Both times, Chris Young tipped his lid toward his teammates. The gesture is normally reserved for saluting Kansas City’s stellar defense. But during Kansas City’s 7-2 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, Young was just acknowledging his own accomplishments.
Young cracked two hits and collected three RBIs at the plate and twirled seven shutout innings on the mound to lead the Royals to their second straight win. Kansas City now leads the American League Central by a season-high 3 1/2 games.
Young became the first Royals pitcher with three RBIs in a game since Steve Busby in 1972. His three RBIs are the most for an AL pitcher in a full season since Felix Hernandez had four in 2008. Young also became the first Royals starter to throw at least seven shutout innings and also record three-plus RBIs.
On the mound, Young allowed just five hits and steered clear of pressure until the seventh inning, his last. With one out, he gave up a double and a single. But Young struck out Jean Segura and Shane Peterson to end his night.
All nine starters had hits Tuesday as Kansas City banged 17 hits, tied for the second most this season. Five Royals had multi-hit games.