American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Kansas City, Game One|
(Sunday, April 28th)
Final Score: Kansas City 9, Cleveland 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie spun 6 2/3 shutout innings
en route to matching a Royals' franchise record in Kansas City's 9-0 rout of
the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader from Kauffman
Guthrie (3-0) scattered six hits and three walks while striking out five to
move to 8-0 over his last 16 assignments dating back to Aug. 3 of last season,
tying the longest unbeaten stretch by a starting pitcher in Royals' history.
Paul Splittorff set the mark between Aug. 13, 1977 to Apr. 22, 1978.
"Ultimately [the record] means a lot, because hopefully the guys behind me
when they go out are confident they have a chance to win the game," Guthrie
said. "That's the kind of confidence I want to go into each start with. Good
stuff or not, I want to give us a chance to win."
The right-hander received plenty of offensive support in accomplishing the
feat. Alcides Escobar had a solo home run with two RBI and Alex Gordon belted
a two-run homer for Kansas City, with Jarrod Dyson also knocking in a pair of
runs as part of a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Asdrubal Cabrera collected three of Cleveland's eight hits. Justin Masterson
(4-2) was saddled with the loss after permitting a season-high seven runs in 6
1/3 innings, though he did register nine strikeouts.
The Tribe have now dropped three in a row and eight of their last 11 games.
Guthrie was nearly touched for a run after Carlos Santana launched a deep fly
ball that bounced off the top of the center-field fence with one out in the
second inning, with the Cleveland catcher winding up with a double following a
video review. Guthrie kept him stationed there, however, and got into little
trouble until exiting after allowing a pair of singles in the seventh.
The Royals had built a healthy lead by that point. Back-to-back RBI doubles
from Jeff Francoeur and Dyson in the bottom of the second staked Kansas City
to a 2-0 edge, and Dyson drove in another run in the fourth to extend the
Masterson retired the first two hitters in the fourth before walking Mike
Moustakas, with Francoeur keeping the inning alive with a single before Dyson
looped a single to center to plate Moustakas.
"Unfortunately the two-out walks hurt us in the sense of not being able to
finish when we were there," said Masterson. "It's one of those (games) where,
I think, you're going to have something like this where it's not going to
always work out."
Escobar slugged his third homer of the season in the fifth to put the Royals
up by a 4-0 count, and Kansas City later broke the game open with a three-run
Singles by Chris Getz and Gordon began the Royals' half of the frame, with
Getz crossing the plate on Escobar's fielder's choice grounder. Masterson's
day was done after he walked Billy Butler and gave up an RBI single to Eric
Hosmer, and reliever Matt Albers forced in Kansas City's seventh run after
hitting Salvador Perez to load the bases and subsequently walking Moustakas.
Gordon put the finishing touches on the win by following a walk to Getz with a
blast into the center-field seats off Scott Barnes.
The game was part of the first day-night doubleheader ever held at Kauffman
Stadium, which opened in 1973 ... Guthrie has posted a 2.44 earned run average
over his unbeaten streak ... Gordon homered for the third time in five games
and is batting .455 (10-for-22) over that span after going 2-for-4 in the
opener ... Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game with
the Indians allotted an extra pitcher for the twinbill ... Cleveland placed
catcher Lou Marson on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to right shoulder
inflammation, with catcher Yan Gomes promoted from Columbus.
04/28 18:26:54 ET