Gordon Breaks Home Run Drought as Royals Defeat Rays

Published 04/09 2014 09:01PM

Updated 04/09 2014 11:38PM

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) No Royals team has gone longer without a home run to start the season than the 2014 version.

That ended Wednesday as Alex Gordon's fifth-inning blast made Kansas City the last team in the majors to leave the yard and highlighted a 7-3 win over the Rays to end the team's first homestand. 

The homer, which drove in three runs, capped off a five-run inning and matched Gordon's career-high of 4 RBI. 

Desmond Jennings stuck the first blow in the fourth with a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie (2-0). It was the only run given up by the right-hander, who struck out four batters over seven innings.

Gordon's first RBI put Kansas City (4-4) on top 2-1 in the fourth after Billy Butler's groundout allowed Johnny Giavotella to score the tying run.

Giavotella, who was called up in place of the injured Omar Infante earlier Wedesday, drove in his own run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. 

Nori Aoki plated Lorenzo Cain for the inning's other run with a triple. 

Jake Odirizzi (1-1), who was part of the deal that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City, surrendered 10 hits and all seven runs while striking out four over five frames.

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