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CLEVELAND -- Manny Acta has seen the injuries for his team mount on a daily basis.
The Cleveland Indians manager also realizes there isn't anything he can do about it.
"We can't call the commissioner and ask for a month off," Acta said after watching his team drop a 2-1 decision to Kansas City on Sunday.
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After rallying to win the first two games of the series, the Indians' revamped lineup, which was without five regulars, was no match for Bruce Chen, who overcame a shaky first inning to win his career-high fifth straight start. Chen (10-5) allowed the first four batters of the game to reach base and walked Carlos Santana with the bases loaded to force in Cleveland's only run. The left-hander, who allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings, is 4-0 in his last five starts against the Indians.
Justin Masterson (10-8) allowed two runs in six innings and lost for the first time since July 24.
The Indians announced before the game that outfielder Michael Brantley will have surgery to remove a portion of the hamate bone in his right hand this week and will miss the rest of the season.
Cleveland also played without outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who will miss at least the next few days with soreness in his left side. Designated hitter Jim Thome, acquired from Minnesota on Friday, wasn't in the starting lineup. The addition of Thome paid off immediately for the Indians. Not only did he hit his 602nd career home run Saturday, his return sparked an increase in ticket sales. The three-game series drew 104,615 fans.
Thome, who was cheered by Cleveland fans all weekend, received another standing ovation when he pinch-hit with a man on first in the eighth. He struck out on four pitches by Greg Holland.
"It's a challenge, but everybody has their issues," Acta said. "I'm not going to sit here and complain. That's part of the game. I knew we couldn't survive some of those injuries. We have to continue to battle."
The Indians lost the tussle with Chen after the first inning. Singles by Ezequiel Carrera, Jason Donald and Asdrubal Cabrera loaded the bases before Santana walked on four pitches to force in a run. Shelley Duncan, swinging at the first pitch, fouled out and Kosuke Fukudome tapped into a pitcher-to-home-to-first double play.
"The first inning killed us," Acta said. "We let him off the hook right there. That's on us."
Cleveland, which entered the game 6½ games behind Detroit in the AL Central, was trying to win three straight for the first time since June 29-July 2.
"We've still got six games against Detroit," Masterson said. "We won this series, although today was a tough one. Detroit's been hot, but we're a team that can stay right there."
Chen gave the Royals a major positive after their bullpen lost leads in the first two games.
"I am feeling good," he said. "I feel like I am throwing my pitches really well. It was a very good day for us."
Mike Moustakas' RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the third for the Royals, who held on to win after losing late leads in the first two games of the series.
Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
The game was delayed briefly in the fifth inning when a woman seated near the Indians dugout was struck in the head by a line drive hit by Hosmer. The woman was given medical attention and walked with assistance to a first aid station in the ballpark.
|Indians starter Justin Masterson takes his first loss since July 24, allowing two runs in six innings. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||5||1||3||0||0||1||2||.301|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.301|
|Billy Butler, DH||5||1||3||0||0||0||3||.299|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.273|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.280|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.232|
|Johnny Giavotella, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.244|
|Chris Getz, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Brayan Pena, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.244|
|RBI - Jeff Francoeur (69), Mike Moustakas (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (6)|
|CS - Melky Cabrera (8, Home by Masterson/Santana)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Chen-B. Pena-Hosmer|
|E - Jeff Francoeur (5, Dropped line drive)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Bruce Chen (W,10-5)||7.1||5||1||1||2||4||0||3.94|
|Greg Holland (H,15)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.82|
|Joakim Soria (S,24)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.39|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 104-64, Greg Holland 10-7, Joakim Soria 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 7-10, Joakim Soria 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 28, Greg Holland 2, Joakim Soria 3|
|Ezequiel Carrera, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.272|
|Jason Donald, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|a- Jim Thome, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.238|
|Cord Phelps, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.164|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.283|
|Carlos Santana, C||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.239|
|Shelley Duncan, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.265|
|b- Lonnie Chisenhall, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Matt LaPorta, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.238|
|Jerad Head, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Donald in the 8th|
|b-fouled out for Duncan in the 9th|
|RBI - Carlos Santana (63)|
|CS - Ezequiel Carrera (4, 2nd base by Chen/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Masterson-Santana-LaPorta|
|Justin Masterson (L,10-8)||6||9||2||2||2||3||0||2.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 113-78, Rafael Perez 12-10, Joe Smith 5-4, Vinnie Pestano 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 6-7, Rafael Perez 2-1, Joe Smith 3-0, Vinnie Pestano 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Rafael Perez 4, Joe Smith 3, Vinnie Pestano 5|
|Attendance - 27908|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|