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Cleveland at Kansas City

Venue: Kauffman Stadium
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The Kansas City Royals snapped their lengthy skid in emphatic fashion while continuing their recent dominance of the slumping Cleveland Indians the last time they took the field.

The Royals will try to add to that success and register back-to-back wins for the first time in a little more than a month Wednesday night.

Kansas City (42-60) scored all of its runs in Tuesday's series opener in the first three innings while cruising to an 8-3 victory and ending a five-game losing streak. Jarrod Dyson finished a home run shy of the cycle and Alcides Escobar matched a season high with three RBIs.

Escobar's three-hit performance was his 34th multihit game and raised his average to a team-leading .307.

"He's been doing that all year," manager Ned Yost said.

The win was also the Royals' fifth in their past six games against Cleveland, which has dropped four in a row and nine of 12.

The Indians (50-53) will seek to avoid matching their season-high losing streak with help from Zach McAllister (4-2, 3.18 ERA), who has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last three starts.

The right-hander, though, has received one run of support in each of his past two outings. After losing to Baltimore on July 21, he did not get a decision Thursday in a 5-3 win over Detroit.

In his first start against Kansas City, McAllister will pitch opposite Luis Mendoza (4-7, 4.47), who hasn't gotten too much support during his return to the rotation.

The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.67 ERA over his last eight starts and has received a combined 13 runs. He's gotten four in each of those wins.

Following a 7-3 victory over Minnesota on July 21, Mendoza lost 4-1 in Seattle on Thursday after giving up four runs and nine hits over five innings.

"He was kind of all over the place," manager Ned Yost told the team's official website. "He really struggled to command the ball down, got pitches up. But the thing about Mendoza is he competes. It was a grind for him out there today."

Mendoza yielded two runs and four hits over five innings during a 4-2 win in Cleveland on April 26. That came 11 days after he gave up a career-high nine runs - five earned - in a 13-7 home defeat to the Indians.

Jason Kipnis is batting .353 (12 for 34) with two home runs and seven RBIs against the Royals this season, while Casey Kotchman is 4 for 6 lifetime against Mendoza.

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Probable Starters

Zach McAllister, RHP
2012 stats
62.1 Innings Pitched 92.2
4-2 Wins-Losses 4-7
3.18 Earned Run Average 4.47
16 Walks 40
59 Strikeouts 55
100 Pitches Per Start 87
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 12.2
--- Wins-Losses 1-1
- Earned Run Average 6.39

Luis Mendoza, RHP
Weather
weather image  Scattered tstorms late. Mostly sunny. Hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
96°F76°F9mph/E54%37%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cleveland3rd AL Central7974.51665-5 L 1
Kansas City2nd AL Central8369.5461 ½ 4-6 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Luis Mendoza
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Kotchman64020.667
Lillibridge21000.500
Hafner42110.500
Lopez63010.500
Cabrera62000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Zach McAllister
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cain000000
Chen000000
Coleman000000
Collins000000
Crow000000
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Cleveland 100 Kansas City -110
Injuries
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
J. KipnisHamstring
N. MorganKnee
R. RaburnKnee
N. SwisherKnee
Z. WaltersIntercostal
Kansas City
PlayerInjury
D. DuffyShoulder
L. HochevarElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KCDET 16-4Smyly Guthrie 
Jul 11KCDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 12KCDET 5-1Porcello Shields 
Jul 13KCKC 5-2Ventura Verlander 
Sep 8DETDET 9-5Verlander Guthrie 
Sep 9DETDET 4-2Scherzer Vargas 
Sep 10DETKC 3-0Shields Porcello 
Sep 19KCDET 10-1  
Sep 20KC 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT