Another strong series from Alex Gordon helped the Kansas City
Royals sweep a division rival over the weekend.
Facing the Baltimore Orioles could help Gordon stay hot at the
Gordon and the Royals seek their fifth straight home win Tuesday
night when they open a three-game series against the Orioles.
Kansas City (15-13) returned home from a winless six-game trip
and swept Minnesota in three games over the weekend, finishing the
series with a 10-3 win Sunday to improve to 12-5 at Kauffman
The Royals outscored the Twins 25-8 and recorded at least 10
hits in all three games.
Gordon, who went hitless in the final two games of the trip
following a 19-game hitting streak, bounced back with five hits
over the weekend, including four for extra bases. He’s batting .388
at Kauffman Stadium, where he has 16 of his 20 RBIs and 15 of his
17 extra-base hits.
“Obviously we’re playing very well at home,” first baseman Billy
Butler told the Royals’ official website. “It’s good to see, it’s
good for the fans. We had a rough road trip and we had to break out
of it, and we’re doing well now.”
Gordon will try to keep things going against the Orioles. He’s
riding a 15-game hitting streak versus Baltimore, during which he’s
Even with all the home success, Kansas City may have trouble if
probable starter Jeff Francis (0-3, 5.03 ERA) can’t break out of
After a four-inning outing at Texas in his previous start,
Francis lasted only three innings at Cleveland on Wednesday, giving
up six runs and a season-high 10 hits in a 7-2 defeat.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in two starts against the
Orioles. He hasn’t faced them since 2007, while with Colorado.
The Orioles (13-14) have won five of seven, but had a three-game
winning streak snapped Monday with a 6-2 loss to the Chicago White
Sox in the finale of a four-game series.
Baltimore, which scored 22 runs in the first three games against
the White Sox, went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position
“We had more hits than they did but we were unable to get a hit
with a runner in scoring position. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes
that’s how the game goes,” said Adam Jones, who had three
Baltimore will try to bounce back when it hands the ball to Brad
Bergesen (0-3, 4.76).
The Orioles have lost all four of Bergesen’s starts in 2011, but
the right-hander is coming off his best outing. He allowed two runs
in six innings of Thursday’s 6-2 loss to Boston.
Bergesen is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the
Royals. Gordon is 2 for 4 against him.
Kansas City held a 4-2 edge in last season’s series.