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Royals batters thump Rockies, Gonzalez carted off

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DENVER -- Melky Cabrera staked Kansas City to an early lead. His teammates made it stand up.

Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs as the Kansas City Royals tied a team record with 12 extra-base hits and outslugged Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies 16-8 Sunday.

"Great day," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Two homers, swung the bat well and a triple shy of the cycle."

Cabrera and Eric Hosmer, who also homered, had four hits apiece as Kansas City ended a five-game losing streak. Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur each got three of the Royals' season-high 21 hits.

The Royals' 12 extra-base hits tied a franchise record set May 13, 1979. Cabrera matched his career best for hits and RBI.

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"Melky got us started and after that we just started driving the ball," Francoeur said. "We've got an offense that's pretty good. We can score some runs, but the last two weeks we've struggled."

Kansas City tagged Jason Hammel (4-8) for six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Cabrera hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run homer in the third, and the Royals took a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

"We were aggressive and we had a pretty good approach against that guy," Cabrera said.

Gonzalez homered and tied a career high with six RBI. But he left in the seventh inning after he ran into the center-field wall and injured his right wrist.

Gonzalez caught Brayan Pena's fly, hit the wall and was down on the warning track for several minutes. He was driven off the field on a cart and taken to a hospital for X-rays.

"We don't think that there's anything serious," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He went face first into that wall, making what we think is the play of the year. He was more sore on the glove hand, his right wrist."

Several teammates jogged out to center to check on Gonzalez.

"I went out there after he hit the wall and I think he's OK, but I'm not a doctor," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "Give him credit, he's not scared of the wall. He plays the game the right way."

Colorado rallied for five runs in the fifth against Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar, a Denver native. Gonzalez hit a three-run double and Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer -- his second home run in three games with Colorado.

Reliever Blake Wood (4-0) struck out Tulowitzki and Seth Smith to end the threat. Wood got the win despite allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings.

The Royals scored six runs in the sixth against reliever Matt Belisle. Moustakas had two hits in the inning and Francoeur had a two-run double to give the Royals a 12-5 lead.

"Those tack-on runs were huge," Yost said. "When you score early, get a six-run lead and they come back and score five runs and you snuff it out with another six spot, it's huge."

During the burst, Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon left the game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee. Yost said Gordon suffered a bruise and is day-to-day.

The Rockies got three runs back on Gonzalez's homer in the bottom half, his 13th of the season. Hosmer hit his sixth homer, a three-run drive in a four-run seventh that made it 16-8.

"When they made it 12-8 we put up four more," Francoeur said. "It was fun to play in a game like this where everybody's chipping in. Hopefully this will give us confidence going forward."

Notes

  • Cabrera's previous five-RBI game was Sept. 22, 2007, when he was with the Yankees. His previous four-hit game was Aug. 21, 2009, also with New York.
  • The Royals' previous high for runs this season was 11, against Minnesota on April 30.
  • The Rockies purchased the contract of Eric Stults from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned RHP Greg Reynolds to the Sky Sox.
 
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Melky Cabrera (center) knocks two home runs and five RBI and the Royals tie a team record with 12 extra-base hits. (AP)
Melky Cabrera (center) knocks two home runs and five RBI and the Royals tie a team record with 12 extra-base hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 5
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 6
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B5222120 .263
Melky Cabrera, CF5445002 .283
Alex Gordon, LF3000012 .298
    Mitch Maier, PR-LF1210100 .311
Jeff Francoeur, RF6233003 .262
Eric Hosmer, 1B6144000 .274
Matt Treanor, C3110000 .214
    Blake Wood, P1000011 .000
   a- Billy Butler, PH1010000 .298
    Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
    Louis Coleman, P1000011 .000
Mike Moustakas, 3B6231002 .290
Alcides Escobar, SS6221004 .253
Luke Hochevar, P2000011 .000
    Brayan Pena, C2000001 .248
Totals4816211626  
a-doubled for Wood in the 7th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (20, Belisle), Jeff Francoeur (19, Belisle), Eric Hosmer (9, Mortensen), Matt Treanor (5, Hammel), Billy Butler (20, Mortensen), Mike Moustakas 2 (2, Hammel, Belisle), Alcides Escobar 2 (14, Hammel, Belisle)
HR - Melky Cabrera 2 (11, Hammel, Hammel), Eric Hosmer (6, Mortensen)
RBI - Chris Getz 2 (20), Melky Cabrera 5 (48), Jeff Francoeur 3 (51), Eric Hosmer 4 (31), Mike Moustakas (2), Alcides Escobar (22)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur (20), Eric Hosmer 3 (11)
SB - Alcides Escobar (13, 3rd base off Hammel/Pagnozzi)
CS - Jeff Francoeur (3, 3rd base by Hammel/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Getz-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Jeff Francoeur (4, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke Hochevar 4.1555331 5.17
Blake Wood (W,4-0) 1.2133241 2.97
Tim Collins 1000100 3.70
Louis Coleman 2200130 2.39
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 78-39, Blake Wood 32-18, Tim Collins 13-7, Louis Coleman 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 4-6, Tim Collins 1-1, Louis Coleman 1-2
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 21, Blake Wood 8, Tim Collins 3, Louis Coleman 9
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4226011 .296
    Jonathan Herrera, 3B-SS1000010 .241
Mark Ellis, 2B5122010 .237
Todd Helton, 1B2000210 .320
    Jason Giambi, 1B1010000 .282
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010022 .272
    Chris Iannetta, 3B1000012 .227
Seth Smith, RF3000012 .301
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Clayton Mortensen, P1000001 .000
   a- Aaron Cook, PH1000012 .111
Ty Wigginton, 3B-RF2200200 .263
Charlie Blackmon, LF4010002 .280
Matt Pagnozzi, C3110112 .267
Jason Hammel, P1000000 .143
    Eric Stults, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF^CF1200201 .228
Totals34888710  
a-struck out for Mortensen in the 9th
b-walked for Stults in the 5th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (18, Hochevar), Jason Giambi (3, Coleman)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (13, Wood), Mark Ellis (3, Hochevar)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 6 (51), Mark Ellis 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 3 (17)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jason Hammel (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel (L,4-8) 3.2765122 4.31
Eric Stults 1.1000010 0.00
Matt Belisle 0.2766010 3.55
Clayton Mortensen 3.1744121 3.86
HBP - Cabrera (by Jason Hammel), Gordon (by Matt Belisle), B. Pena (by Clayton Mortensen)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 67-43, Eric Stults 15-11, Matt Belisle 37-23, Clayton Mortensen 59-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 7-2, Clayton Mortensen 3-5
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 20, Eric Stults 4, Matt Belisle 10, Clayton Mortensen 19
Game Information
Attendance - 40269
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Tim Welke