KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There's been so much talk about Mike Moustakas at the plate that the third baseman ignored the conversation Wednesday — even after doing something positive.
Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning to account for Kansas City's only runs, and Jason Vargas and the Royals' bullpen made the meager offense work in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies that completed a two-game sweep.
Afterward, reporters peppered Moustakas with a series of questions about his decisive double, and each time he responded that Vargas pitched a great game.
Moustakas steadfastly refused to address his own hit.
"It's a big game for us against a great team. Feels good to go out there and get a W with the way that Vargas pitched," said Moustakas, who entered the game hitting .147 on the year.
Moustakas did answer questions about his slumping performance during a lengthy session with reporters the previous day. But he was downright defiant when he was approached on Wednesday.
He did talk about a nice play he made on defense, when he teamed with catcher Salvador Perez to pick off Charlie Culberson at third. The out came with the outcome still in the balance.
"Moose coming up clutch was huge," said Vargas, who was perfectly willing to talk about the game's biggest hit. "A big chance to put them in a hole early and we did."
Meanwhile, Vargas (4-1) did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and did not allow a run until Drew Stubbs belted a two-run homer to left in the seventh.
Louis Coleman got the Royals out of the inning without any more damage, and Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect eighth. Greg Holland then pitched a shaky ninth for his 10th save.
After giving up a one-out single to Carlos Gonzalez and walking Nolan Arenado, Holland got Justin Morneau to hit a grounder to second. The ball was fielded cleanly and Kansas City got the runner there, but Morneau barely beat the throw to first base to keep the game going.
Holland promptly struck out Stubbs to leave the tying run on third.
"I think we've hit a little bump in the road here offensively," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's safe to say that we're struggling a little bit offensively. We've got to go back home and get it going again. No doubt about it, we've hit a little a little slide offensively."