American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland|
(Wednesday, April 25th)
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Alex Gordon hit a three-run home run and
Billy Butler added two homers as Kansas City snapped a 12-game losing streak
with an 8-2 win over Cleveland in the second of a three-game set.
Butler hit a two-run and solo homer while Eric Hosmer contributed a two-run
homer for the Royals, who hadn't won a game since defeating Oakland on April
10th. Luke Hochevar (2-1) gave up just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3
innings for the win.
"We've been waiting for that first win to stop the streak and it's nice," said
Hosmer. "Luke really did a good job for us in keeping them quiet tonight and
the bats did a good job."
Travis Hafner and Aaron Cunningham each drove in a run for the Indians, who
had won four of five coming into the game. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1) gave up
four runs on six hits over six innings to take the loss.
"I wasn't able to control my breaking balls and as the game went on my
fastball got worse," said Jimenez.
Kansas City got on the board in the first inning as Chris Getz led off with a
walk and, two batter later, Butler clubbed a pitch over the right field wall
for his third homer of the season and a 2-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the fifth when Gordon hit a one-out single
and, after Butler popped out, Hosmer hit his fifth homer of the season for a
Cleveland got on the board in the sixth. Michael Brantley hit a one-out single
and moved to second on a passed ball. Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana then
worked walks to load the bases and Hafner hit into a fielder's choice to score
one run. Hochevar limited the damage by striking out Shelley Duncan to end the
Hochevar was chased from the game in the seventh after walking Jason Kipnis
with one out and Tommy Hottovy then took the mound. After hitting Casey
Kotchman with a pitch, Cunningham punched a single to center to make it a 4-2
Brantley then struck out and Aaron Crow took over on the mound, getting
Cabrera to fly out and end the frame.
The Royals, though, put the game away in the top of the ninth courtesy of the
long ball as Gordon hit a three-run homer and Butler followed with his second
of the game for an 8-2 lead and Jose Mijares set the Indians down in order to
close the game.
Cleveland had won five straight against the Royals...The Indians had just five
hits in the game...Hochevar improved to 5-8 in 13 starts against
Cleveland...Jimenez fell to 2-1 in three career meetings against KC.
04/26 00:38:32 ET