DENVER (AP) - The Kansas City Royals finally got it done at the plate. The mound was another story.
Alex Gordon had four of Kansas City's 13 hits but Kyle Davies was knocked around in a 9-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
The Royals' six runs matched their total from the previous four games combined, and Jeff Francoeur's run-scoring triple in the third snapped Kansas City's scoreless streak at 17 innings
``For us to come out swinging the bats was nice for us,' Francoeur said. ``Hopefully that's something that can get us going.'
Brayan Pena and Aicides Escobar also had two hits apiece for Kansas City, but Davies lasted just three innings in his first start since May 16. The right-hander had been sidelined by right rotator cuff inflammation.
``I didn't get the ball down very well tonight,' Davies said. ``A lot of line drives, they put the ball in play. I never got the ball down to knee high and they made be pay for it. (My) velocity was fine, and the arm felt fine, I just needed to get the ball lower in the strike zone.'
Davies (1-7) allowed seven runs, four earned, and eight hits, dropping to 0-6 with an 8.25 ERA in his last six starts.
``He had good velocity on his fastball. He missed on some pitches,' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ``A lot of damage on the fastball the first two innings. He wasn't extremely sharp.'
Mark Ellis had three doubles in his second game with Colorado, and Troy Tulowitzki homered for the third straight game. Ellis, acquired in a trade with Oakland on Thursday, had three hits and three RBIs in his Colorado debut Friday night, a 9-0 win over the Royals.
Davies hurt himself with a throwing error during Colorado's six-run second inning. Seth Smith had two hits and Ellis drove in a pair of runs with a double as the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate while building a 7-0 lead.
Wilson Betemit hit a three-run drive in the fourth for Kansas City's first pinch-hit homer since Gordon had one at Seattle on Aug. 8.
``That's the most I've seen the dugout jump and move in about a week,' Francoeur said. ``We needed that.'
Gordon hit his 10th homer in the fifth and singled home Melky Cabrera in the ninth but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
``Gordo had a great night with four knocks but we swung the bats better,' Yost said. ``Six runs was better than it has been and that's a good sign. Trying to dig out of a hole early, that trend continued.'
NOTES: Gordon's four-hit game was his second of the season and fifth of his career. ... The Royals signed Elier Hernandez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The deal includes a $3.05 million signing bonus, a franchise record for an international player other than a Cuban defector. ... Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar, a Denver native, will make his Coors Field debut Sunday. ... The Royals optioned OF Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A Omaha.
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