The Royals scored seven runs in a three-inning span to earn their third consecutive win, a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in front of an announced 16,616 in the first game of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.
The Royals pitching staff, recorded their sixth shutout of the season, and their first since June 18th against Oakland.
Royals center fielder Michael A. Taylor went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs, all with two outs, while left fielder Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with a stolen base, a bunt single and two runs scored.
Meanwhile, rookie designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino (2 for 4, walk) also had two hits for the Royals (39-57) as did second baseman Whit Merrifield, who became the 16th player in Kansas City Royals history to score 500 runs in his career.
The offense took a while to get going, but when they did, there was no stopping them. This third straight win in their current five-game homestand is an encouraging sign for the team coming out of the All-Star Break.
The Royals have gone 8-3 at Kauffman Stadium in the month of July, as opposed to 4-7 on the road. They’ve won almost as many games at home alone as they have in the entire month of May (both home and away, when they went 9-20).
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