American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City|
(Friday, April 13th)
Final Score: Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis knocked in
two runs apiece as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City Royals, 8-3,
in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Asdrubal Cabrera added a home run, while Derek Lowe (2-0) scattered 11 hits
and three runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win.
"If you only give up three runs, they call it scattered 11 hits. If you pitch
bad, you got shelled on 11 hits," said Lowe. "I can't remember if I've ever
faced a few of these guys, but not many, so you have to learn on the fly."
Luke Hochevar (1-1) got the start for Kansas City and gave up seven runs on
nine hits and a walk through four innings, but took a Carlos Santana line
drive off his left leg during the final out of the fourth and did not return
for the fifth.
Cleveland jumped all over the Royals in the first inning after Michael
Brantley led off the contest with a single that was followed by a double into
the right-field corner by Cabrera to place runners on second and third.
Choo stepped up next and pulled a base hit through the right side of the
infield that plated Brantley and Cabrera. Choo later stole second and came
home on Shelley Duncan's bloop single into shallow right field.
After Casey Kotchman followed with a base hit to right, Kipnis smacked a ball
into deep center field that Jarrod Dyson lost track of for a two-run triple.
Jack Hannahan added an RBI single before rounding the bases on Brantley's
double to spot the Indians a seven-run advantage.
Kansas City got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Dyson, Jeff
Francoeur and Eric Hosmer hit consecutive singles to bring home Dyson, but
Billy Butler followed by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play and Alex Gordon
struck out to keep it a 7-1 game.
An RBI base hit by Gordon and a run-scoring double by Mike Moustakas in the
fourth inning closed the gap to 7-3, but the Royals got no closer, stranding
tow runners in the sixth, runners on second and third in the seventh, and a
man on second in the eighth.
Cabrera led off the ninth with a blast over the center-field wall to finalize
"It was a real dream come true," Moustakas said about playing in his first
career home opener. "To go out there and play Major League Baseball in front
of this great city and in front of these great fans couldn't have gone much
better other than a W for us today."
Earlier Friday, Kansas City placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day
disabled list, retroactive to April 11, and recalled Dyson from Triple-A
Omaha...The Royals fell to 21-23 all-time in home openers...Lowe improved to
4-5 in 23 career appearances -- 10 starts -- against Kansas City, while
Hochevar fell to 4-8 in 12 starts against Cleveland...The Royals went 3-for-9
with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
04/13 20:58:47 ET