Among other things, Shields struck out the side in the sixth, making the especially dangerous Troy Tulowitzki the 1,500th strikeout victim of his career. It was Shields' fifth win in his last six starts. That earned Shields another ovation as he walked to the dugout. Shields was working against a team that, at that moment, was leading the universe, or at least Major League Baseball, in virtually every hitting department. You name it average, .301; runs, 230; homers, 57; on-base percentage, .349, and on and on. Alcides Escobar added a pair of RBIs, and relievers Wade Davis and Aaron Crow wrapped up the win for the Royals, who were opening a nine-game homestand their longest so far this season.