Indians Hold Off Royals 8-5
CLEVELAND — In a Memorial Day slug fest, the Kansas City Royals fell victim to the big inning again, losing 8-5 to the Cleveland Indians on Monday afternoon.
The Royals drew first blood, thanks to a two-run jack by first baseman Eric Hosmer in the second inning, his sixth home run of the season, and his first HR in over a month.
The Royals led 2-0 going into the third, right before the wheels started to fall off for starting pitcher Nate Adcock. Indians designated hitter Lonnie Chisenhall kicked off the big inning with his first career major league HR. Second baseman Jason Kipnis pushed the Tribe ahead 3-2 with a two-run RBI single.
Adcock (0-3, 3.74 ERA) struggled mightily, giving up four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out none.
Third baseman Jose Lopez reached on an infield RBI single that saw Kipnis advance to third on an error by 3B Mike Moustakas, his fifth E of the season. The Royals finished the game with a season-high three errors. An RBI single by 1B Casey Kotchman gave Cleveland a 5-2 lead.
Catcher Brayan Pena helped jump-start a two-run inning for KC with a solo HR in the fifth, his first HR in over a year. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson hit a triple, then advanced home after a throwing error by Kipnis, cutting the deficit to 5-4.
The AL Central first place Indians (27-21, 15-12 home) never relinquished their lead, and the Royals (19-28, 14-11 away) two-game win streak was snapped. Closer Chris Perez (0-1, 2.66 ERA) slammed the door shut with his 17th save.
Royals left-handed pitcher Will Smith (0-1, 13.50 ERA) makes his second career MLB start on Tuesday night against Indians RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 4.62 ERA) for game two in Cleveland.