KANSAS CITY -- Even with the verdict already in, Royals All-Stars keep on making their cases for candidacy.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar and left fielder Alex Gordon, each voted as starters for the All-Star Game by fans, were both instrumental in the Royals' 7-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday in the nightcap of day-night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium.
In the sixth inning, Escobar battled Rays reliever Brandon Gomes for 10 pitches -- strike, strike, ball, ball, foul, foul, foul, ball, foul, foul -- before driving one up the left-field line for a bases-clearing double that pushed Kansas City ahead, 4-1.
"When I go over there, no one is going to say 11 pitches, just looking for one good pitch," Escobar said. "That's the best at-bat right now for me in the entire season."
Added manager Ned Yost: "For me, it was worth the price of admission. I mean, I don't know what else to say. That was worth the ticket price alone to see that at-bat."
Escobar then scored in the next at-bat on Gordon's second RBI single of the game to make it 5-1.
Gordon added a two-run double deep to left in the eighth inning, which was the 10th time in his career that he recorded four hits in a game. Adding his three hits from Game 1, Gordon also set a career high for hits in a single day with seven.
"I just felt comfortable, my swing felt more loose today, a lot more freer," said Gordon, who was plunked on the right hand earlier in the day in the Royals' 9-5 walk-off win, but X-rays came back negative. "I was just seeing the ball a lot better, letting it get deep and driving the ball the other way, which I feel like I haven't been doing as much this year."
Gordon finished the nightcap 4-for-5 with four RBIs, while Escobar went 2-for-4 with another single in the eighth and three RBIs.
Jordan Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.