Royals 3, Indians 2

As baseball games go, this was a dandy.

There was outstanding pitching, great defense and clutch hitting

– especially Melky Cabrera’s walkoff single in the ninth that

lifted Kansas City past the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

Cabrera rifled a bases-loaded, two-run base hit into left field

with one out off closer Chris Perez, who had been 6 for 6 in save

opportunities and unscored-upon for the season.

The fourth walkoff victory of the year gave the second-place

Royals a 2-2 split of the four-game series with the AL-Central

leading Indians.

”That was as great a game as was played in baseball today,”

said Royals manager Ned Yost. ”Both teams played great

baseball.”

Perez (0-1) started the ninth and got in immediate trouble when

Kila Ka’aihue doubled leading off.

Pinch runner Mike Aviles went to third when Mitch Maier hit a

pinch single. Alcides Escobar grounded to third baseman Jack

Hannahan, who threw out Aviles at home for the first out. Chris

Getz walked, loading the bases and Cabrera delivered.

It was the fourth walkoff and the fifth time the Royals have won

in their final at-bat.

”This team does not give up. It just does not give up,” said

Royals starter Sean O’Sullivan, who went six innings as a

light-to-moderate mist dampened everything and everybody in the

park. ”The mound got kind of slippery after a while, but it was

OK,” said O’Sullivan.

Rookie Aaron Crow (2-0) pitched one inning. Cleveland starter

Josh Tomlin pitched seven strong innings while going for his fourth

victory in four decisions. Grady Sizemore had three hits and an RBI

for the Indians, who will host the Royals for three games next

week.

”It was a well played series by both clubs,” said Cleveland

manager Manny Acta. ”You’ve got to give credit to those guys. They

came against our bullpen yesterday and today again. They played

very good defense. It was very wet out there. It never

stopped.”

Tomlin gave up one run on five hits, with a walk and four

strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 2.75 to 2.33.

”Tomlin was dynamic. O’Sullivan was very, very good,” said

Yost. ”Tomlin was dynamic with his stuff. Changing speeds, had a

great curveball, was painting the corners, kept the ball down. He

was as good as you’re going to see. I was very impressed with his

outing.”

Tony Sipp came out of the bullpen after Tomlin walked Getz

leading off the eighth. He stole second and third, raising the

Royals’ league-leading total to 26 stolen bases. When Sipp walked

Alex Gordon with two out and Vinnie Pestano relieved, Jeff

Francoeur grounded an RBI single up the middle that shortstop

Asdrubal Cabrera stopped from going through, possibly preventing

the tying run from scoring.

Cabrera also saved a run for the Royals when he threw out Carlos

Santana at the plate in the Cleveland eighth.

”With the wet grass, it was just a great throw by Melky,” said

Acta.

The Indians scored both runs off O’Sullivan in the fifth. Matt

LaPorta singled leading off and Hannahan walked and both were

sacrificed up a base before Sizemore lifted a bloop RBI single that

dropped at Cabrera’s shoes in shallow center.

After O’Sullivan walked Cabrera, loading the bases, Shin-Soo

Choo hit a sinking liner to left field. Alex Gordon scooped the

ball off the grass and jumped to his feet and threw out Sizemore

trying for third as Hannahan scored the second run.

Perez said it was not just the law of averages that caught up

with him.

”Bad pitches,” he said. ”There’s no such thing as law of

averages. I fell behind Ka’aihue and he put a pretty good swing on

it. I just left it out over the plate. Maier hit a first-pitch

fastball. I couldn’t bounce a slider to Cabrera with the bases

loaded. He probably would have gone for it with that swing he took.

I just couldn’t bounce it. It’s just one of those things.

O’Sullivan went six-plus innings and was charged with two runs

on five hits. He walked three and struck out six, tying his career

high. He was relieved in the seventh by right-hander Louis Coleman,

who made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A

Omaha.

”You think about your major league debut on a bright, sunny

day,” Coleman said. ”But still it was a dream come true.”

NOTES: Neither team hit a home run in the four-game series. …

Kansas City has played 14 of its first 19 games at home. … The

Indians lead the AL with 99 runs scored.