American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Kansas City|
(Sunday, May 18th)
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Baltimore 6
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Gordon finished 4-for-4 with a
career-best six RBI thanks to a pair of three-run homers to fuel Kansas City's
8-6 victory over Baltimore in Sunday's finale of a four-game set.
Gordon joined elite company along with Willie Wilson, George Brett, U.L.
Washington and Kevin Seitzer as the only players in Royals history with at
least two homers, six RBI, four hits and three runs scored in one contest.
"It gave me goosebumps," Gordon said of his curtain call in the eighth inning
after his second long ball of the contest. "I didn't know what to do. They
just told me to go wave my helmet."
Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler drove in a run each for the Royals, who earned a
split in the series after dropping the first two games.
James Shields (6-3) tossed seven effective innings, allowing nine hits and
three runs. Aaron Crow made things interesting in the ninth after serving up a
three-run homer to Adam Jones, but Greg Holland retired the only two batters
he faced to earn his 12th save.
Nick Markakis hit a two-run single and Manny Machado drove in the other run
for the Orioles, who sputtered to their sixth loss in eight games.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) gave up five runs on eight hits despite fanning seven
over five full frames in defeat.
Down by two, Kansas City got a run back in the fourth thanks to three straight
one-out singles, the last of which came from Cain to plate Gordon for a 3-2
The Royals moved ahead to stay in the following frame, as Norichika Aoki
walked, Butler singled with two down and Gordon followed with a three-run shot
to right for a 5-3 game.
"The one pitch to Gordon was uncharacteristic," Orioles manager Buck Showalter
said of Jimenez. "'He tried to go down and away, and it came back in and came
into a sweet spot. He hadn't walked anybody to that point, either."
Gordon's second homer of the contest reached the right-field seats in the
seventh to increase the hosts' edge to 8-3. Eric Hosmer worked a leadoff walk
and Butler added a double before the blast.
Crow was yanked in the ninth after walking Jonathan Schoop, allowing Machado
to single with one down and a three-run blast from Jones which pulled the O's
within 8-6. Holland entered and grounded out both Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz
to end the game.
Aoki began the home first with a squibber near the mound, moved up on a pair
of groundouts and scored on Butler's single.
Baltimore loaded the bases on three straight singles to open the third, then a
Markakis hit scored two and a fly to right from Machado brought in another to
put the visitors up 3-1.
Gordon's previous best was four RBI, last accomplished on April 9 against
Tampa Bay ... Shields recorded his eighth quality start of the season ...
Baltimore fell to 1-6 in Sunday games this season ... Butler finished 3-for-4
with two runs scored, while Aoki walked twice and scored twice ... Jones' HR
was the first runs Crow allowed in 17 innings over 20 relief appearances this
05/18 19:19:16 ET