As the ball jumped off Alex Gordon’s bat and rose toward the right-field seats, the relief could be felt throughout Kauffman Stadium. On the field. In the dugout. And in the grandstands. They all exhaled when Gordon’s three-run shot broke open the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and snapped the club’s streak of seven games without a home run, the longest dry spell to open a season in franchise history. The Royals, never a team known for power, had gone the first four games without a home run five times in their history, but not since 1993. But on a warm April day, with the winds blowing out at 16 mph, Gordon muscled up in a five-run fifth inning against former Royal Jake Odorizzi, 1-1, eliciting a large cheer and exhale from the announced matinee crowd of 13,612 for the conclusion of the season-opening homestand. Gordon’s blast enabled starter Jeremy Guthrie, 2-0, to continue his April mastery. Guthrie, who worked the first seven innings, is now undefeated in his last eight April starts, dating to 2012 when he was with Colorado. Since then, he has gone 6-0 in the month. The win gave the Royals, 4-4, their second straight series win on the season-opening homestand, having taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox and the Rays.
Gordon, Guthrie, Giavotella spark Royals’ 7-3 win over Rays
Kansas City Star | Apr 10