Royals Edge Tribe 7-6 in Extras, Sweep Series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After building a 6-0 lead in the first inning, it took a walk-off single in the 11th for the Kansas City Royals to grind out a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit the game-winning RBI, spearheading the club’s first sweep since late June.
All-Star closer Chris Perez (2.75 ERA) suffered his second blown save of the season.
Indians rookie starter Corey Kluber (12.46 ERA) made his Major League debut, and he got lit up right off the bat.
Alex Gordon crushed Kluber’s first big league pitch for a solo home run to right field, Gordon’s first HR since June 12th. Later that inning, Eric Hosmer blasted a three-run HR to center for his first HR since June.
The Royals (44-60, 20-30 home) led 6-0 in the first, but starter Bruce Chen let the Indians get back in the ballgame. Chen (5.66 ERA) gave up four runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Indians catcher Carlos Santana hit a two-run blast in the fifth off reliever Everett Teaford (4.75 ERA) to tie the game at 6-6.
Other than that minor blip, the KC bulllpen was strong. Kelvin Herrera (2.82 ERA) tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none. Reliever Aaron Crow (2-1, 3.60 ERA) got the win.
The Indians (50-55, 23-30 away) are now losers of six straight.
The Royals begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, as newcomer Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 9.58 ERA) takes the mound against All-Star lefty Matt Harrison (12-6, 3.19 ERA) for game one at Kauffman Stadium.