Gordon’s 4 hits lead Royals over Orioles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon matched his career-high with four hits and Yamaico Navarro drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 on Thursday night.

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run sixth inning to break open the game. The inning included eight hits with Navarro doubling home two runs and Chris Getz stroking a two-run single. Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler added run-producing singles in the inning.

The Royals had 17 hits with every starter having at least one. Gordon, Cabrera and Butler, the first three Kansas City hitters, combined to go 8-for-14 with six runs, two doubles and three RBIs.

Reliever Blake Wood (5-0) worked two hitless innings, walking two and striking out two, to pick up the victory.

Royals starter Jeff Francis, who pitched eight scoreless innings to beat Cleveland in his previous start, gave up four runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings before Wood replaced him.

Orioles rookie left-hander Zach Britton (6-9) again ran into difficulties in the first inning. Britton, who had allowed 13 runs in a combined one inning in his previous two starts, allowed three runs and three hits in the first. Two of the runs were unearned after his throwing error. Britton, who allowed six runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings, is 1-8 in his past 14 starts after starting the season 5-1.

Navarro, Butler and Jeff Francoeur, who had three hits, each drove in a run in the first.

J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles in the fifth inning, his 19th this season and the 100th of his career. Hardy, however, left after six innings with a sore left ankle.

Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis drove in the other Baltimore runs. Markakis and Wieters each had two hits and an RBI. Adam Jones doubled and singled for his seventh multi-hit game in his past 12.

Notes: IF Cesar Izturis, who went 3-for-10 with three RBI, two runs and two walks in three games on a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie, will join the Orioles today. He is on the 60-day DL after having right elbow surgery. “I’m excited,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We haven’t had him here in a while. He can do a lot things for us. We’ll be able to use him in a lot of ways. We’ll probably see a couple of new faces here the next few days.” ... Showalter said RHP Jake Arrieta, who is out with an elbow injury, is “likely going” on the DL. He is scheduled to be examined Wednesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum. ... Baltimore dropped to 0-8-2 in its 10 series. ... In four starts since the All-Star break, Royals RHP Luke Hochevar is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and holding opponents to a .198 batting average. He was 5-8 with a 5.46 ERA with opponents hitting .271 off him in his first 19 starts. ... RHP Tommy Hunter will make his first Baltimore start Friday against Toronto. He was acquired in a July 30 trade with Texas. ... RHP Felipe Paulino, who starts today for the Royals against Detroit, has struck out 42 and walked nine, two intentionally, in his past six starts.

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