Alex Gordon hits home run, a rarity for the Royals (GIF)

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The Kansas City Royals are now up to a robust 25 home runs in 2014 as a team.

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Alex Gordon, a productive hitter on a Royals team that otherwise struggles to put points on the board, blasted a solo home run in the seventh inning of this one to give his team the lead and propel them to a rare outburst that resulted in a six run lead.

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This shot came off St. Louis Cardinals’ starter Shelby Miller, who might be just as confusing as a player as the Royals are as a team. Just when it looked like Miller looked worthy of the high expectations thrust upon him as a prospect, he has been solid though inconsistent under that pressure. The same can be said for the disappointing Royals the last few seasons.

Speaking of disappointment, Mike Moustakas made his return to the Royals’ lineup in this game. He delivered an RBI double of his own in his first game back from a demotion to Triple-A, something the team will desperately hope is a sign of good things to come.

The Royals’ season has reached an impasse. If they are going to contend they need to start stringing together wins between now and July. Otherwise they will face a tough decision about whether or not to be sellers at the trade deadline in the midst of a plan that was focused on winning now.