Royals 16, Rockies 8
Melky Cabrera staked Kansas City to an early lead. His teammates
made it stand up.
Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs as the Kansas City
Royals tied a team record with 12 extra-base hits and outslugged
Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies 16-8 Sunday.
”Great day,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”Two homers, swung
the bat well and a triple shy of the cycle.”
Cabrera and Eric Hosmer, who also homered, had four hits apiece
as Kansas City ended a five-game losing streak. Mike Moustakas and
Jeff Francoeur each got three of the Royals’ season-high 21
The Royals’ 12 extra-base hits tied a franchise record set May
13, 1979. Cabrera matched his career best for hits and RBIs.
”Melky got us started and after that we just started driving
the ball,” Francoeur said. ”We’ve got an offense that’s pretty
good. We can score some runs, but the last two weeks we’ve
Kansas City tagged Jason Hammel (4-8) for six runs in 3 2-3
innings. Cabrera hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run
homer in the third, and the Royals took a 6-0 lead in the
”We were aggressive and we had a pretty good approach against
that guy,” Cabrera said.
Gonzalez homered and tied a career high with six RBIs. But he
left in the seventh inning after he ran into the center-field wall
and injured his right wrist.
Gonzalez caught Brayan Pena’s fly, hit the wall and was down on
the warning track for several minutes. He was driven off the field
on a cart and taken to a hospital for X-rays.
The Rockies reported after the game that X-rays revealed a right
wrist bruise and he is day-to-day.
”We don’t think that there’s anything serious,” Rockies
manager Jim Tracy said. ”He went face first into that wall, making
what we think is the play of the year. He was more sore on the
glove hand, his right wrist.”
Several teammates jogged out to center to check on Gonzalez.
”I went out there after he hit the wall and I think he’s OK,
but I’m not a doctor,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. ”Give him
credit, he’s not scared of the wall. He plays the game the right
Colorado rallied for five runs in the fifth against Kansas City
starter Luke Hochevar, a Denver native. Gonzalez hit a three-run
double and Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer – his second home run in
three games with Colorado.
Reliever Blake Wood (4-0) struck out Tulowitzki and Seth Smith
to end the threat. Wood got the win despite allowing three runs in
1 2-3 innings.
The Royals scored six runs in the sixth against reliever Matt
Belisle. Moustakas had two hits in the inning and Francoeur had a
two-run double to give the Royals a 12-5 lead.
”Those tack-on runs were huge,” Yost said. ”When you score
early, get a six-run lead and they come back and score five runs
and you snuff it out with another six spot, it’s huge.”
During the burst, Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon left the
game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee. Yost said
Gordon suffered a bruise and is day-to-day.
The Rockies got three runs back on Gonzalez’s homer in the
bottom half, his 13th of the season. Hosmer hit his sixth homer, a
three-run drive in a four-run seventh that made it 16-8.
”When they made it 12-8 we put up four more,” Francoeur said.
”It was fun to play in a game like this where everybody’s chipping
in. Hopefully this will give us confidence going forward.”
NOTES: Cabrera’s previous five-RBI game was Sept. 22, 2007, when
he was with the Yankees. His previous four-hit game was Aug. 21,
2009, also with New York. … The Royals’ previous high for runs
this season was 11, against Minnesota on April 30. … The Rockies
purchased the contract of Eric Stults from Triple-A Colorado
Springs and optioned RHP Greg Reynolds to the Sky Sox.