Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, including a 3-run HR, backing Luis Mendoza’s seven strong innings in his first start of the season.
Alex Gordon hit his third leadoff homerun of the year, his 23rd, and the Royals never looked back. Hosmer’s 18th HR of the year in the Royals six-run fourth inning blew the game open and gave Mendoza (1-0) his first win, 10-2, in three seasons.
Hosmer’s five-hit game was the first of his career and the first by a Royal since Billy Butler on July 27, 2009. Hosmer’s batting average has increased 32 points in September and is now batting .300.
The Royals offense pounded out 16 hits and have now recorded 12 hits or more in 7 straight games.
Hosmer wasn’t the only one raking, as fellow rookie Sal Perez went 3-for-3 with his third HR of the season and is hitting .339 and Melky Cabrera also recorded three hits.
Mendoza recorded his first win since August 3, 2008 when he was with the Texas Rangers with two runs, one earned on six hits in seven strong innings. He walked three and struck out three in his first outing as a Royal since a relief appearance on April 19, 2010.
Mendoza had a strong campaign at AAA Omaha this year, going 12-5 and a league-best 2.18 ERA.
The Royals (68-87) will play their final home game today against Detroit with a chance to finish the season with a winning home record (41-40).
Felipe Paulino, 1-0, 2.63 ERA this year in three starts vs. Detroit, will take the mound against former Missouri Tigers Max Scherzer.
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