04/23 21:46 CDT Indians trip Royals 5-3
Indians trip Royals 5-3
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in
the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas
City Royals on Wednesday night.
Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera (0-1) into the gap in right-center,
deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The
Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie
Chisenhall's bloop RBI single.
Bryan Shaw (1-0) finished the seventh and got one out in the eighth. Cody Allen
retired two, and John Axford worked the ninth for his AL-leading eighth save.
Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians.
Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for
Indians starter Justin Masterson remained winless through five starts. The
staff's ace, who turned down a contract extension during spring training,
allowed two earned runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Down 3-2, the Indians tied it in the sixth off lefty starter Jason Vargas when
Michael Brantley scored from first on two Kansas City errors.
Brantley singled with one out, and broke for second with two down and Yan Gomes
batting. As Brantley slid safely into second, the throw from catcher Perez
skipped into center field. Brantley hustled toward third and center fielder
Jarrod Dyson took his eye off the ball, overrunning it and letting the tying
Moustakas gave the Royals a 3-2 lead in the sixth, when an error by second
baseman Kipnis helped set up Kansas City's unearned go-ahead run.
Eric Hosmer singled and was safe at second after Kipnis dropped shortstop
Asdrubal Cabrera's low throw. Hosmer moved to third on a fielder's choice and
Moustakas delivered his two-out RBI single.
Bourn atoned for a baserunning blunder with a two-run triple in the second to
tie it 2-2.
After a pair of singles and fielder's choice put runners at first and third
with two outs, Bourn, who got caught in between second and third in the first,
hit it between the outfielders in right-center for his first triple. As he
rounded second, the speedy Bourn didn't appear to have lost a step after he was
sidelined to open the season with a strained hamstring.
Perez and Moustakas connected in the second off Masterson.
With one out, Perez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a drive over the
center-field wall for his first homer. Four pitches later, Moustakas made it
2-0 with a liner into the Royals' bullpen, the same place he hit a three-run
shot on Tuesday in Kansas City's 8-2 win.
NOTES: Sloppy play has been one of Cleveland's main problems. The Indians came
in tied for the AL lead with 20 errors. "As a team, we have not played very
good defense yet," manager Terry Francona said. "I think we will be better. We
need to be better. We're that type of team where when we play clean baseball,
we generally give ourselves a chance to win. When you give a team extra outs or
extra opportunities, it certainly makes it tougher." ... Royals 1B coach Rusty
Kuntz had eight screws and a plate inserted into his left arm, broken Monday
when he was hit by a Perez line drive during batting practice. Kuntz will spend
one night at the Cleveland Clinic but is expected to travel with the team
Thursday to Baltimore. ... Indians 3B/DH Carlos Santana is in a 2-for-46 (.043)
slide. ... The Royals fell to 0-10 when they score fewer than four runs.