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Eric Hosmer hopes to build on 4-hit night

The Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) follows through on a single in the first inning of Friday's baseball game at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) follows through on a single in the first inning of Friday's baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The last few weeks haven't been smooth sailing for Eric Hosmer, but he's hoping that Friday night's four-hit performance could be a turning point out of his slump.

"Obviously big for me," Hosmer said of his night. "It's been a tough homestand, and you get a night like this and it's really big."

Hosmer was 4-4 with three singles and roped a double off the right field wall in the fifth inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost put Hosmer's night in simple terms.

"When he's swinging the bat well, he's getting hits, he's driving the ball," Yost said. "When he's not, he's rolling over balls."

Since missing a three-game series against the Astros two weeks ago to nurse a bad finger, Hosmer had hit .219 with seven strikeouts in 32 plate appearances and entered Friday night hitting .283.

Now, Hosmer looks to use this game, that almost didn't happen because of a two-hour plus rain delay, as a springboard to break his slump and get back to the form that saw him hitting over .300 as late as June 19.

"A four-hit night is big for anybody," Hosmer said. "Like we said, we're glad we got this game in with a win."

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