Kennedy sharp, Gordon with 5 RBIs as Royals beat Twins 10-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ian Kennedy, Alex Gordon and the rest of the Royals' veterans have been watching as their talented young teammates delivered win after win during a surprising late-season surge.

They finally got a piece of the action Saturday night.

Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his first win since the first week of April, Gordon drove in five runs, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 for their fifth win in six games.

Another of the old guard, Alcides Escobar, had three RBIs while finishing a homer shy of the cycle, and Cam Gallagher ended a 0-for-14 skid with a career-best four hits, in a blowout that set Kansas City up for a shot at a four-game sweep of its AL Central rivals on Sunday.

''We're not looking at it like that. We feel like we're a quality team that's playing well right now,'' Gordon said. ''Whether you're young or old, it doesn't really matter.''

Kennedy (2-8) allowed six hits while striking out four in his second start since a two-month stint on the disabled list. The right-hander allowed only Ehire Adrianza's RBI single in the second and Logan Forsythe's run-scoring hit in the fifth to earn his second home win in two years.

''I just knew it had been a long time,'' said Kennedy, who ended a 17-start winless streak with his first since April 7. ''It was the first win since last September that I got at home. I did know that.''

Gordon had an RBI groundout in the first, a two-run double in the fourth and another two-run double in the sixth. He finished one RBI shy of his career best, set against Baltimore on May 18, 2014.

''He had some fantastic at-bats,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''His focus has been beating the shift and I told him he was like Rod Carew tonight, peppering it down the left-field line.''

Most of the damage came against Chase De Jong (0-1), who was pounded for five runs - three earned - on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. It was a far different from his start against the Royals last week, when De Jong allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in a game the Twins won 3-1.

This time, Kansas City jumped out to a 2-1 lead before a four-run fourth provided a comfortable cushion. Escobar started the scoring with an RBI triple, then scored when he was caught in a run-down and the throw toward home hit him in the back and bounced away.

Twins skipper Paul Molitor and third base coach Gene Glynn took exception with the umpiring on the play, and both earned their second ejections of the season. That meant they weren't around to see Gordon add a two-run double later in the inning and give Kansas City a 6-2 advantage.

The Royals' longtime outfielder hit his second two-run double a couple innings later, his third hit of the night, before grounding out in his final at-bat.

''It was nice. I'm proud of the way Alex has continued to battle back,'' Yost said. ''He had a rough year last year. He's worked hard and it's paying off for him.''

ON THE TOSS

Molitor said he came out to question whether Gallagher had squared to bunt on a suicide-squeeze in the fourth inning, when he got ejected. ''We didn't execute the play and that was probably what had my emotion kind of high anyway,'' he said. ''They were giving us an out there and take a runner out of scoring position and we can't execute. So, I didn't bother to look at it. We didn't get the call. I wasn't happy at the time. I stepped out of the dugout, which you can't do on a ball-and-strike call, which is why I got tossed as quickly as I did.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: C Mitch Garver (concussion) did some light cardio Saturday after his team sent him back to the hotel the previous night. Garver took a foul ball off his mask Wednesday, and he began to feel the effects of a concussion taking batting practice Friday. ''He's not doing as well as we had hoped,'' Molitor said. ''We are labeling it in the concussion category. And with all concussions kind of being unique in themselves, we'll just have to see how he progresses.''

Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (bruised ribs) had an MRI exam that came back clean, and Yost said he's day-to-day. Jopez left in the fifth inning of Friday night's game. He fell three outs shy of a perfect game his previous start last Saturday at Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Royals RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.28 ERA) tries to keep his hot streak going in the series finale against RHP Kyle Gibson (7-13, 3.67) and the Twins. Junis has a 2.83 ERA over 10 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 21, and has 58 strikeouts in 60 innings.

