Making just his 13th career start, Smith tossed seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts to pick up his fifth win of the season in impressive fashion. The 6'5, 240-pound rookie scattered seven hits and walked three in the outing, and also toppled the 100-pitch mark for just the second time in his big-league career.
With Smith shutting down Minnesota batters left and right, it was a fitting evening for Kansas City's offense to rack up 16 hits as a team. Leadoff hitter Lorenzo Cain exemplified his table-setting role with a 3-for-5 night from the plate that included a pair of RBI, as the promising young outfielder even finished a home run shy of a cycle by game's end.
In addition to Cain's big night, infielders Eric Hosmer and Johnny Giavotella also both chipped in 3-for-5 nights, while catcher Salvador Perez wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning single. Now in search of their third straight win on Wednesday, Kansas City will look to inconsistent right-hander Luke Hochevar in Game 2.
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