Royals 3, Indians 2
Chris Perez finally allowed a run this season.
Regression to the mean? He insists he just messed up.
”Bad pitches,” Perez said. ”There’s no such thing as law of
Perez had not blown a save since last August, converting 16
straight, before giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in the
ninth in a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals Thursday night.
Perez gave up a two-run single to Melky Cabrera with the bases
loaded and one out in the ninth. It was the first run he had
allowed since Aug. 8, spanning 26 innings.
”How much longer can he be perfect?” Indians manager Manny
Acta said. ”He’s been perfect dating back to the second half of
last year. Sooner or later something was going to get him and it
Perez (0-1) said ”right now” his scoreless inning streak does
”Tomorrow I might look back at it,” Perez said. ”It’s been a
good run. It lasted all way to last year. I got out of the gates
pretty fast this year. It was fun. It’s bound to happen, the law of
averages. Today they didn’t hit it at somebody. They found the
holes. Tomorrow I’ll go out start a new streak like I did last year
after I blew a save in August.”
”could have won three out of four here. It’s still an all right
series, but it could have been better. Josh (Tomlin) pitched great.
He deserved to win.”
Rookie Aaron Crow (2-0) pitched one inning for the victory,
which gave the Royals a 2-2 split of the four-game series between
AL Central leaders.
Tomlin held the Royals to one run and five hits over 7 1-3
innings, but had to settle for a no-decision. He lowered his ERA
from 2.75 to 2.33. Grady Sizemore had three hits and an RBI for the
The Royals are in Cleveland for three games next week.
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.
The Indians scored both runs off Sean O’Sullivan (1-2) in the
fifth as a light-to-moderate mist fell throughout most of the game.
Matt LaPorta singled leading off and Jack 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 at
third as Hannahan scored the second run.
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
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. … Cabrera made a strong
throw home from center field to nail Carlos Santana at the plate in