Jeremy Guthrie (4-2) pitched six scoreless innings, struck out three, and walked two as the Kansas City Royals cruised to a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in front of over 30,000 at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The win ensured the Royals moved to 26-14 on the season – a franchise record after 40 games – and cemented their lead at the top of the American League Central, courtesy of victory in both Interleague matches against the Reds.
Guthrie’s efforts also aided the Royals to tie another franchise best with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a streak stretching back to the beginning of Sunday’s game with the New York Yankees.
Jason Marquis (3-4) opened proceedings for the Reds but was replaced after conceding four runs inside the first four innings.
A 10th double of the year for Eric Hosmer helped the Royals take the lead in the second and a grounder in the fourth allowed Mike Moustakas to score – marking Hosmer’s 30th RBI of 2015. Kendrys Morales’ sacrifice fly also meant Hosmer could reach home in the same inning.
Moustakas continued his hot run with the bat, going 3-for-4 with three singles, taking his season tally to 51 hits and his batting average to .342.
Alex Gordon’s sacrifice fly scored Homer in the second but his night will be remembered for his catch on Todd Frazier in the fifth which saw him crash into the left field wall.
The Royals added further pain with two more runs off of Raisel Iglesias in the eighth inning, but by then the Reds looked a spent force, as they slipped to 18-22 on the year.
After a day off tomorrow, the Royals will return to action on Friday evening when they open a three-game I-70 series against the St Louis Cardinals. Chris Young (3-0) will be on the mound, fresh from a win over the Yankees last Friday.
The Reds also have a break and will be back on the diamond on the Friday evening, as they take the trip to play the Cleveland Indians.