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Red-hot Indians score four times in 10th, top Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Round one in the showdown between unlikely AL Central leaders went to Cleveland.

Pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan's RBI double sparked a four-run 10th inning and the Indians beat Kansas City 7-3 on Monday night to widen their division lead to two games over the equally surprising Royals.

Duncan batted for Travis Buck after Carlos Santana drew a walk from rookie left-hander Tim Collins (1-1) to start the 10th. Duncan hooked an RBI double into the left-field corner, driving home the tiebreaking run in Cleveland's fourth consecutive victory.

"He hits lefties," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's our best option against lefties. He's proven that over the years."

In perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Indians, Grady Sizemore, in his second game back from knee surgery, added an RBI single and was 3 for 5 after going 2 for 4 on Sunday in his first game since May 16, 2010.

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"The reason I came over here was to enjoy this guy from the dugout after seeing him over the last seven-eight years," Acta said. "It's nice to have him back."

Collins, one of three rookie relievers who have played a big part in Kansas City's strong start, gave up four hits and four runs in one inning.

"Real bad," he said. "It's always a rough night when you go out and give up four runs. I wasn't making my pitches. I wasn't in the strike zone. When I did get it in the strike zone, they hit it."

Joe Smith (1-0) got the victory with 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief.

Expected by most observers to remain also-rans in the AL Central this year, the Indians and Royals had not been first and second this late in the season in any order since May 31, 1999, when Cleveland led the Royals and White Sox by 10 games en route to a fifth straight division title. That also was the last time the Indians started a season as well they've started this one, winning 12 of their first 16.

One out after Duncan's double, Michael Brantley walked. Matt LaPorta grounded into a fielder's choice and pinch-runner Adam Everett scored on shortstop Alcides Escobar's throwing error. Jack Hannahan followed with an RBI double and Sizemore made it 7-3 with his third hit.

"We didn't help ourselves, that's for sure," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We really struggled to command the ball, especially out of the 'pen. Leadoff walks and the 10th inning hurt us."

The Royals scored twice to take a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Melky Cabrera's RBI double and an RBI single by Alex Gordon, who tied his career high with a 12-game hitting streak.

Billy Butler's single made it four consecutive hits off starter Carlos Carrasco and put runners at first and second. But the right-hander escaped further damage by retiring Kila Ka'aihue on a foul pop and coaxing a double-play grounder out of Jeff Francoeur.

Royals starter Kyle Davies was charged with two runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven, walked none and was relieved by Jeremy Jeffress, who walked Brantley on four pitches to start the seventh and then threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt, allowing the runner to move up two bases.

LaPorta, after hitting an RBI single that tied it 3-all, went to second on Jeffress' wild pitch. With one out, Jeffress walked Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera and handed a bases-loaded jam to reliever Aaron Crow, who struck out Shin-Soo Choo and retired Santana on a pop fly.

"On a positive note, Kyle Davies pitched great -- six strong innings," Yost said. "Aaron Crow did a phenomenal job with the bases loaded."

Santana had an RBI double in the first and Cleveland took a 2-1 lead in the third on Choo's sacrifice fly.

Wilson Betemit had a sacrifice fly in the second for the Royals and singled leading off the seventh, tying his career best with a 10-game hitting streak.

Notes

  • It was Butler's 25th birthday.
  • The two AL Central leaders will play each other seven times in 11 days, including a three-game series next week in Cleveland.
  • Carrasco's first major-league victory was against the Royals last Sept. 17. He pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.
  • Gordon also had a 12-game hitting streak in 2008.
  • The Royals failed to score in the eighth despite two Cleveland errors.
 
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Matt LaPorta does his part in the Indians' win. The first baseman provides a pair of hits along with a run and an RBI. (AP)
Matt LaPorta does his part in the Indians' win. The first baseman provides a pair of hits along with a run and an RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Grady Sizemore, CF5131120 .556
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5020111 .288
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5111026 .213
Carlos Santana, C4111113 .200
Travis Hafner, DH3010121 .353
    Travis Buck, PR-DH0000000 .241
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH-DH1011000 .364
    Adam Everett, PR-DH0100000 .417
Orlando Cabrera, 2B5000013 .262
Michael Brantley, LF3110201 .304
Matt LaPorta, 1B4121101 .260
Jack Hannahan, 3B5111014 .217
Totals407136710  
a-doubled for Buck in the 10th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (2, Davies), Carlos Santana (1, Davies), Travis Hafner (3, Davies), Shelley Duncan (3, Collins), Jack Hannahan (2, Collins)
SF - Shin-Soo Choo (2)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (2), Shin-Soo Choo (7), Carlos Santana (8), Shelley Duncan (4), Matt LaPorta (9), Jack Hannahan (7)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (1), Carlos Santana (5), Jack Hannahan (2)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (3, 2nd base off Davies/Treanor), Michael Brantley (3, 2nd base off Davies/Treanor)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-A. Cabrera-LaPorta
E - Orlando Cabrera (1, Throwing), Matt LaPorta (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Carrasco 6.1733140 4.85
Vinnie Pestano 0.2000010 1.59
Rafael Perez 0.2000100 0.00
Joe Smith (W,1-0) 1.1000100 3.86
Justin Germano 1000000 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 93-65, Vinnie Pestano 12-8, Rafael Perez 14-7, Joe Smith 26-16, Justin Germano 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 7-7, Vinnie Pestano 1-0, Rafael Perez 2-1, Joe Smith 1-3, Justin Germano 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 26, Vinnie Pestano 2, Rafael Perez 4, Joe Smith 5, Justin Germano 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, 2B5110011 .200
    Brayan Pena, C0000000 .240
Melky Cabrera, CF5111000 .274
Alex Gordon, LF5011020 .353
Billy Butler, DH3120200 .368
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B4000015 .160
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010102 .328
Wilson Betemit, 3B3011013 .368
Matt Treanor, C2000001 .156
   a- Chris Getz, PH-2B1000000 .264
Alcides Escobar, SS4000001 .219
Totals3537335  
a-flied out for Treanor in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (4, Carrasco), Jeff Francoeur (4, Carrasco)
SF - Wilson Betemit (2)
SH - Matt Treanor (1)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (8), Alex Gordon (12), Wilson Betemit (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Cabrera-Aviles, Aviles-Escobar-Ka'aihue
E - Alcides Escobar (1, Throwing), Jeremy Jeffress (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies 6722070 7.20
Jeremy Jeffress (BS,1) 0.1111300 2.57
Aaron Crow 1.2000220 0.00
Joakim Soria 1100000 6.23
Tim Collins (L,1-1) 1444210 6.00
WP - Jeremy Jeffress (1), Aaron Crow (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 90-57, Jeremy Jeffress 24-9, Aaron Crow 29-14, Joakim Soria 12-8, Tim Collins 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-6, Aaron Crow 1-2, Joakim Soria 2-0, Tim Collins 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 24, Jeremy Jeffress 5, Aaron Crow 7, Joakim Soria 3, Tim Collins 9
Game Information
Attendance - 12214
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez