KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 20: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals, Melky Cabrera #53 and Jeff Francoeur #21 celebrate their 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas both homered for the Royals in the 4-0 victory over the Twins. Bruce Chen pitched a gem as Kansas City shut out Minnesota for the first time since 2007.
The Kansas City Royals may now be 23 games under .500 but this is the type of year where you seemingly don't want to see things end. With so many youngsters now in their respective positions on the diamond for the near future, times like Tuesday evening are a joy to watch.
Bruce Chen looked fierce on the mound in eight innings pitched, allowing just two hits. He would strike out eight while walking just one. After losing two outings in a row, Chen is now 11-7 on the year and has lowered his ERA back down to 4.04. Louis Coleman allowed a two-out infield single to Joe Mauer in the ninth inning before Michael Cuddyer would fittingly fly out to Alex Gordon to end the game.
Gordon lead the Royals attack at the plate with a 3-for-5 evening with two RBI. In the third inning he hit his 22nd home run of the season against Minnesota starter Carl Pavano. Each home run for Gordon increases his career high. Gordon wasn't the only one who did work at the plate though as the Royals totaled 12 hits on the evening.
Mike Moustakas hit his second home run of the season and his first career home run in front of the hometown fans at Kauffman Stadium this evening. Melky Cabrera, Johnny Giavotella, and Alcides Escobar would each contribute two hits as well. Cabrera doubled for the 40th time on the year.
With the win Kansas City is now 63-86 and has assured themselves of not losing 100 games. Meanwhile Pavano is 8-12 with the loss as the Twins fell to 59-88. Kansas City has opened up a three game lead over the Twins for fourth place in the American League Central Division.