American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City|
(Saturday, July 26)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 5
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's go-ahead two-run homer in
the fifth inning helped lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-5 victory over the
Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple and scored once, while Omar Infante and Alcides
Escobar also drove in a run for the Royals, who have taken the first three
games of this four-game series and five straight overall.
"We started out a little slow, but we've been picking things up and are
starting to look like we're getting things together," said Butler.
Jeremy Guthrie (6-9) gave up five runs, all in the second inning, on 10 hits
with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 frames.
Jason Kipnis drove in two while Carlos Santana hit a solo home run for the
Indians, who have lost six of their last seven games. Zach McAllister (3-6)
was torched for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits over four-plus
innings in defeat after being called up from the minors for the third time
"We've played some close games here and Kansas City is a good team," said
McAllister. "Their bullpen pitches extremely well and they've got some good
hitters in the lineup."
Cleveland took a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Santana led off with his 18th
homer of the season and after the next two batters recorded outs, Yan Gomes
singled and David Murphy walked. A single from Mike Aviles scored one and
Kipnis chased home two more with a double. Two batters later, Michael Brantley
doubled home Kipnis.
The Royals got one run back in the third as Escobar led off with a single,
moved to third on Aoki's single, and came home on a fielder's choice by
In the fourth, Escobar hit a two-out single with two men on to score a run and
Aoki followed with a triple down the right field line. Aoki then came home on
a passed ball allowed by Gomes to tie the game.
Kansas City went ahead in the fifth as Butler hit his two-run home run off
Nick Hagadone for a 7-5 lead.
The Indians didn't get a runner past second base after the second inning,
leaving men on first and second in the seventh and eighth.
Greg Holland pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 27th save of the season.
The Royals have won seven of 12 games against the Indians this season ...
Guthrie had dropped his previous three starts ... McAllister is 0-6 over his
last nine starts ... Bruce Chen will help Kansas City go for the sweep on
Sunday, while Danny Salazar will take the mound for Cleveland.
07/26 23:50:10 ET