Gordon Homer Powers Royals Past Twins 7-2

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2. 7. 7. Final. 2

Alex Gordon and Edinson Volquez led the way, as the Royals completed a three-game sweep over the red-hot Twins 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The Royals jumped on Twins starter Kyle Gibson early, with three of the first four Royals reaching, with Eric Hosmer capping the stretch off with an RBI single to right, scoring Alcides Escobar.

Gordon then blew the inning open, taking a Gibson 3-2 changeup over the wall in right-field to make it a 4-0 game.

Gordon had come into Wednesday night’s action with just three hits in his last six at-bats, including just one extra-base hit during that stretch, before the three-run blast.

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The Twins got on the board in the 3rd as Aaron Hicks and Jorge Polanco began the inning with back to back singles, eventually scoring on Trevor Plouffe’s two-out single.

The Polanco single was the first of his career

The Royals got that run back in the 5th, with Escobar scoring on a series of errors by shortstop Polanco and right-fielder Torii Hunter.

They then added two more insurance runs in the 7th, behind yet another Mike Moustakas opposite field hit, this time a single, and a Lorenzo Cain force out, making it a 7-1 game.

Manager Ned Yost said before the game that both Wade Davis and Greg Holland would likely be unavailable after both pitching on three consecutive days.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez responded by giving the Royals seven innings of one-run ball, while striking out six in the process.

The Twins added a run in the 8th, on a Trevor Plouffe home run off of Luke Hochever.

Although he struck out two, Hochevar labored through his inning and saw his ERA bloat to 5.63.

Jason Frasor shut the door in the ninth, to give the Royals their first sweep since a two-game sweep of the Reds back in mid May.

Notables:

  • Mike Moustakas 2015 opposite field hitter tracker is up to 18, after his RBI single in the first inning.
  • Royals starter Edinson Volquez went at least six innings for the 7th time in his 12 starts.
  • The Royals tagged Twins starter Kyle Gibson for four earned runs in his six innings of work. In his other five career starts against the Royals, he held Kansas City to seven combined runs in 31 innings.

Next: Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, June 12, 7:15 p.m., at Busch Stadium; RHP Yordano Ventura (3-5, 4.62 ERA) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (1-3, 2.67 ERA)

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