American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City|
(Friday, July 25)
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Cleveland 4
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's two-run home run gave the
Kansas City Royals a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the second of a
Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored while
Mike Moustakas also hit a solo home run for the Royals, who have won four
Starter Yordano Ventura lasted 6 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs --
three earned -- on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Kelvin Herrera
(2-2) got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
Carlos Santana hit a pair of home runs and drove in three, while Jason Kipnis
also drove in a run for the Indians, who have lost five of their last six
games. Josh Tomlin gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in 5 1/3
"We have to win games to make that change, that's all there is to it," said
Kipnis. "It starts with the pitcher and the team in general, we just have to
start winning games."
Salvador Perez hit a one-out single off of Carlos Carrasco (3-4) in the eighth
and Nick Hagadone then took the mound. After getting Moustakas to pop up,
Butler punched a shot over the left field wall for a 6-4 lead.
"I haven't been having a good year, I've been grinding and putting in my work
but haven't had many results for it," said Butler. "But I'm glad I was able to
help out here tonight and hopefully I can build off that."
Aaron Crow pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth to pick up his second
save of the season.
The Royals opened the scoring in the second inning with back-to-back solo
homers from Perez and Moustakas for a 2-0 lead.
Santana's solo home run in the fourth got the Indians on the board, but the
Royals answered in the home half.
Alex Gordon led off with a single and was still there three batters later when
Raul Ibanez punched a pitch into the right-field corner. Gordon easily scored
and Ibanez was sliding into third base when Kipnis' throw went wide, getting
stuck under the wall and allowing Ibanez to cross home for a 4-1 lead.
The sixth inning saw the Indians cut into their deficit, as Michael Brantley
hit a one-out single and Santana followed with his second homer of the game
and 17th of the season to make it a 4-3 game.
Cleveland tied the game in the seventh on Kipnis' sacrifice fly that scored
Yan Gomes, who had reached base earlier in the frame on a bad throw from
Moustakas has 13 home runs this season, six of which have come against
Cleveland ... Santana had his fourth multi-homer game of his career ... The
Indians were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.
07/26 01:45:11 ET