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Cabrera, Royals pound Rockies 16-8

Jul 4, 2011 - 1:11 AM Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals put on an impressive offensive display Sunday at Coors Field, pounding out 21 hits and beating the Rockies 16-8 in the finale of a three-game interleague series.

Melky Cabrera led the attack, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI while Eric Hosmer went 4-for-6 with a three-run homer and four RBI.

Jeff Francoeur added three hits and three RBI for the Royals, who snapped their five-game losing streak.

Blake Wood (4-0) worked 1 2/3 innings in relief of Luke Hochevar to earn the win.

Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a career-high six RBI while Mark Ellis added a two-run home run for the Rockies, who have lost three of their past five and six of their past nine.

Jason Hammel (4-8) was shelled in 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits while fanning a pair and walking one.

Kansas City jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Cabrera's solo home run in the first inning. He belted a three-run shot in the third to make it 4-0, depositing a Hammel offering deep into the seats in right for his 11th homer of the year.

The Royals added to their lead again in the fourth, plating a pair of runs. Matt Treanor and Mike Moustakas led off with doubles to score the first run. Moustakas advanced to third on a groundout by Alcides Escobar and scored on a bunt by Chris Getz to give KC a 6-0 advantage.

Colorado mounted a big rally in the fifth, plating five runs. Ty Wigginton worked a walk to lead off the inning and Matt Pagnozzi laced a one-out single to put runners on first and second for the Rockies. Pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs walked to load the bases and Gonzalez came through with a three-run double down the line in right. The Rockies weren't done, as Ellis hit a two- run homer deep into the left field corner seats to make it 6-5.

But Kansas City came right back in the sixth, using four doubles in the inning to push across six runs and expand its lead to 12-5.

"Those tack-on runs were huge," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I can't overstate, when you score early and have a six run lead and they come back and score five, momentum is on their side, and you snuf it out with another six- spot, it was huge."

Colorado got three runs back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, three- run homer by Gonzalez, his 13th of the season, to make it a 12-8 ballgame.

The slugfest continued in the seventh for the Royals as they plated four more runs for the final margin. With runners on the corners, Francoeur poked a ball off the end of the bat for an infield single, which scored Cabrera. Hosmer followed with a mammoth three-run home run to right, his sixth of the year.

"It's one of those days where, if they hit the ball, it's going to find a hole somewhere," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said of the Royals' offensive explosion.

Game Notes

At 56-37, the Rockies have the best interleague record in the NL over the past five seasons...Colorado is 2-11 in 2011 on Sunday this season...Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who went 1-for-4 Sunday, was elected to his second All-Star game, while Royals' reliever Aaron Crow will make his first appearance...Gonzalez left the game in the seventh after crashing into the center field wall...16 runs scored was a season-high for the Royals.








  • KANSAS CITY: 16
    COLORADO: 8
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    Jul 3 6:40 PM


  • Eric Hosmer two-out, three-run Home Run (6) to right center scored Mitch Maier and Jeff Francoeur. Blake Wood due up.

    Royals 16, Rockies 8  Top 7, 2 OutsJul 3 5:52 PM


  • Jeff Francoeur infield single to second scored Melky Cabrera. On the play, Mitch Maier advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Hosmer due up.

    Royals 13, Rockies 8  Top 7, 2 OutsJul 3 5:51 PM


  • Carlos Gonzalez two-out, three-run Home Run (13) to left scored Ty Wigginton and Ryan Spilborghs. Mark Ellis due up.

    Royals 12, Rockies 8  Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 3 5:34 PM


  • Eric Hosmer singled to center scored Jeff Francoeur. Runner on first with one out and Blake Wood due up.

    Royals 12, Rockies 5  Top 6, 1 OutJul 3 5:17 PM


  • Jeff Francoeur doubled to center scored Melky Cabrera and Mitch Maier. Runner on second with one out and Eric Hosmer due up.

    Royals 11, Rockies 5  Top 6, 1 OutJul 3 5:16 PM


  • Melky Cabrera doubled to left scored Chris Getz. Runner on second with one out and Alex Gordon due up.

    Royals 9, Rockies 5  Top 6, 1 OutJul 3 5:11 PM


  • Chris Getz singled to left scored Alcides Escobar. On the play, Getz advanced to second on the throw. Runner on second with one out and Melky Cabrera due up.

    Royals 8, Rockies 5  Top 6, 1 OutJul 3 5:10 PM


  • Alcides Escobar doubled to right scored Mike Moustakas. Runner on second with none out and Brayan Pena due up.

    Royals 7, Rockies 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 3 5:06 PM
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  • Carlos Gonzalez doubled to right scored Ty Wigginton, Matt Pagnozzi and Ryan Spilborghs. Runner on second with one out and Mark Ellis due up.

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  • Chris Getz bunted into a fielder's choice, catcher to short scored Mike Moustakas. Luke Hochevar out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Melky Cabrera due up.

    Royals 6, Rockies 0  Top 4, 2 OutsJul 3 4:10 PM


  • Alcides Escobar grounded out second to first. On the play, Mike Moustakas advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Luke Hochevar due up.

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  • Melky Cabrera one-out, three-run Home Run 2 (11) to right scored Alcides Escobar and Chris Getz. Alex Gordon due up.

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  • Alex Gordon grounded out pitcher to first. None on with two outs and Jeff Francoeur due up.

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