KANSAS CITY -- This is how you win Gold Glove Awards.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, a four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner and the Platinum Glove winner last year, once again wowed observers with a did-you-see-that catch in the fourth inning of a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Trevor Plouffe, who already had doubled and scored in the first, looked like he had another double, ripping a liner toward the left-center-field gap. But Gordon raced over and dived to spear the liner and he face-planted on the sod.
"Well, I don't have the speed that [Lorenzo] Cain or [Jarrod] Dyson have, so I have to dive for those balls," Gordon said. "I thought I got a good jump and he [Plouffe] is a guy with a lot of extra-base hits so you shade him a little differently."
Gordon helped out the Royals' offense by belting a game-tying homer over the right-field-wall in the fifth off former teammate Ervin Santana.
"I thought for sure it would hook foul, normally that's what I do," Gordon said. "But that one stayed in. That felt great."
Gordon was at it again on defense in the ninth by robbing Plouffe of another hit with a sliding catch.
That's what Gold Glove winners do.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.