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Moustakas homers twice as Royals down White Sox

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," 
Moustakas said. 

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. 

                                   Game Notes 

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. 

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