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  • W: I. Kennedy (2-8)L: C. De Jong (0-1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B30100110.275.346.378.7242.5
J. Field RF10100000.197.234.333.5681.0
L. Forsythe 2B50210002.237.313.300.6133.0
E. Rosario DH50100014.286.322.475.7970.5
R. Grossman LF40100005.267.352.376.7281.0
J. Cave CF41100031.264.308.477.7850.5
W. Astudillo C40200001.327.351.527.8782.0
M. Kepler RF21010102.228.321.413.7353.0
C. Gimenez 1B00000000.154.227.256.4840.0
E. Adrianza SS40110002.244.298.365.6632.0
G. Petit 3B41100001.316.395.342.7372.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF42200103.303.368.438.8067.0
    A. Mondesi SS51100015.284.313.465.7783.5
    A. Gordon LF50350000.242.326.362.68910.0
    S. Perez DH50000013.234.272.447.719-0.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B50000031.252.366.604.970-1.5
    J. Bonifacio RF41100020.243.320.379.6991.0
    R. Herrera 2B42200001.230.288.302.5904.0
    A. Escobar 3B42330010.220.271.304.57510.5
    C. Gallagher C42410000.245.288.367.6568.0
    M. Viloria C00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (25)
      • SF - M. Kepler (3)
      • RBI - L. Forsythe (25), M. Kepler (51), E. Adrianza (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Adrianza (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, R. Grossman 5 (5), M. Kepler, E. Adrianza, G. Petit
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (39), A. Gordon 2 (22), A. Escobar (20), C. Gallagher (3)
      • 3B - A. Escobar (3)
      • RBI - A. Gordon 5 (47), A. Escobar 3 (32), C. Gallagher (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 4 (15), A. Escobar 2 (15), C. Gallagher (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), A. Mondesi 2 (2), S. Perez 2 (2), R. O'Hearn
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (24)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Petit (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-O'Hearn)
      • E - I. Kennedy
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. De Jong (L, 0-1)3.18530403.681.77-5.0
      G. Moya0.22110004.881.28-3.0
      Z. Littell2.25441309.452.10-2.5
      A. Reed0.11000104.671.44-0.5
      M. Belisle1.00000008.351.733.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. De Jong (L, 0-1)3.1
      G. Moya0.2
      Z. Littell2.2
      A. Reed0.1
      M. Belisle1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (W, 2-8)6.06212404.731.4221.0
      T. Hill1.03110104.541.34-0.5
      G. Sparkman2.02000004.911.774.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (W, 2-8)6.0
      T. Hill1.0
      G. Sparkman2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. De Jong 74-49, G. Moya 12-6, Z. Littell 58-37, A. Reed 9-5, M. Belisle 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. De Jong 4-2, G. Moya 2-0, Z. Littell 2-3, M. Belisle 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. De Jong 18, G. Moya 4, Z. Littell 14, A. Reed 2, M. Belisle 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 98-69, T. Hill 21-14, G. Sparkman 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-9, T. Hill 1-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 26, T. Hill 6, G. Sparkman 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN67-81
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B30100110.275.346.378.7242.5
      J. Field RF10100000.197.234.333.5681.0
      L. Forsythe 2B50210002.237.313.300.6133.0
      E. Rosario DH50100014.286.322.475.7970.5
      R. Grossman LF40100005.267.352.376.7281.0
      J. Cave CF41100031.264.308.477.7850.5
      W. Astudillo C40200001.327.351.527.8782.0
      M. Kepler RF21010102.228.321.413.7353.0
      C. Gimenez 1B00000000.154.227.256.4840.0
      E. Adrianza SS40110002.244.298.365.6632.0
      G. Petit 3B41100001.316.395.342.7372.0
      Total36311302518-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF42200103.303.368.438.8067.0
        A. Mondesi SS51100015.284.313.465.7783.5
        A. Gordon LF50350000.242.326.362.68910.0
        S. Perez DH50000013.234.272.447.719-0.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B50000031.252.366.604.970-1.5
        J. Bonifacio RF41100020.243.320.379.6991.0
        R. Herrera 2B42200001.230.288.302.5904.0
        A. Escobar 3B42330010.220.271.304.57510.5
        C. Gallagher C42410000.245.288.367.6568.0
        M. Viloria C00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
        Total401016901813-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mauer (25)
          • SF - M. Kepler (3)
          • RBI - L. Forsythe (25), M. Kepler (51), E. Adrianza (34)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Adrianza (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, R. Grossman 5 (5), M. Kepler, E. Adrianza, G. Petit
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (39), A. Gordon 2 (22), A. Escobar (20), C. Gallagher (3)
          • 3B - A. Escobar (3)
          • RBI - A. Gordon 5 (47), A. Escobar 3 (32), C. Gallagher (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 4 (15), A. Escobar 2 (15), C. Gallagher (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), A. Mondesi 2 (2), S. Perez 2 (2), R. O'Hearn
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (24)
          FIELDING
          • E - G. Petit (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-O'Hearn)
          • E - I. Kennedy
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. De Jong (L, 0-1)3.18530403.681.77-5.0
          G. Moya0.22110004.881.28-3.0
          Z. Littell2.25441309.452.10-2.5
          A. Reed0.11000104.671.44-0.5
          M. Belisle1.00000008.351.733.0
          Total8.016108180---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. De Jong (L, 0-1)3.1
          G. Moya0.2
          Z. Littell2.2
          A. Reed0.1
          M. Belisle1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy (W, 2-8)6.06212404.731.4221.0
          T. Hill1.03110104.541.34-0.5
          G. Sparkman2.02000004.911.774.0
          Total9.01132250---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy (W, 2-8)6.0
          T. Hill1.0
          G. Sparkman2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. De Jong 74-49, G. Moya 12-6, Z. Littell 58-37, A. Reed 9-5, M. Belisle 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. De Jong 4-2, G. Moya 2-0, Z. Littell 2-3, M. Belisle 3-0
