KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeremy Guthrie tied a Royals record for consecutive unbeaten starts and Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar homered as the Kansas City routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Sunday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Guthrie (3-0) is 8-0 in his past 16 starts dating to Aug. 8. He tied Paul Splittorff's club record of 16 consecutive starts without a loss, set in 1977-78.
Guthrie allowed six hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five and walking three.
Justin Masterson (4-2) took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings, while striking out nine.
The Royals broke the game open with a three-run seventh when they batted around. The inning included Mike Moustakas drawing his third walk, this one with the bases loaded, and an Eric Hosmer RBI single.
Gordon homered in the eighth with Chris Getz aboard for the final Kansas City runs.
After Masterson struck out the first two batters in the second, he walked Moustakas, who was hitting .152, on four pitches. Jeff Francoeur and Jarrod Dyson, the next two batters, stroked run-producing doubles.
In the fourth, Masterson retired the first two batters before walking Moustakas on four pitches. Francoeur had an infield single and Dyson's single to center scored Moustakas.
Dyson's two-RBI game matched his career high, accomplished two other times.
Escobar homered to left in the fifth inning for his 500th career hit. He also drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder in the eighth.
Moustakas, Francoeur, Dyson and Getz, the bottom four of the Royals' batting order, combined to go 6-for-12 with four walks, two doubles, five runs and four RBIs.
The Indians, who were shut out for the third time this season, threatened in the sixth when Asdrubal Cabrera singled and Nick Swisher walked with one out, but Guthrie got out of it when Mark Reynolds grounded into a double play.
Notes: The Indians recalled catcher Yan Gomes and left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes from Class AAA Columbus. They placed catcher Lou Marson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. This is the second time season he was placed on the disabled list. ...Royals right-hander Ervin Santana is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in five starts. He began last season 0-5 with a 6.16 ERA in April for the Angels.