At this rate, the Royals need to add some more promotions to their schedule.

A Western Carolina night for Greg Holland. Cal State Fullerton day for Christian Colon. Southwest Mississippi Community College weekend for Jarrod Dyson.

The college promotions continued to pay off Saturday as the Royals stayed red-hot with a 5-0 triumph over the Giants in front of 35,114 at Kauffman Stadium.

The game’s opening run came courtesy of an Alex Gordon home run that soared over the wall in right-center in the fifth inning.

That’s Gordon, a former Nebraska All-American, going deep on Nebraska night.

“I go deep all the time, what are you talking about?” Gordon joked when asked if the red-clad fans at Kauffman Stadium provided extra juice. “It was a good crowd. It energized all the players.”

College night also worked for relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a former MU Tiger who got a save on Missouri night last month.

Of course, when James Shields pitches the way he did Saturday, that’s the best promotion the Royals can offer.

Shields was masterly in pitching the ninth shutout of his career and first in his two seasons in Kansas City. He surrendered four hits, struck out five and walked one. He completed the gem by freezing Pablo Sandoval on a strikeout to end the game.

Shields’ best moment came in the eighth inning after he surrendered a leadoff double to Joe Panik. Shields got some nice defense from Gordon, who tracked Travis Ishikawa’s line drive, and from Mike Moustakas, who went to his left and snared Matt Duffy’s grounder. Shields took care of Angel Pagan himself with a strikeout.