex Gordon Eric Hosmer Jason Vargas Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas

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