Cleveland at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: R. Perez (4-0) L: B. Wood (1-3)
S: C. Perez (15)
HR: CLE - None   KC - None

Indians 7, Royals 3 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One night after collecting 17 hits and losing, the Cleveland Indians made a season-high five errors, had a runner thrown out at every base and won.

Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking RBI single in a five-run eighth inning and the Indians rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Thursday night.

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"We made a lot of mistakes and it wasn't a pretty game," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Five errors, a hit batsman, the walks, and we ended up winning, but it was not a pretty game. We put together a lot of good at-bats there in the eighth inning that won us the ballgame."

Cleveland's last victory when they committed five errors was July 12, 1996, at Minnesota.

Asdrubal Cabrera had two hits and drove in two runs for the Indians, while Matt LaPorta and Jayson Nix had two hits apiece.

LaPorta had a 13-pitch at-bat in the eighth before hitting an RBI single to center off Royals starter Kyle Davies.

"It came down to the LaPorta at-bat," Davies said. "I threw him everything I had. He was able to foul off some really tough pitches. He fought them off. I had to throw him a strike 3-2 and I hung the cutter and he hit it.

"It's really disappointing. We wanted to get the sweep. We had them 3-0, one out in the eighth inning and nobody on and the starter is still in."

Davies was pulled two pitches later after giving up a single to Jason Donald.

"It was nice to help out," LaPorta said. "I was just trying to stay out there. He kept throwing me good pitches and I just kept fouling them off. He threw a great game. My at-bat pushed him over a 100 [pitches], but he was still coming at me. He was still throwing 96 [mph] and mixing in breaking balls and changeups. He was still pitching well. I just kept fighting."

Rafael Perez (4-0), the fourth of five Indians pitchers, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Chris Perez got four outs for his 15th save in 19 opportunities.

Alex Gordon had three hits and Wilson Betemit drove in two runs for Kansas City, which had won three straight. Davies allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Betemit hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning to give Kansas City a 3-0 lead. The Royals had a chance at a bigger inning, with four singles, a walk and an Indians error, but Mitch Maier struck out to leave the bases loaded.

Cleveland had seven singles and a walk in the eighth, sending 11 men to the plate. LaPorta and pinch-hitter Shelly Duncan had RBI singles. Cabrera drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Choo's clutch hit, and Travis Hafner capped the big inning with a run-scoring infield hit.

Blake Wood (1-3), who replaced Davies, recorded just one out and was charged with two runs and two hits.

"It always stings when you play a game like that and lose it late," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They hurt more than the other ones."

Cabrera also had an RBI double in Cleveland's two-run ninth.

The Indians' shoddy defense hurt them in the fourth when first baseman LaPorta's throwing error allowed Billy Butler to score. LaPorta fielded Maier's grounder with the bases loaded and threw wildly to home.

Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley sprained his left ankle grounding out in the ninth. The Indians said X-rays were negative and Brantley is day to day.

Maier left after seven innings with a stiff neck and was replaced by Jai Miller, who made his Royals debut.

Rookie right-hander Mitch Talbot allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings for Cleveland. Talbot is winless in seven starts since a June 27 victory at Cincinnati.

"It was kind of crazy how we turned it around," Talbot said.


Acta addressed his slumping team during a pregame meeting. "We're a young team, but I have the right to tell them that I'm not happy with the way we're playing the last 12 days," he said. "We wanted them to know we're not going to be rebuilding forever. These guys are not September callups. These guys have a legit chance to be a long-term part of this club. It's about making progress. That's the reason for the meeting." ... Royals RHP Gil Meche reports Saturday to Triple-A for a minor league rehab assignment as a reliever. Meche is on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. ... Yost celebrated his 56th birthday. The Royals are 40-46 since he replaced Trey Hillman, who was fired May 13. ... The announced attendance of 9,732 was the smallest Kauffman Stadium crowd of the year.

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Players of the Game

A. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
Kansas City

W. Betemit
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Michael Brantley, CF4111100 .212
    Luis Valbuena, LF0000000 .163
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4022001 .290
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5011013 .290
Travis Hafner, DH4011020 .270
Jayson Nix, 3B4020000 .249
    Chris Gimenez, C0000000 .179
Trevor Crowe, LF-CF4110014 .253
Matt LaPorta, 1B4121011 .243
Jason Donald, 2B4210001 .256
Lou Marson, C2010010 .192
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH1111000 .243
    Andy Marte, 3B0100100 .223
a-singled for Marson in the 8th
2B - Michael Brantley (3, Davies), Asdrubal Cabrera (13, Holland)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (2)
RBI - Michael Brantley (14), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (18), Shin-Soo Choo (59), Travis Hafner (38), Matt LaPorta (29), Shelley Duncan (24)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (10), Shin-Soo Choo (25), Travis Hafner (12)
SB - Jason Donald (3, 2nd base off Holland/Kendall)
CS - Michael Brantley (2, 2nd base by Davies/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
DP - Talbot-A. Cabrera, A. Cabrera-LaPorta
E - Matt LaPorta (3, Throwing), Andy Marte (11, Misplayed grounder), Jayson Nix 2 (10, Misplayed grounder), Mitch Talbot (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Mitch Talbot 4.2832420 4.23
Tony Sipp 0.1000010 4.82
Justin Germano 1.1000000 0.00
Rafael Perez (W,4-0) 1.1100000 3.23
Chris Perez (S,15) 1.1100020 2.22
IBB - Butler by Mitch Talbot
HBP - Butler (by Justin Germano)
Pitches-Strikes - Mitch Talbot 97-59, Tony Sipp 5-3, Justin Germano 19-12, Rafael Perez 27-17, Chris Perez 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitch Talbot 3-7, Justin Germano 2-2, Rafael Perez 6-0, Chris Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Mitch Talbot 24, Tony Sipp 1, Justin Germano 5, Rafael Perez 7, Chris Perez 5
Kansas City Royals
Gregor Blanco, CF4120110 .294
Jason Kendall, C5000016 .257
Billy Butler, 1B3120100 .312
Kila Ka'aihue, DH5000016 .173
Wilson Betemit, 3B3012211 .340
Alex Gordon, LF5030003 .235
Mitch Maier, RF3000013 .253
    Jai Miller, RF1000000 .000
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .267
Chris Getz, 2B4120000 .228
2B - Billy Butler (35, Perez), Chris Getz (8, Talbot)
RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (13)
CS - Alex Gordon (3, 3rd base by Talbot/Marson)
Team LOB - 12
Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1
DP - Gordon-Kendall, Betancourt-Butler
PB - Jason Kendall (5)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies 7.1733050 5.14
Blake Wood (BS,4; L,1-3) 0.1222100 5.40
Dusty Hughes 0.1200010 4.83
Greg Holland 1222100 9.00
WP - Kyle Davies (4), Greg Holland (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 107-70, Blake Wood 18-10, Dusty Hughes 11-7, Greg Holland 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 11-3, Greg Holland 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 26, Blake Wood 4, Dusty Hughes 3, Greg Holland 6
Game Information
Attendance - 9732
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Chris Tiller, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Dana DeMuth