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James Shields resumes hot streak with win

Posted: May 18, 2014 10:34 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2014 10:34 p.m.

Kansas City Royals pitcher and Hart High School graduate James Shields throws against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex 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 on Sunday.

For the Royals, Hart graduate 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.”

Shields got plenty of support thanks to Gordon, who 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.

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