DENVER (AP) — Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help streaking Kansas City knock off Colorado, 7-4.
James Shields pitched six solid innings to get the win for the Royals, who have won 21 of 26.
Rookie Tyler Matzek (2-9) came into Tuesday with a 9.60 ERA in August, ran into trouble in the seventh. Matzek got the first two outs before allowing a pinch-hit single to Josh Willingham and walking Nori Aoki.
Adam Ottavino came on and gave up consecutive doubles to Infante and Salvador Perez to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.
The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth off Colorado’s bullpen. Infante had a two-run double with the bases loaded.
Shields (12-6) allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out six. Greg Holland threw one pitch to record his 39th save in 40 chances.