Royals begin series in Chicago with win

The KC Royals ended their four-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over Chicago. Royals fans were out in full force, as they took over Wrigley Field.

The Royals offense, which had been in a slumber, awoke in a big way.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

They hit three solo home runs in three of the first four innings against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Arrieta had only allowed three homers all season. Alcides Escobar hit the first pitch of the game out of the park. Alex Gordon hit his sixth homer of the season in the second. Salvador Perez hit a two out homer in the fourth.

The Cubs also hit the long ball. Starter Edinson Volquez left with two outs in the sixth after allowing a two out, two-run home run to Jorge Soler to cut the deficit to 4-3. Ryan Madson came in and threw two pitches to get the final out of the inning.

Kelvin Herrera was next and he allowed a game-tying homer with one out in the seventh to Addison Russell. It could have been worse, but he got out of the jam.

The Royals offense went right back to work in the top of the eighth. It started with a leadoff walk. Lorenzo Cain followed with an RBI double to give the Royals back the lead. With two out and two runners on base, Omar Infante lifted a sinking liner to center. Dexter Fowler both missed it, then booted it and fell down, allowing both runners to score.

Then Wade Davis and Greg Holland did what they do and struck out five of the six batters they faced on just 23 total pitches over the final two innings.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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