          • Batters Faced - C. De Jong 18, G. Moya 4, Z. Littell 14, A. Reed 2, M. Belisle 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 98-69, T. Hill 21-14, G. Sparkman 21-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-9, T. Hill 1-1
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 26, T. Hill 6, G. Sparkman 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Kepler hit sacrifice fly to center, Cave scored311
          • 7TH INNING
            Gallagher singled to left, Escobar scored211
            Escobar doubled to deep left, Herrera scored210
          • 6TH INNING
            Gordon doubled to deep left, Gallagher and Merrifield scored29
          • 5TH INNING
            Forsythe singled to right center, Petit scored, Mauer to third27
          • 4TH INNING
            Gordon doubled to left, Gallagher and Mondesi scored17
            Escobar scored15
            Ball, Escobar scored on 3rd baseman Petit throwing error14
            Escobar tripled to right, Herrera scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Escobar singled to right center, Bonifacio scored12
            Adrianza singled to right, Kepler scored, Adrianza to second11
          • 1ST INNING
            Gordon grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • G. Petit: Strike looking, Petit flied out to center
            • J. Field: Field singled to right center
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Forsythe flied out to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Meibrys Viloria catching
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Cave singled to center
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Tim Hill
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to center, Cave to third
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to center, Cave scored
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Adrianza fouled out to third, Astudillo out at first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Belisle relieved Addison Reed
            • Johnny Field in right field
            • Chris Gimenez at first base
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Ian Kennedy
            • G. Petit: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Petit lined out to pitcher
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe reached on an infield single to third
            • E. Rosario: Rosario singled to right, Forsythe to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Littell Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, O'Hearn struck out on foul tip
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Bonifacio flied out to right
            • R. Herrera: Herrera singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar doubled to deep left, Herrera scored
            • C. Gallagher: Gallagher singled to left, Escobar scored
            • Addison Reed relieved Zack Littell
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep right center, Gallagher to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to right
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adrianza grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Littell Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher singled to shallow left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked, Gallagher to second
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to third, Gallagher to third, Merrifield to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep left, Gallagher and Merrifield scored
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to first
            • G. Petit: Strike looking, Petit singled to right
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer walked, Petit to second
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe singled to right center, Petit scored, Mauer to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario popped out to second
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zack Littell relieved Gabriel Moya
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman singled to shallow right
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo lined out to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. De Jong Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera singled to right
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Escobar tripled to right, Herrera scored
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Escobar scored on 3rd baseman Petit throwing error, Escobar scored, Strike looking, Gallagher doubled to left center
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Chase De Jong
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi singled to left, Gallagher to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon doubled to left, Gallagher and Mondesi scored
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer lined out to center
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. De Jong Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to left
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cave struck out on foul tip
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Astudillo flied out to center
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
            • E. Adrianza: Kepler to second on Kennedy throwing error, Strike swinging, Adrianza singled to right, Kepler scored, Adrianza to second
            • G. Petit: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Petit grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • C. De Jong Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to left center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first, Bonifacio to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Escobar singled to right center, Bonifacio scored
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gallagher singled to left, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer doubled to left center
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grossman popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. De Jong Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield doubled to left center
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to second, Merrifield to third
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield scored
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)