KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early run support and aggressive baserunning helped lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
For the first time since June, the Royals have won a series. Wednesday night’s win also marks the first time since June that the Royals have won back-to-back games.
The Royals were aggressive on the basepaths early, starting with a double steal by Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain in the first inning. A throwing error by Indians catcher Carlos Santana gave the Royals a 1-0 lead.
The Royals (43-60, 19-30 home) had a total of four stolen bases by the second inning, and an RBI double by Alex Gordon made it 4-0.
Starter Luis Mendoza (5-7, 4.32 ERA) surrendered two runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one. In his first stint as the Royals’ official closer, Greg Holland (3.54 ERA) recorded his first save.
The Indians (50-54, 23-29 away) have now lost five straight.
The Royals go for the sweep on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium as lefty Bruce Chen (7-9, 5.49 ERA) takes the bump against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.