Gordon's homer came in the top of the 11th against Donnie Veal. Jarrod Dyson led off the inning with an infield single, then stole second base. A throwing error by Josh Phegley allowed Dyson to advance to third, putting the outfielder in position to score on a shallow flyball.
Gordon decided to steal the glory for himself, hitting a shot to dead-center for his 10th home run off the season. The homer excited the fanbase, none more so than Kevin Scobee of Kings of Kauffman:
I LOVE YOU ALEX MOVE TO CALIFORNIA LETS MAKE THIS SHIT OFFICIAL— Kevin Scobee (@scobes15) July 28, 2013
Dyson saved the game in the bottom of the tenth inning with a great play of his own. Tim Collins was facing Alejandro De Aza with two outs in the bottom of the 11th with Blake Tekotte on second base. De Aza smacked a single up the middle, but Dyson made a perfect throw to home plate, easily gunning down Tekotte to keep the game going.
The outfielder made an impressive catch in deep centerfield earlier in the game; the Royals defense continues to help this pitching staff save runs.
Bruce Chen turned in a quality start, allowing two runs on three hits over six frames. Chen surrendered an RBI single to Paul Konerko and a solo home run to Adam Dunn, but otherwise kept the slumping White Sox offense in check.
David Lough plated Alcides Escobar with a single in the first, while Miguel Tejada lined an RBI-double in the fourth. The Royals offense was otherwise ineffective until the Gordon game-winner. Tejada and Dyson both had multi-hit games, while Lough, Escobar and Eric Hosmer each had a single.
Kansas City has now win six straight games, and is 8-2 since the All-Star break. The Royals are 51-51 on the season, but still trail the Detroit Tigers by 7 games in the AL Central.
I don't want to overreact to the recent win streak, as the team still has a ways to go, but they have been fun to watch over the past 10 games. I still don't see them securing a playoff spot, but the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets up next on the schedule, I see no harm in dreaming a little bit. Either way, I plan to enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts and hope you do as well.