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Gordon's two homers help Royals power past Orioles

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon had two firsts Sunday: six RBIs and a curtain call.

Gordon went 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBIs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6.

Gordon drove a 1-1 pitch from Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) out to right with two outs in the fifth with Nori Aoki and Billy Butler aboard. Gordon, who led the Royals with 20 home runs last year, had gone 134 at-bats without a home run.

Gordon homered in his next at-bat, a three-run shot off left-hander Troy Patton in the seventh after Eric Hosmer walked and Butler doubled for his third hit.

The Kauffman Stadium crowd then gave Gordon a lengthy standing ovation, calling him out of the dugout. Gordon said he had "never" had a curtain call.

"I didn't know what to do," Gordon said. "They told me just to go wave my helmet. They just started yelling at me. I was downstairs enjoying the moment. They told me to come up and give the crowd a wave. It was my first. Hopefully, it's not the last. It was pretty cool. It's something I want forget.

"It's fun when we play like this and the crowd starts doing what they do. It makes it really exciting."

It was Gordon's third career multi-homer game. His six RBIs matched a Royals' season high. His four hits matched a career high, the 10th time he has accomplished that.

"Even though I was making good pitches, they found a way to hit the ball hard. I felt really good and I made a lot of good pitches," Jimenez said. "They had a good approach. I threw a lot of sinkers down and they found the hole every time. They had a really good game. There's nothing I can do but move on."

Gordon's second homer turned out to be necessary. Adam Jones hit a three-run homer off Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the ninth. It was the first runs Crow allowed in 20 relief appearances and 17 innings.

Greg Holland got the final two outs for his 12th save in 13 appearances.

James Shields (6-3) picked up his fifth win in six starts, holding the Orioles to three runs and nine hits over seven innings. Shields won back-to-back starts at Kauffman Stadium for the first time.

Shields settled down after a three-run third when he gave up five hits, including four straight to open the inning.

"The difference (was) I was getting my ground balls and they found holes," Shields said of the third inning. "I was making my pitches, trying to get a double play that inning and they were just finding some good holes."

Jimenez, who was 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in his first three May starts, was pulled after five innings. He permitted five runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

"The pitch to Gordon was uncharacteristic," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He had, really, just the one (bad) pitch to Gordon. 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. Except for one pitch I thought he was good. After the first inning he was pretty crisp."

Nick Markakis singled home J.J. Hardy, who had three hits, and David Lough in the Orioles' third. Manny Machado, who had three hits, had a sacrifice fly in the third to score Jonathan Schoop for the other run off Shields.

Butler singled home Aoki with two outs in the first for the first Kansas City run. Lorenzo Cain's single in the fourth scored Gordon with the other Royals' run.

Notes

RHP Dylan Bundy, the Orioles' top prospect and the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, is scheduled to throw an inning in extended spring Tuesday in Florida. It will be his first time to face opposing hitters since having Tommy John surgery last June 27. .Royals 2B Omar Infante, who is on the disabled list with a lower back disc irritation, has begun to hit off the tee and is taking slow rollers. .The Orioles dropped to 1-6 in Sunday games. They are 21-14 on other days. ... Both managers, Ned Yost and Showalter, won challenge reviews: Yost in the fourth inning when Gordon was called out at second, Showalter in the seventh when Cain was first ruled safe for an infield single. That was overturned.

 
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Alex Gordon goes 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBI against the Orioles. (USATSI)
Alex Gordon goes 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBI against the Orioles. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 6
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4012101 .289
Manny Machado, 3B4131000 .239
Adam Jones, CF5123023 .282
Chris Davis, 1B4000000 .231
Nelson Cruz, DH5000006 .273
Steve Clevenger, C4010010 .254
J.J. Hardy, SS4130001 .271
David Lough, LF3110001 .177
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3210102 .221
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   Troy Patton, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
Totals36612623  
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (8, Shields)
HR - Adam Jones (6, Crow)
SF - Manny Machado (1)
SH - David Lough (2)
RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (14), Manny Machado (2), Adam Jones 3 (25)
Team LOB - 8
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,2-5) 5855171 4.50
Brad Brach 1000200 10.13
Troy Patton 1233101 6.00
Ryan Webb 1100010 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 98-67, Brad Brach 29-15, Troy Patton 21-9, Ryan Webb 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-3, Brad Brach 2-1, Troy Patton 2-1, Ryan Webb 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 24, Brad Brach 5, Troy Patton 6, Ryan Webb 4
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF2210200 .268
   Jarrod Dyson, CF1000000 .283
Alcides Escobar, SS5010013 .279
Eric Hosmer, 1B4100113 .287
Billy Butler, DH4231010 .240
Alex Gordon, LF4346000 .268
Salvador Perez, C4010012 .268
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF3011110 .312
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000023 .157
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B4000013 .000
James Shields, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals35811848  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (7, Patton)
HR - Alex Gordon 2 (3, Jimenez)
RBI - Billy Butler (16), Alex Gordon 6 (22), Lorenzo Cain (10)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (4), Alex Gordon 3 (9)
SB - Pedro Ciriaco (2, 2nd base off Brach/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (W,6-3) 7933130 2.67
Kelvin Herrera 1100000 1.33
Aaron Crow 0.1233101 1.56
Greg Holland (S,12) 0.2000000 2.16
HBP - Davis (by James Shields)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 99-64, Kelvin Herrera 14-10, Aaron Crow 14-6, Greg Holland 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 11-7, Kelvin Herrera 1-1, Greg Holland 2-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 32, Kelvin Herrera 3, Aaron Crow 4, Greg Holland 2
Game Information
Attendance - 22692
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Chris Segal