American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 6 (14 innings)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Tony Abreu hit the go-ahead RBI single in the
top of the 14th inning as the Kansas City Royals edged the Cleveland Indians,
7-6, in the middle installment of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
Facing Scott Maine (1-2), Mike Moustakas drew a leadoff walk and went to
second on a wild pitch. Abreu followed and hit a soft fly single up the middle
to plate Moustakas, putting the Royals in front.
Vin Mazzaro (4-3) got the win after allowing just one hit over two scoreless
innings. Kelvin Herrera gave up two hits in the bottom of the 14th, but
worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to notch his third save of the
"Today was a difficult game but it was fun. The guys came back and they fought
early in the game," Indians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "Then the
bullpen did a remarkable job."
Jeff Francoeur belted a three run homer and Billy Butler added an RBI single
while Moustakas had a two-run double for the Royals, who halted a six-game
Shin-Soo Choo stroked a two-run single and Lonnie Chisenhall contributed an
RBI double among three hits for the Indians, who had a three-game winning
After giving up the go-ahead knock in the top of the 14th, the Indians had a
golden opportunity to walk off with the victory in the bottom half.
Ezequiel Carrera started the inning with a bunt single and Choo followed with
a base hit to right. Jason Kipnis then walked to put Herrera in a bind. Carlos
Santana then flied out and Chisenhall hit a rocket to right field, but it was
right at Francoeur for the second out. Herrera got Casey Kotchman to ground
out weakly to first to end the game.
Cleveland opened the scoring in its first at-bat. Kipnis got things started
with a one-out walk and Chisenhall followed with an RBI double into the right
Kansas City exploded for six runs in the third to take control of the game.
Irving Falu got the rally going with a two-out single and moved to second on a
wild pitch before Alex Gordon walked. Butler then stroked an RBI single to
Salvador Perez beat out an infield hit to load the bases and Moustakas brought
home a pair with a double into right field. Francoeur provided the big blast
of the inning when he crushed a three-run shot over the left field wall to
widen the margin to 6-1.
The Tribe got a run back in the sixth when Travis Hafner was hit by a pitch
and Thomas Neal singled. Carrera reached and Hafner was able to score when
Nate Adcock then fired the ball into the stands, making it a 6-2 game.
A two-run single by Choo in the Cleveland eighth cut the deficit to two, and
the Indians got even in the ninth inning.
Santana opened the inning by coaxing a leadoff walk from Greg Holland and
Chisenhall dropped a bloop single behind third base. Both runners moved up on
a sacrifice bunt by Kotchman and Cabrera came up with a two-out, two-strike,
two-run double into the right-center field gap to tie the game at six.
"The game doesn't get tied up if I don't walk the leadoff man. You're not
always going to get away with that and I didn't tonight," Holland said.
It was the fourth time this season that the Royals struck for six runs in
one inning ... Kansas City has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the
teams ... The Indians finished 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position and
left 20 men on base.
09/30 03:15:14 ET