KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have been playing more than their share of close games with 60 of their first 108 games decided by one or two runs.
That was not the case Monday night.
The Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night.
The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs.
"Quite frankly tonight was probably the least stressful game that we've played all year long," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was literally a stress-free game. It was a combination of good pitching, solid defense and great hitting. Jeremy made it look easy. Six runs in the second was huge. That's a big cushion right there."
Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his earned run average to 3.94.
The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one.
"Unfortunately I've had big leads and have not pitched as well," Guthrie said. "So I probably stayed focused. Runs can really pile up in a hurry, so even with a 6-to-nothing lead, I felt though I was pitching with a two- or three-run lead, trying to avoid a leadoff hit and a drive because this team the guys can drive it. They've got some hitters throughout that can do damage if you lose focus."
The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run second inning, which was highlighted by Mike Moustakas and Hosmer stroking two-run singles. Moustakas collected two hits in the inning.
White Sox 8, Yankees 1
At Chicago, Alex Rodriguez blooped a single into left field in his first at-bat of the season, hours after being hit with a long suspension.
It was a nice start for the embattled slugger, but that was it. The finish belonged to the Chicago White Sox.
New York's Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list because of a strained right calf and Andy Pettitte (7-9) got knocked out early. Alex Rios drove in four runs, Alexei Ramirez added four hits and Jose Quintana (6-3) pitched into the seventh for the White Sox.
Tigers 4, Indians 2
At Cleveland, Alex Avila's three-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez rallied Detroit to its ninth straight win.
The Tigers were three outs away from having their lead in the AL Central cut to two games before their comeback against Perez (4-2), who had converted 11 consecutive save opportunities.
Astros 2, Red Sox 0
At Houston, Brett Oberholtzer threw seven shutout innings, and L.J. Hoes scored twice to lead Houston over Boston.
Oberholtzer (2-0) allowed four hits while walking two and striking out two. In his first two career starts, Oberholtzer has thrown 14 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits.
Hoes and Jonathan Villar each had two hits for the Astros, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 1
At Seattle, Mark DeRosa's pinch-hit, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Toronto and R.A. Dickey a victory over Seattle.
Dickey (9-11) went 72/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits. The knuckleballer struck out five and walked two to earn his first win since July 1. Casey Janssen worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5), who pitched 71/3 innings, took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out two and walked a season-high three.
Rangers 5, Angels 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Adrian Beltre homered, Martin Perez pitched into the seventh inning, and Texas beat Los Angeles after losing All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to a 50-game suspension.
Jurickson Profar had a run-scoring hit for Texas, which has won seven of eight to move within two games of AL West leader Oakland.
After Cruz spoke about his doping suspension in a pregame meeting, the Rangers uniformly stood behind their longtime teammate. David Murphy took over in right field for Cruz, scoring two runs but also misplaying two balls.
Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2
At St. Louis, Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single, helping Los Angeles win its 15th straight on the road.
Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds' 15-game run in 1957. They're two wins shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants.
Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 61/3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth.
Braves 3, Nationals 2
At Washington, Justin Upton led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and the NL East-leading Braves extended their winning streak to a season-high 11 games by beating the fading Nationals.
Freddie Freeman drove in Atlanta's first two runs with a pair of singles in the third and fifth. Reliever David Carpenter (3-0) earned the win by retiring all five batters he faced.
Upton's 20th homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard (6-2), who replaced Stephen Strasburg to begin the eighth.
Giants 4, Brewers 2
At San Francisco, Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur's broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Giants' victory over the Brewers.
Brandon Belt had three hits for the Giants, who won for the fourth time in six games. Hunter Pence walked three times and stole two bases.
Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched the eighth for the win, while John Axford (4-5) took the loss. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Juan Francisco hit a home run and drove in two for the Brewers, who have lost four of five. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy each had two hits.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin gave up a run on four hits over 61/3 innings. He walked four and struck out eight.