KANSAS CITY Sean Newcomb Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Ian Kennedy, Alex Gordon and the rest of the Royals‘ veterans have been watching as their talented young teammates delivered win after win during a surprising late-season surge.They finally got a piece of the action Saturday night.Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his first win since the first week of April, Gordon drove in five runs, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 for their fifth win in six games.Another of the old guard, Alcides Escobar, had three RBIs while finishing a homer shy of the cycle, and Cam Gallagher ended a 0-for-14 skid with a career-best four hits, in a blowout that set Kansas City up for a shot at a four-game sweep of its AL Central rivals on Sunday.“We’re not looking at it like that. We feel like we’re a quality team that’s playing well right now,” Gordon said. “Whether you’re young or old, it doesn’t really matter.”Kennedy (2-8) allowed six hits while striking out four in his second start since a two-month stint on the disabled list. The right-hander allowed only Ehire Adrianza’s RBI single in the second and Logan Forsythe’s run-scoring hit in the fifth to earn his second home win in two years.“I just knew it had been a long time,” said Kennedy, who ended a 17-start winless streak with his first since April 7. “It was the first win since last September that I got at home. I did know that.”Gordon had an RBI groundout in the first, a two-run double in the fourth and another two-run double in the sixth. He finished one RBI shy of his career best, set against Baltimore on May 18 Preston Tucker Jersey , 2014.“He had some fantastic at-bats,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “His focus has been beating the shift and I told him he was like Rod Carew tonight, peppering it down the left-field line.”Most of the damage came against Chase De Jong (0-1), who was pounded for five runs — three earned — on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. It was a far different from his start against the Royals last week, when De Jong allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in a game the Twins won 3-1.This time, Kansas City jumped out to a 2-1 lead before a four-run fourth provided a comfortable cushion. Escobar started the scoring with an RBI triple, then scored when he was caught in a run-down and the throw toward home hit him in the back and bounced away.Twins skipper Paul Molitor and third base coach Gene Glynn took exception with the umpiring on the play, and both earned their second ejections of the season. That meant they weren’t around to see Gordon add a two-run double later in the inning and give Kansas City a 6-2 advantage.The Royals’ longtime outfielder hit his second two-run double a couple innings later, his third hit of the night, before grounding out in his final at-bat.“It was nice. I’m proud of the way Alex has continued to battle back,” Yost said. “He had a rough year last year. He’s worked hard and it’s paying off for him.”ON THE TOSSMolitor said he came out to question whether Gallagher had squared to bunt on a suicide-squeeze in the fourth inning, when he got ejected. “We didn’t execute the play and that was probably what had my emotion kind of high anyway,” he said. “They were giving us an out there and take a runner out of scoring position and we can’t execute. So, I didn’t bother to look at it. We didn’t get the call. I wasn’t happy at the time. I stepped out of the dugout Zack Greinke Jersey , which you can’t do on a ball-and-strike call, which is why I got tossed as quickly as I did.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: C Mitch Garver (concussion) did some light cardio Saturday after his team sent him back to the hotel the previous night. Garver took a foul ball off his mask Wednesday, and he began to feel the effects of a concussion taking batting practice Friday. “He’s not doing as well as we had hoped,” Molitor said. “We are labeling it in the concussion category. And with all concussions kind of being unique in themselves, we’ll just have to see how he progresses.”Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (bruised ribs) had an MRI exam that came back clean, and Yost said he’s day-to-day. Jopez left in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game. He fell three outs shy of a perfect game his previous start last Saturday at Minnesota.UP NEXTRoyals RHP Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.28 ERA) tries to keep his hot streak going in the series finale against RHP Kyle Gibson (7-13, 3.67) and the Twins. Junis has a 2.83 ERA over 10 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 21, and has 58 strikeouts in 60 innings. BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox didn’t let a three-game skid dampen things. After all, nobody has been able to keep the AL East leaders down for longer than that this season.Xander Bogaerts hit two solo homers, Andrew Benintendi had a three-run double to cap a big fourth inning and the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 on Wednesday night to halt their three-game skid.“We struggled during the week, but that’s more like us,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who lost the previous two nights in a matchup of AL division leaders. Boston is the only team in the majors without a four-game losing streak this season.“You couldn’t tell if we won or lost yesterday after you waked in (to the clubhouse) http://www.diamondbacksfa...-greinke-jersey ,” Moreland said. “That’s the beauty of this group. We know what we’ve got to do, we know what we’ve got in front of us and that’s all we focus on. We’ve been really good at it all year.”Boston has the best record in the majors. Its only other three-game skid came in April.Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers in his first game off the disabled list for Central-leading Cleveland. The Indians are 17-5 on the road since July 1 and 21-10 overall since the All-Star break.Matt Barnes (5-3) pitched a hitless inning of relief and was credited with the victory after starter Brian Johnson was pulled with the Red Sox leading and one out in the fifth. Johnson gave up three runs.Carlos Carrasco (15-7) was tagged for six runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings.“They’re really good hitters and they use the whole field,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “That’s part of what they do. You’ve gotta make them at least think about (inside), because they just cover too much. He (Carrasco) was trying to, he just couldn’t get it there.”Bogaerts tied it 2-all in the fourth by hitting his first shot completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster. The Red Sox took the lead with three singles on Carrasco’s next three pitches; Ian Kinsler, Brock Holt, and Blake Swihart’s RBI hit.Following a walk to Mookie Betts, Benintendi sliced his liner down the left-field line, making it 6-2.Moreland’s homer made it 8-4. Bogaerts hit his second one in the seventh.Sidelined since Aug. 12 with a right wrist contusion, Encarnacion hit the third pitch he saw into the last row of Monster seats in the first. His second was a drive off a billboard above the Monster.“I feel healthy and that’s good for me and for the team, because I know I can help this team to win games,” he said.Carrasco had been on a roll Randy Johnson Jersey , going 7-1 with a 1.73 ERA since coming off the disabled list July 6, but he fell to 1-3 with a 7.47 ERA in his career against Boston.“They hit pretty good pitches,” he said. “That’s what happened.”ADDING UPBoston’s J.D. Martinez raised his major league-leading RBI total to 108 with two RBI singles.HOT STARTSThe Indians hit their club-record 28th first-inning homer this season, breaking the mark of 27 set last year.STAYING COOLCora joked before the game about calls he received regarding the team’s losing streak.“I got a few phone calls from people around the league like, ‘Wow, three-game losing streak,'” he said. “(Houston manager) A.J. Hinch was one of them. He was laughing about it. We talked about it a little bit. The way I see it is if this is the second three-game losing streak for us, we’re in a good place.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Placed OF Rajai Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a non-life-threatening medical condition. He’s expected to have outpatient surgery Monday and return when rosters are expended on Sept. 1. … Francona said Leonys Martin will sit out the rest of the season. The outfielder had a life-threatening bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.Red Sox: Cora said C Christian Vazquez (DL, fractured right pinkie) might catch LHP Eduardo Rodriguez’s next rehab start on Monday at Double-A Portland.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Adam Plutko (4-3, 4.62) is slated to make his first career start against the Red Sox in the series finale Thursday afternoon.Red Sox: LHP David Price (13-6, 3.69) looks to continue his recent success. He’s 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA since the All-Star break.
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