Royals 7, Orioles 3: Alex Gordon recorded his second career two-homer game and Salvador Perez went deep for the third time in four contests as visiting Kansas City overcame a 3-hour, 9-minute rain delay to topple Baltimore.
Billy Butler extended his career high with his 24th homer and Luis Mendoza (6-8) tossed six-plus solid innings. Eric Hosmer had an RBI single and Jeff Francoeur stole home in the sixth inning for the Royals, who have won eight of their last 12 games.
Baltimore's second loss in eight games dropped it one-half game behind Oakland and Tampa Bay and tied with Detroit in the congested American League wild-card race. The Orioles also fell into third place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games in back of New York.
After Gordon got Kansas City out of the blocks in a hurry with his fourth leadoff homer of the season, Perez deposited an inside fastball from Chris Tillman (5-2) just over the wall in left field for a two-run shot in the second inning. Perez's blast came in front of his parents, who made the trip from Wilmington, Del.
Gordon capped his team's scoring in the seventh inning by going to the opposite field for his ninth homer of the season. The two-homer game was his first since Sept. 2, 2007 against Minnesota.
Staked to an offensive explosion, Mendoza snapped a three-game road losing skid by posting his eighth quality start in 11 outings. Mendoza yielded an RBI double to rookie Manny Machado and a two-run single to Omar Quintanilla with no outs in the seventh inning before exiting the contest.
Tillman saw his four-game winning streak come to an end after permitting six runs on as many hits in 5 2/3 innings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Orioles unveiled a statue honoring Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray prior to the game. Flanked by former manager Earl Weaver and fellow Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., Murray is the fourth Baltimore great to have a statue made his honor. Frank Robinson, Weaver and Jim Palmer are the others - with Ripken (Sept. 6) and Brooks Robinson (Sept. 29) still to come. ... Royals OF Jarrod Dyson sat out Saturday's contest after suffering a mild left ankle sprain Friday.