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Royals 7, Indians 6 (11) wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alcides Escobar's RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning gave the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

Escobar's two-strike hit scored Eric Hosmer, who led off the inning with a single.

The Indians rallied from a six-run first-inning deficit, but lost their sixth straight, their longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row from June 19-26, 2010.

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Aaron Crow (2-1), the sixth Royals pitcher, worked a spotless 11th inning to pick up the victory.

Reliever Esmil Rogers (1-1), the fifth of six Indians pitchers, took the loss. Carlos Santana had a home run and four RBI for Cleveland.

Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, who was making his first major-league start, faced 10 batters in the first inning and gave up six runs, six hits and a walk, throwing 43 pitches.

Alex Gordon began the Royals' six-run first with his seventh career leadoff home run. Hosmer's three-run homer to center was the big blow of the inning. Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson had run-producing singles.

Kluber, however, pitched longer than Royals veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who was yanked after 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits, one walk and two sacrifice flies. In seven starts since July 1, Chen is 0-3 with an 8.73 ERA, allowing 32 runs, 50 hits and 11 walks in 33 innings.

Kluber made it through 4 1/3 innings, giving up no runs and three hits after the first.

The Indians got a run in the second when Michael Brantley led off with a double and scored on Vinny Rottino's sacrifice fly.

The Indians cut the lead to 6-4 with a three-run third, which was highlighted by a two-run single by Santana. Brantley drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly.

Santana homered with Brent Lillibridge aboard in the fifth off Everett Teaford, who replaced Chen. Santana hit an 0-2 pitch out to left.


DH Travis Hafner, who is on the paternity list, is scheduled to rejoin the Indians on Saturday at Detroit. Hafner returned to Cleveland to be with his wife Amy, who gave birth to an 8-pound boy. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who is 0-2 since being acquired in a July 20 trade with Colorado, will make his third start for the Royals, on Friday against Texas. ... The Royals scored 18 runs in the first three innings of the three-game series with the Indians. ... Kluber became the seventh pitcher to start for the Indians this season. That ties Seattle for the fewest starters used in the AL. Kansas City has used a league-high 12.

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Players of the Game

C. Santana
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5120020 .290
Brent Lillibridge, 2B5220021 .183
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5120011 .280
Carlos Santana, 1B5124011 .238
Michael Brantley, CF4111000 .288
Jose Lopez, 3B4020101 .248
Vinny Rottino, LF4001014 .162
Shelley Duncan, DH3000000 .222
   a- Jason Kipnis, PH-DH1000000 .266
Lou Marson, C4000010 .250
a-?? for Duncan in the 8th
2B - Michael Brantley (30, Chen)
HR - Carlos Santana (11, Teaford)
SF - Michael Brantley (2), Vinny Rottino (1)
RBI - Carlos Santana 4 (46), Michael Brantley (47), Vinny Rottino (6)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (12, 2nd base off Chen/B. Pena), Brent Lillibridge (8, 2nd base off Teaford/B. Pena)
CS - Shin-Soo Choo (6, 3rd base by Chen/B. Pena), Jose Lopez (1, 2nd base by Herrera/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 4
DP - A. Cabrera-Lillibridge-Santana, Santana-A. Cabrera
PB - Lou Marson (1)
E - Brent Lillibridge (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber 4.1966142 12.46
Tony Sipp 1.2000020 4.95
Joe Smith 1100010 3.00
Vinnie Pestano 2000100 1.37
Esmil Rogers (L,1-3) 1.2311110 5.54
Chris Perez0100000 2.75
IBB - Gordon by Esmil Rogers
WP - Esmil Rogers (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 85-56, Tony Sipp 23-14, Joe Smith 20-13, Vinnie Pestano 18-10, Esmil Rogers 31-17, Chris Perez 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 6-2, Tony Sipp 1-2, Joe Smith 2-0, Vinnie Pestano 3-2, Esmil Rogers 3-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 22, Tony Sipp 5, Joe Smith 4, Vinnie Pestano 6, Esmil Rogers 9, Chris Perez 1
Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, LF5121122 .295
Alcides Escobar, SS6121001 .307
Lorenzo Cain, RF5121010 .287
Billy Butler, DH5010022 .301
    Jeff Francoeur, PR-DH0000000 .238
Mike Moustakas, 3B5020012 .259
Brayan Pena, C4100104 .265
Eric Hosmer, 1B5223001 .230
Chris Getz, 2B3110110 .290
Jarrod Dyson, CF5021012 .266
3B - Chris Getz (3, Kluber)
HR - Alex Gordon (6, Kluber), Eric Hosmer (10, Kluber)
SH - Chris Getz (8)
RBI - Alex Gordon (40), Alcides Escobar (37), Lorenzo Cain (18), Eric Hosmer 3 (45), Jarrod Dyson (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar (19), Eric Hosmer 3 (21), Jarrod Dyson (5)
SB - Alex Gordon (5, 2nd base off Kluber/Marson), Alcides Escobar (19, 2nd base off Kluber/Marson), Jarrod Dyson 2 (20, 2nd base off Kluber/Marson, off Kluber/Marson)
Team LOB - 8
Kansas City Royals
Bruce Chen 2.2744100 5.66
Everett Teaford 3.1322021 4.75
Kelvin Herrera 2100030 2.82
Tim Collins 1000010 3.23
Greg Holland 1000010 3.46
Aaron Crow (W,2-1) 1000010 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 55-36, Everett Teaford 45-32, Kelvin Herrera 29-20, Tim Collins 15-10, Greg Holland 8-6, Aaron Crow 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 1-6, Everett Teaford 5-3, Kelvin Herrera 1-1, Tim Collins 1-1, Aaron Crow 2-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 15, Everett Teaford 13, Kelvin Herrera 6, Tim Collins 3, Greg Holland 3, Aaron Crow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15135
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Mike Everitt