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Royals trump the Indians 7-1, Tribe remains half game out

Royals trump the Indians 7-1, Tribe remains half game out
September 17, 2013
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Kansas City, MO – The Cleveland Indians’ offense could not craft more than one run on Monday night as the team fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-1.

Lefty Scott Kazmir (8-9, 4.34) picked his way through five innings of work as he fought to keep Cleveland in the game against Kansas City right-hander James Shields (12-9, 3.33).

The Royals struck first as Royals’ second baseman Emilio Bonifacio singled and swiped second with one out. Bonifacio advanced to third on a deep fly to center before scoring on a sharp single up the middle by designated hitter Billy Butler.

One more touched home for Kansas City in the third inning when first baseman Eric Hosmer blooped a one-out single to right. Catcher Salvador Perez followed with a two-out single to score left fielder Alex Gordon, who led off the inning with a strikeout, but reached base on a wild pitch third strike.

Cleveland finally found the scoreboard in their share of the fifth inning due to a solo home run by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. That was the Indians’ only offense as Shields shut them down through six innings.

Kazmir lasted five until he was replaced with reliever Matt Albers. Kazmir started the sixth inning, but relinquished a pair of consecutive triples for one run, setting the plate for Albers. Albers surrendered a single to pinch hitter David Lough, and a one-out error put runners on the corners. Albers was quickly replaced with lefty Nick Hagadone, and an error on behalf of Chisenhall allowed the third run of the inning to score.

Kansas City’s final pair of runs scored in the seventh inning on relievers Carlos Carrasco and Rich Hill. Carrasco went first and Butler greeted him with a lead-off single. A force play retired Butler at second, leaving Perez at first. A single by Lough pushed Perez to third, which ended the day for Carrasco. Hill took the mound and did not fare well as he yielded two straight singles that equated the Royals’ 7-1 lead.

That was all the Kansas City bullpen needed as relievers Wade Davis, Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins all tossed a scoreless inning to slam the door shut on the Indians.

Monday’s loss leaves the Indians a half game back in the American League Wild Card standings. Next, they’ll look to Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.55) to counter Royals’ righty Yordano Ventura (0-0,0.00), who will make his major league debut.

Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.

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