Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar (2) is congratulated by Raul Mondesi (27) after Escobar hit a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
MIAMI (AP) Alcides Escobar homered and drove in two runs to lead the surging Kansas City Royals past the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Thursday night.
Salvador Perez and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs for the Royals as the defending World Series champions have won 15 of 18 to pull within four games of the second AL wild card spot.
Kansas City starter Edison Volquez (10-10) pitched five innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, and three hits.
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The Royals' bullpen, which has been a successful formula for the reigning two-time AL pennant winners, pitched four scoreless innings to push their franchise-record scoreless streak to 38 2-3 innings – the best in the majors since 2002-03 when San Francisco tossed 39 1-3 straight.
Kelvin Herrera pitched a flawless ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Tom Koehler (9-9) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in six innings for the Marlins.