Royals slugger Mike Moustakas didn’t care to get caught up in a debate concerning whether or not his latest home run landed in the waters of McCovey Cove.
With Kansas City finally finding a comfortable groove after a rocky start to the season, Moustakas is thinking big picture.
Moustakas hit his 18th home run leading off the second inning, Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain followed with back-to-back shots in the third and the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.
The win was Kansas City’s fourth straight and left the Royals at 30-34 – not bad for a ballclub that was nine games under .500 one month into the season.
Moustakas, one of Kansas City’s top hitters over the past two weeks, stayed hot with his home run off former Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto (5-6) that initially appeared to land in McCovey Cove. Officials later determined that the ball landed on a walkway and bounced into the water.
It was the fifth homer in 12 games for Moustakas, who is already just four shy of his career-high.
Bonifacio finished with two hits and three RBIs, Whit Merrifield added three hits and three runs while Alcides Escobar singled three times to help Jason Hammel end an eight-game winless stretch on the road that dated to 2016.
Hammel (3-6) allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to beat the Giants for the first time in 12 starts. The right-hander gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked one.
Bonifacio homered in the third after Merrifield opened the inning with a bunt single. Two pitches later, Cain lined an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left-center that put the Royals up 4-0.
Cueto struggled in his first appearance against his former team since signing with San Francisco after helping Kansas City to the 2015 World Series. He allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
Kansas City has scored seven or more runs in each of its last four games, all wins.