Gordon's homer was one of three on the night, one each from the Royals' three left-handed hitters in the lineup. Eric Hosmer tied the game at 1 in the second with his sixth of the season, while Mike Moustakas gave Kansas City a brief 5-4 lead in the seventh with his fourth.
"It's huge," manager Ned Yost said. "Now that it's finally showing itself, the power that we've got, it's big. Because you don't have to mass together two or three or four singles to score a run. Anytime you can hit homers, it's a nice little tool to have in your belt."
The Royals still entered Tuesday ranked 13th in the AL in home runs. And they lead the league in bullpen ERA. So that's still the strength of the team.