American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City
(Saturday, July 26)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 5
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning helped lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple and scored once, while Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar also drove in a run for the Royals, who have taken the first three games of this four-game series and five straight overall.
"We started out a little slow, but we've been picking things up and are starting to look like we're getting things together," said Butler.
Jeremy Guthrie (6-9) gave up five runs, all in the second inning, on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 frames.
Jason Kipnis drove in two while Carlos Santana hit a solo home run for the Indians, who have lost six of their last seven games. Zach McAllister (3-6) was torched for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits over four-plus innings in defeat after being called up from the minors for the third time this month.
"We've played some close games here and Kansas City is a good team," said McAllister. "Their bullpen pitches extremely well and they've got some good hitters in the lineup."
Cleveland took a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Santana led off with his 18th homer of the season and after the next two batters recorded outs, Yan Gomes singled and David Murphy walked. A single from Mike Aviles scored one and Kipnis chased home two more with a double. Two batters later, Michael Brantley doubled home Kipnis.
The Royals got one run back in the third as Escobar led off with a single, moved to third on Aoki's single, and came home on a fielder's choice by Infante.
In the fourth, Escobar hit a two-out single with two men on to score a run and Aoki followed with a triple down the right field line. Aoki then came home on a passed ball allowed by Gomes to tie the game.
Kansas City went ahead in the fifth as Butler hit his two-run home run off Nick Hagadone for a 7-5 lead.
The Indians didn't get a runner past second base after the second inning, leaving men on first and second in the seventh and eighth.
Greg Holland pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 27th save of the season.
The Royals have won seven of 12 games against the Indians this season ... Guthrie had dropped his previous three starts ... McAllister is 0-6 over his last nine starts ... Bruce Chen will help Kansas City go for the sweep on Sunday, while Danny Salazar will take the mound for Cleveland.
07/26 23:50:10 ET