Royals topple Indians 7-2
Manager Ned Yost’s faith in Bruce Chen paid off for the Kansas
Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two
runs and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday
The Royals, who have not made the playoffs since 1985, are 2 1/2
games back in the wild-card standings, while the Indians are a
”I felt really good about Bruce being on the hill for us,”
Yost said. ”I just felt his veteran experience was going to be
crucial in a big game like this. My mindset was to get him through
the lineup twice and if we had any lead at all, to do some
”A game of this magnitude you don’t play around. We’ve got 10
games left. You don’t play (around) with 10 games left especially
when they are this big. You get it out of the way and then you
worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”
Yost did some bullpen maneuvering to keep the lead.
”Every single game is a must win,” Chen said. ”We’re behind.
We’re trying to catch up. The bullpen did an outstanding job. We
have the best bullpen in the American League.”
Chen was pulled in the sixth after giving up a single to Michael
Bourn and walking Nick Swisher to lead off the inning.
”He does what he does,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of
Chen. ”He’s up, down, in, out. Nothing the same speed. He takes
the sting out of your bat. He really knows how to pitch.”
Francisley Bueno replaced Chen and recorded two outs with three
After Jeff Kipnis advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt,
Bueno kept the runners put when Carlos Santana grounded out to
third baseman Mike Moustakas. Louis Coleman came in and retired
Ryan Raburn on a fly to right to strand the runners.
Royals relievers Tim Collins, Will Smith and Greg Holland
preserved the lead, allowing just one hit, to keep the team’s
playoff chances alive.
The Royals broke the game open with three runs off four Indians
pitchers in the eighth. Alcides Escobar had a two-run single on a
full-count off Carlos Carrasco, while Jarrod Dyson walked with the
”The last at-bat, that’s one of my best at-bats of the year,”
Escobar said. ”I was just trying to put ball in play, ground ball,
fly ball, anywhere. I was really concentrating. I was trying to put
the ball in play and got the base hit.”
Rookie Danny Salazar (1-3), who had allowed just one run in 13
2-3 innings in his first three September starts, took the loss,
giving up four runs and six hits in six innings.
The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with Perez’s
two-out double, scoring Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler. Perez went to
third on the throw home and scored on a Salazar wild pitch.
The Indians scored a pair of runs in the third. Yan Gomes came
home after center fielder Dyson had trouble picking up Michael
Brantley’s double. Brantley wound up scoring on Bourn’s sacrifice
The Royals used a double steal in the fifth for their fourth
run. Escobar avoided the tag of catcher Gomes to steal home, while
Alex Gordon, who was initially caught in a rundown, stole second.
Escobar became the first Royal to steal home since Jeff Francoeur
on Aug. 11, 2012, at Baltimore.
”I was kind of looking to take him back to third base and
peaked (at the other runner) and when I did that he kind of dropped
and went under my tag,” Gomes said.
Notes: The Royals recalled LHP Chris Dwyer, who allowed one
single and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings for Omaha in
the Triple-A 2-1 championship victory over Durham on Tuesday, and
IF Irving Falu, who hit .256 in 135 games with the Storm Chasers.
Falu was with Kansas City for one day, Aug. 11, but was optioned
back to Omaha the next day without playing. … Indians RHP Justin
Masterson, a 14-game winner who is out with an oblique strain,
threw 120 feet in long toss and made 20 to 25 pitches off flat
ground. … The Indians won the season series from the Royals for
the ninth time in 10 years.