|Shields: 4-hit SHO|
While James Shields was limiting the Giants to five hits for their third loss in a row, his complete game victory gave the Royals their sixth straight win, and, coupled with Detroit's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Toronto, Kansas City finds itself just 1 1/2 games back of the AL Central leaders.
Shields was electric, yielding four hits and a walk, while fanning five, posting his first complete game and shutout of the season. Improving to 11-6, the Royals hope he retains his good form down the stretch. In 2011, Shields tossed 11 complete games and four shutouts with the Rays, so the back class is there. He has not had a losing record since 2010.
|Peralta: Heating up|
The Royals will go for their seventh straight and the series sweep when they host the Giants Sunday at 2:10 pm EDT.
Rookie David Peralta of the Arizona Diamondbacks is making up for lost time, and may be making a late bid for NL rookie of the year.
Peralta, who's been patrolling the Arizona outfield for the past two months since being called up from AA Mobile in the Southern League, mashed a grand slam in a nine-run eighth inning as the Diamondbacks stung the Rockies, 14-4, taking a 2-0 lead in their three-game series which concludes Sunday at 4:10 pm EDT.
Peralta also doubled and singled in five at-bats, driving in five runs and scoring twice. It was his sixth multiple-hit game in his last 10, raising his batting average to a crisp, .321, with five home runs and 29 RBI.
In his first season in the majors, the 27-year-old Venezuelan is making the most of it.