American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City
(Saturday, April 27th)
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer walked with the bases loaded in
the seventh to force in the eventual game-winning run, as the Kansas City
Royals held off the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who started a 10-game
homestand on Saturday.
Kansas City starter Ervin Santana (3-1) tossed seven scoreless innings to pick
up the win. The right-hander gave up six hits while striking out five.
Scott Kazmir (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings for the
Indians, who have lost two straight since a three-game winning streak. He had
four strikeouts to surpass 1,000 for his career.
"I'd been sitting on that for a long time, it feels like, so it's not as
special as if there would have been a time that I kept going through and not
had this little hiccup," Kazmir said.
This four-game series was slated to get underway on Friday, but rain caused a
postponement. The game will be made up on Sunday as part of a split
Perez's first homer of the year gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the second
inning. Jeff Francoeur led off with a walk and scored on Perez's blast to
Cleveland left the bases loaded in the third. Drew Stubbs, Jason Kipnis and
Asdrubal Cabrera singled to fill the bags with one out. Nick Swisher, though,
grounded into a double play.
Kansas City tacked on another run in the seventh. Alex Gordon singled and
Alcides Escobar and Billy Butler walked to load the bases with two outs. Rich
Hill came in from the bullpen and walked Hosmer to force in a run, making it
3-0. Lorenzo Cain grounded out to end the inning.
The Indians, who stranded runners on the corners in the eighth, scored a pair
of runs off Greg Holland in the ninth. Mark Reynolds singled and Lonnie
Chisenhall reached first on Hosmer's error. Michael Brantley knocked in both
runners with a triple to right-center field. Kipnis struck out swinging to end
"It was a little closer than I wanted, but that happens sometimes. It just
goes to show you how big a three-run lead is," Holland said.
The Royals went 10-8 versus the Indians last season ... Holland picked up his
sixth save of the season ... Santana improved to 3-8 lifetime versus the
Indians in 15 starts ... Kazmir fell to 3-3 in his career versus the Royals in