- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Ned Yost never has a bad birthday, but a win helps make the occasion much more special.

Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help the streaking Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.

It also brought a smile to Yost, who turned 60.

“For 35 years I’ve always thought I’ve been a winner on every one of my birthdays because I’m with a group of guys I really like and have fun being around,” he said. “But when you win the game it makes it that much more sweeter.”

The Royals have been celebrating a lot lately. Since dropping two games below .500 on July 21 they have won 22 of 27 to move two games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.

They even won with ace James Shields not having his best stuff.

“It was a grind day. It was one of those days where I didn’t have my good stuff at all,” he said. “You’re going to go through days like that and you battle through it.”

Shields pitched six solid innings to get the win for the Royals, who are a major league best 15-4 in interleague play.

It took a while but they did get to Colorado rookie Tyler Matzek in the seventh.

Matzek (2-9) came into Tuesday with a 9.60 ERA in August but was having his best outing since blanking Pittsburgh over seven innings on July 26 when he ran into trouble with two outs in the seventh. Matzek got the first two outs before allowing a pinch-hit single to Josh Willingham and walking Nori Aoki.

Adam Ottavino came on and gave up consecutive doubles to Infante and Salvador Perez to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.

“It was a great at-bat. Ottavino was throwing hard, good slider,” Billy Butler said. “It woke me up. He had good stuff and Omar stepped up.”

The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth off Colorado’s bullpen. Infante had a two-run double with the bases loaded.

It was the second time in his career he has had three doubles in a game. The last time, May 27, 2004, came against the Royals when he was playing for Detroit.

“Omar’s swing is so simple, it’s not a lot of moving parts,” Yost said. “He can get on a streak in a hurry.”

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