CLEVELAND — Kansas City was a 2-0 winner at Cleveland behind Kris Medlen, who gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Alex Rios hit a solo homer off hard-luck loser Josh Tomlin, who took the loss despite going the distance on a four-hitter. The Royals’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is nine.
Medlen (4-1) stifled the Indians before Royals manager Ned Yost turned things over to his top-ranked bullpen. Ryan Madson struck out two in the seventh, Wade Davis got through the eighth and Greg Holland worked around a two-on, no-out mess he created in the ninth for his 31st save.
Probably best that I was off Twitter for the 9th inning tonight. Greg Holland's outings ought to be sponsored by Prilosec.
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) September 16, 2015
I don't know who's on the mound for the #Royals, but I miss Greg Holland in the 9th.
— Ronald Ragin' (@saucypony) September 16, 2015
Is Greg Holland's fastball really only at 89 right now?
— Adam Wells (@adamwells1985) September 16, 2015
Pitch to Contact Greg Holland is my least favorite Greg Holland at this moment. This is just so sudden of a transformation.
— Brandon H. (@BHIndepMO) September 16, 2015
Rios homered in the fifth inning off Josh Tomlin (5-2) for the Royals, who won for just the third time in 11 games as they close in on a probable AL Central title.
The Indians, who pulled back to .500 for just the second time since April by winning the series opener, fell to 13-6 since Aug. 25.
After Rios’ homer, the Indians’ pyro-technician mistakenly set-off fireworks, and was promptly booed by Cleveland fans.
Watch it in the video player below.
Sad fireworks guy is sad after hitting the button by mistake after Rios’ homer. pic.twitter.com/uan5peuzJb
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 16, 2015
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