Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two homers
and three RBI to ignite a stagnant Royals lineup as Kansas City earned a much-
needed 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Royals were scuffling offensively coming in, scoring just 17 runs during a
1-7 slump that dropped them two games below .500.
Moustakas highlighted a resurgent 14-hit attack that featured multi-hit
efforts from four others, including Raul Ibanez going 2-for-4 with a run
scored and an RBI.
"This one was an important one. It broke our little slump we were in,"
Bruce Chen (2-2) went the minimum five innings to earn the win, while three
relievers behind him held Chicago scoreless over the final four frames.
Scott Carroll (4-6) matched Chen through five innings but imploded in the
sixth. He was charged with five runs on 11 hits and a pair of walks.
"I just didn't feel like I had my best stuff," Carroll said.
Both teams squandered plenty of chances in the first five innings, with Kansas
City's only run coming on Moustakas' leadoff blast in the second, and Chicago
getting on the board on Adam Dunn's opposite-field shot in the fourth.
The Royals finally cashed in big when they batted around in the sixth. Billy
Butler led off the rally with a double and scored on Ibanez's two-bagger. A
single and a walk loaded the bases, and Carroll was pulled with no outs after
a passed ball allowed Ibanez to score.
Javy Guerra entered from the bullpen and committed an error right out of the
gate on a bunt hit by Jarrod Dyson. Alcides Escobar scored on the play, and
Omar Infante tacked on a sacrifice fly to give the Royals a 5-1 cushion.
With a runner on in the eighth, Moustakas turned on a Eric Surkamp offering
and lined it into the right-field seats for his 12th home run of the year.
Kelvin Herrera threw two scoreless frames behind Chen, who scattered five hits
and two walks, while Wade Davis and Greg Holland each tossed an inning of
relief to close out the win.
Moustakas recorded his third career multi-homer game ... Chen recorded his
82nd career victory, tying him with former Yankees great Mariano Rivera for
the most wins by a Panamanian-born pitcher ... Davis had retired 18 straight
hitters before walking Conor Gillaspie to lead off the eighth ... Chicago took
the opener of this three-game series, 3-1, on Monday ... Kansas City has won
11 of its last 13 as the visitor in this series.