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Choo smacks three HRs, powers Indians victory

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shin-Soo Choo put his slump behind him in a big way Friday night.

Choo hit three homers, including a grand slam, and the Cleveland Indians moved out of the AL Central basement with an 11-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The 28-year-old right fielder, a native of South Korea, was batting just .162 (6 for 37) in his last 10 games before busting out of the rut with his sixth career multihomer game and a career-best seven RBI.

"I missed so many fastballs," Choo said of his rough stretch. "I fouled them off or missed them. I have so many things on my mind. After a ground-ball double play on my first at-bat, I said before my second at-bat maybe I'll try just see the ball and swing at it. It worked."

Choo was on deck when Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out to end the Cleveland ninth.

"There was no telling what he was going to do," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We all wanted to see him get up there one more time just to see because only a few times it [four homers] has happened in the game. We were just hoping Cabrera got on somehow, someway just to give him a chance.

"He was in the zone today. Choo was a one-man wrecking crew today to do what he did."

Lou Marson added two hits and three RBI for Cleveland, which moved into fourth in the division, a half-game ahead of the Royals.

Mike Aviles and Billy Butler hit consecutive homers in the sixth for Kansas City, which has lost 10 of 14. Butler went 4 for 4 and Aviles had three hits.

Choo hit a two-run shot off Kyle Davies (8-10) in Cleveland's four-run second inning and connected against Bryan Bullington in the sixth for his third career slam, making it 9-0.

He picked up his first three-homer game with a solo drive off rookie Greg Holland in the eighth. The shot gave him 19 homers and 79 RBI on the season.

"Maybe the best game of my life," Choo said. "I can't forget about this game."

Choo became the 12th player to hit three homers in a game this season in the majors. He is the first Indians slugger to accomplish the feat since Travis Hafner on July 20, 2004, against the Angels.

"I tried everything," Royals catcher Brayan Pena said. "I went soft, I went hard away, hard inside. He's the best hitter on their team and you don't want him to hurt you. You pitch around him or at least try to get the guys in front of him. He was pretty much the one who beat us."

Carlos Carrasco (1-0) earned his first major league victory, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Davies gave up five runs and eight hits in five plus innings. He was 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his last eight September starts dating to 2008.

"I lost command and I didn't pitch very well," Davies said.

Michael Brantley led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest by an Indians rookie since Cory Snyder hit in 17 straight in September 1986.

Notes

  • Royals 2B Chris Getz missed his fourth consecutive game since suffering a concussion Sunday at Chicago.
  • Royals RHP Kanekoa Texeira, on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, is scheduled for another bullpen session and then throw batting practice before being activated.
  • The Indians skipped RHP Mitch Talbot for the weekend series at Kansas City. Talbot left his previous start Sunday at Minnesota with shoulder inflammation after facing only three batters.
 
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Shin-Soo Choo jogs into the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the eighth -- his third HR of the day.  (AP)
Shin-Soo Choo jogs into the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the eighth -- his third HR of the day. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 3
RBI 7
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF6010024 .239
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5220002 .265
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5347001 .291
Travis Hafner, DH5030011 .273
Jayson Nix, 3B4100124 .230
Jordan Brown, 1B3200203 .215
Trevor Crowe, LF5120022 .251
Luis Valbuena, 2B4110111 .177
Lou Marson, C5123012 .202
Totals4211151049  
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner 2 (28, Bullington, Holland), Trevor Crowe (21, Davies)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo 3 (19, Davies, Bullington, Holland)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 7 (79), Lou Marson 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (32), Lou Marson 2 (11)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Carrasco (W,1-0) 6833162 2.70
Frank Herrmann 1211110 3.89
Tony Sipp 1000120 4.12
Jensen Lewis 1000020 3.45
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 89-59, Frank Herrmann 20-9, Tony Sipp 18-11, Jensen Lewis 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 9-1, Frank Herrmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 25, Frank Herrmann 6, Tony Sipp 4, Jensen Lewis 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3100210 .265
Mike Aviles, 2B5131000 .304
Billy Butler, DH4142000 .317
Wilson Betemit, 3B4120013 .321
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B4000012 .194
Brayan Pena, C4011022 .268
Alex Gordon, LF3000121 .233
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000021 .256
Mitch Maier, RF4000020 .257
Totals354104311  
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (12, Carrasco), Billy Butler (40, Herrmann), Wilson Betemit (19, Carrasco), Brayan Pena (9, Carrasco)
HR - Mike Aviles (5, Carrasco), Billy Butler (14, Carrasco)
RBI - Mike Aviles (24), Billy Butler 2 (72), Brayan Pena (18)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (23), Brayan Pena (5)
CS - Gregor Blanco (4, 2nd base by Carrasco/Marson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Ka'aihue
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies (L,8-10) 5855341 5.08
Bryan Bullington 1444001 6.47
Greg Holland 2211031 6.61
Brian Bannister 1111120 6.34
HBP - A. Cabrera (by Bryan Bullington)
WP - Brian Bannister (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 92-52, Bryan Bullington 24-16, Greg Holland 29-23, Brian Bannister 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 3-7, Bryan Bullington 1-2, Greg Holland 3-0, Brian Bannister 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 25, Bryan Bullington 8, Greg Holland 8, Brian Bannister 6
Game Information
Attendance - 21168
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Marvin Hudson