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Royals beam past Mets

August 4, 2013

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— Things are going so well for the Kansas City Royals these days they have even figured out how to turn the sun in their favor.

And on the road.

The Royals beat the New York Mets 6-2 on a sun-splashed Sunday, winning for the 11th time in 12 games and finishing a franchise-best 8-1 road trip.

Ervin Santana scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings, and Kansas City was helped by a pair of flyballs that Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd lost in the glare. Both came during a three-run fifth, with one falling for a double and the other glancing off his glove for an error.

“The sign of a good team is when there is mistakes made on the field, we take advantage,” said third baseman Mike Moustakas, who hit a solo homer. “That sun out there in right field was terrible. You saw outfielders on both teams struggling.

“Luckily we didn’t have as many flyballs hit over there.”

The Royals posted their best mark ever on a trip of at least nine games. They pulled out this series with two wins after losing the opener on Friday night on Eric Young Jr.’s game-ending homer in the 11th inning.

“It was a tough loss the first night,” outfielder Alex Gordon said. “A good team bounces back and forgets about it and comes out and wins the next two.”

Santana (8-6) has three wins and a no-decision in his past four starts, giving up a total of four earned runs. He is 5-1 since the beginning of June and has posted a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break.

“Keep the ball down, throw strikes, and that’s it,” he said. “That’s what I know I can do.”

Zack Wheeler (4-2) lost for the first time in six starts. He gave up four runs — three earned — and issued five walks, three to George Kottaras, in five innings. The light-hitting catcher was the only Royals player who batted not to have a hit. He also was struck by a pitch in going 0 for 1.

Notes: Royals manager Ned Yost said David Lough is playing at 80-85 percent. He won’t play the next two games. ... New York 2B Daniel Murphy moved back into his usual No. 2 spot after hitting No. 5 the previous two days. He also lost a ball in the sun. ... The Royals placed All-Star C Salvador Perez on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was struck in the mask by a foul ball Saturday. Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. RHP Wade Davis was placed on the family emergency list. LHP Will Smith was brought up from Omaha.

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