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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- James Shields logged his 1,500th career strikeout and tossed seven strong innings, and the Kansas City Royals topped the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Tuesday night to open a nine-game homestand.

The right-hander struck out the side in the sixth, including Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the second out and the 1,500th of his career.

Shields (5-4) limited the Rockies to one run on five singles while striking out eight and walking none. He allowed a total of one run and 12 hits in 14 innings while beating Colorado and the San Diego Padres in his past two starts.

The Rockies entered the game hitting a major-league-leading .302, but they mustered little offense against Shields, Wade Davis and Aaron Crow, who combined to strike out 12.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer and catcher Salvador Perez added a solo blast off Franklin Morales (3-3). The Colorado left-hander exited after five innings and 99 pitches, only 55 for strikes. He permitted four runs on eight hits and four walks, and he didn't record a strikeout.

Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar drove in the final run in the eighth when his groundout scored pinch runner Pedro Ciriaco.

Both starting pitchers weaved their way into and out of trouble early.

Morales yielded a single to right fielder Nori Aoki and walked designated hitter Billy Butler in the first inning before coaxing Perez to roll into an inning-ending double play.

Shields threw 14 pitches to Carlos Gonzalez before the Rockies left fielder looped a single to shallow center to start the second. Gonzalez stopped at second on third baseman Nolan Arenado's single to left. Shields got out of that mess when first baseman Justin Morneau hit into a double play.

The Royals got on the scoreboard in the second, when Escobar's two-out single scored second baseman Johnny Giavotella.

The Rockies tied it in the fourth when Morneau's two-out single scored shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Cain homered with third baseman Danny Valencia aboard in the fourth to put the Royals up 3-1. It was Cain's first home run since July 4, a span of 206 at-bats between home runs.

Perez homered to left in the fifth, hiking the Kansas City advantage to 4-1.

NOTES: The Royals placed 2B Omar Infante on the disabled list, retroactive to May 7, due to a lower-back disk irritation. They promoted INF Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .305 in 19 games. ... The Rockies activated INF Josh Rutledge from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Colorado RHP Jhoulys Chacin will make his third start Wednesday after missing the first month of the season with a shoulder strain. The Royals will counter with LHP Jason Vargas, who threw seven scoreless innings at Seattle to win his previous start. ... The flags were at half-mast to honor former Missouri Gov. Joseph Teasdale, who died Thursday.
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