House notches first big league win, Tribe defeats Royals, 7-3
Indians snap four game home losing streak with much needed victory
CLEVELAND—It couldn’t have been a more overdue House warming party.
Tossing 6 2/3 innings in a quality effort, Tribe starter T.J. House (1-2, 4.24 ERA) notched his first big league victory as the Indians took down the Royals Saturday night, 7-3 to even up the three-game weekend series.
“I got rolled in the bathroom in this little cart,” House said after the game. “They rolled me in there and gave me a little shower. It was nice, I enjoyed that.”
Holding Kansas City to three runs on nine hits, the Cleveland southpaw finally picks up his first major league win in just his second start at Progressive Field.
“It feels great,” House said. “The time came and it was the right time, at home and in front of the fans. I like that.”
It wasn’t all that easy though early on. Five pitches into the ballgame, the Royals grabbed a quick one run lead on an RBI groundout by first baseman Eric Hosmer.
But it would be two big three run innings in the third and fifth innings for Cleveland that sealed Kansas City’s fate on this night.
Center fielder Michael Bourn continued his hot hitting, getting his team on the board in the third with a solo homer to right field off K.C. starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-7. 4.02 ERA). Over his last nine games, Bourn is now hitting .294 (10-for-34) with three doubles, two triples, one homer and three RBI.
Guthrie would last just four innings Saturday, yielding six runs on 11 hits in his shortest start since June 21, 2013.
The Tribe offense was at it again the fifth, as back-to-back singles by Carlos Santana and Kipnis set the stage for Nick Swisher to bring home two runs on a two-run single. It would be no bueno even after Royals manager Ned Yost went to his bullpen for reliever Francisley Bueno. David Murphy raked an RBI base-hit to left field to tack on another insurance run late.
After the game, the storyline continued to center around House who tossed his second straight quality start of his rookie season.
“My job is to just go out there and give the team a chance to win,” House said. “Whether I get the W or the team gets the W, it doesn't matter to me, I just want to win ball games when I'm out there.”
In seven major league starts, the left-hander has looked better each time he steps on the rubber. The only big hit House served up was a leadoff homer to Danny Valencia in the seventh.
“Guys are going to get hits and hit home runs,” he said. “They get paid a lot of money to do that. My job is to limit that. I'm definitely learning through experience. When you get put in those situations, you have to learn through it. You make mistakes and now I know next time I can't do that to that person in that situation.”
Despite some damage and hard it balls, House had himself one memorable night.
“They brought me four baseballs and they're getting me the lineup card,” he said. “That's going right home. They're going to put that up. I'm sure my mom's going to be proud to have that.”
Right-hander Bryan Shaw recorded 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of House before closer Cody Allen tossed a scoreless ninth to secure a much needed victory for the Wahoos, having dropped eight of their last 12 coming into the contest.
Cleveland (42-44) moves up a game on first place Detroit with the victory, now sitting seven games back behind the Tigers in the American League Central standings.
Up next for Indians: The Tribe looks to take series in the rubber match against K.C. Sunday afternoon. Corey Kluber (7-6, 2.99 ERA) gets the start against Royals lefty Danny Duffy (5-7, 2.60 ERA) at 1:05 p.m.
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