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Royals hit three home runs in win over Orioles

Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 9:21 p.m. CDT; updated 9:34 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 9, 2013
Royals second baseman Chris Getz, top, catches Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado as Machado tries to steal second base in the first inning Thursday. The Royals slammed three home runs en route to a 6-2 victory in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE— Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer homered in a four-run fourth inning, Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively against his former team and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Gordon and Hosmer both connected against Freddy Garcia (0-1) with a runner on. It was Gordon's third home run in three games and Hosmer's first in 145 at-bats dating back to last year.

Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid and averted being swept for the first time this season. The three home runs were a season high for Kansas City, which began the game with an AL-low 19 long balls.

Facing the Orioles for the first time since they traded him to Colorado in February 2012, Guthrie (5-0) allowed one earned run, seven hits and three walks in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.28.

During his five seasons with Baltimore, Guthrie won 47 games and started three times on opening day. The right-hander has been a star for the Royals since his arrival last July — he's 10-0 since Aug. 8 and has gone a franchise-record 18 straight starts without a loss.

Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, whose season-high run of four straight wins ended. It was the fourth time this year that Baltimore missed a sweep by losing the final game of a series.

Making his second start with the Orioles, Garcia gave up four runs, five hits and a walk in six innings.

Baltimore got an unearned run in the second inning, courtesy of shortstop Alcides Escobar's third error in two games. After Escobar's poor throw enabled Adam Jones to reach first, Matt Wieters singled and J.J. Hardy drove in a run with a bloop single to center.

It was the first time in three starts that Guthrie gave up a run. He was coming off his first career shutout, a four-hitter against the White Sox

Garcia retired the first 10 batters he faced, a streak that ended when Lorenzo Cain got an infield single with one out in the fourth. Gordon followed with a shot over the right-field scoreboard, and after Billy Butler singled, Hosmer hit an opposite-field drive into the left-field seats.

Davis got the Orioles to 4-2 in the bottom half with his 10th home run.

Moustakas greeted rookie reliever T.J. McFarland with a leadoff homer in the seventh. Moustakas also homered on Wednesday night.


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