Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/13
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Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer homered in a four-run fourth inning, Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively against his former team and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Gordon and Hosmer both connected against Freddy Garcia (0-1) with a runner on. It was Gordon's third home run in three games and Hosmer's first in 145 at-bats dating back to last year. Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid and averted being swept for the first time this season. The three home runs were a season high for Kansas City, which began the game with an AL-low 19 long balls. Facing the Orioles for the first time since they traded him to Colorado in February 2012, Guthrie (5-0) allowed one earned run, seven hits and three walks in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.28. During his five seasons with Baltimore, Guthrie won 47 games and started three times on opening day. The right-hander has been a star for the Roy...
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