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Royals 6, Indians 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luis Mendoza felt terrible for much of the week, then quickly got into trouble when he returned to the mound Friday night.

Once he wiggled out of that first-inning jam, it was mostly smooth sailing from there.

Mendoza pitched into the seventh in his first start since a bout with strep throat, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 victory over the struggling Cleveland Indians.

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Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena each drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won three straight and four of six. Mendoza (8-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

The Indians have lost 40 of 52 games since July 26 when they were 50-49 and trailed AL Central-leading White Sox by 3 ½ games. They have lost six straight against Kansas City and eight of nine overall in the season series.

Mendoza (8-9), who was scratched from a Wednesday start with the illness, got off to shaky start. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis singled with no outs in the first and moved up on Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice.

Mendoza then struck out Carlos Santana and issued an intentional walk to Michael Brantley before Travis Hafner grounded out to end the inning.

"He did a great job of getting out of it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Striking out Santana was a huge out and he ended up getting out of it."

Mendoza was sick for much of the week.

"On Monday, I felt terrible, all my body hurt," he said. "I just came to the field and tried to get something to feel better. Tuesday I came in early, I started feeling better. Tonight, I felt good, felt 100 percent."

Kansas City pushed across two runs in the second on RBI singles by Pena and Irving Falu. Moustakas tacked on a sacrifice fly in the third and a run-scoring groundout in the fifth.

Mendoza departed after Ezequiel Carrera led off the seventh with a bunt single. Tim Collins hit Choo with a pitch and yielded a two-out, two-run single to Santana.

Kansas City responded with two runs in the eighth to make it 6-3. Eric Hosmer, who had the winning RBI single in Thursday's victory over Chicago, hit a sacrifice fly and Pena doubled in Jeff Francoeur.

Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities.

"The eighth inning was big after it got back to a one-run lead, to get two more runs and get Holland some breathing room," Yost said. "He came in for the third night in a row and was fantastic."

Mendoza earned his first victory since Aug. 11. He was 0-1 with four no-decisions since his previous win.

"Offensively, we continue to struggle, especially with situational hitting," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "The first inning we had a situation where we could just take the lead, and who knows what would happen after that. But, we failed to drive in a run with a runner on third and the infield back."

Justin Masterson (11-15) lost his third straight start. He was charged with four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Brantley singled home Cabrera in the third inning for Cleveland's first run.

Notes

Royals C Salvador Perez and LF Alex Gordon were held out of the lineup with bruised hands. Manager Ned Yost said Perez has been battling sore hands for a week and likely would not play in the weekend series against the Indians. Gordon bruised his hand while sliding into home in the sixth inning Thursday. Gordon did come in as a defensive replacement in the eighth. Yost said Gordon probably would start Saturday. .. Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who has lost five straight decisions, will start Saturday. The Royals will counter with rookie LHP Will Smith. ... George Toma, who was the Royals' groundskeeper from their inaugural season until 1995, was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame before the game. Toma becomes the 25th member of the Royals' hall.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Pena
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

A. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4110010 .276
Jason Kipnis, 2B5010010 .255
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4120022 .271
Carlos Santana, C3012113 .252
Michael Brantley, CF3011101 .283
Travis Hafner, DH3000005 .232
   a- Matt LaPorta, PH-DH1010000 .239
    Vinny Rottino, PR-DH0000000 .157
Casey Kotchman, 1B3020000 .234
   b- Russ Canzler, PH-1B1000011 .254
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4000003 .267
Ezequiel Carrera, LF4110001 .242
Totals35310326  
a-singled for Hafner in the 8th
b-struck out for Kotchman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (32, Mendoza)
SH - Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (70), Michael Brantley (60)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (28), Michael Brantley (26)
SB - Asdrubal Cabrera (9, 3rd base off Mendoza/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (L,11-15) 6744230 4.97
Joe Smith 1000010 3.21
Cody Allen 0.1222000 3.81
Scott Maine 0.2100000 4.74
IBB - Butler by Justin Masterson
HBP - Escobar (by Justin Masterson), Lough (by Scott Maine)
WP - Justin Masterson (13)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 97-56, Joe Smith 18-13, Cody Allen 12-7, Scott Maine 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 9-4, Cody Allen 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 26, Joe Smith 3, Cody Allen 3, Scott Maine 4
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF3110100 .270
    Alex Gordon, LF0000000 .293
Alcides Escobar, SS3010010 .295
Mike Moustakas, 3B3112000 .248
Billy Butler, DH3010121 .309
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-DH0000000 .313
Jeff Francoeur, RF4210003 .233
Eric Hosmer, 1B3001011 .238
Brayan Pena, C4122000 .253
David Lough, LF-CF3010000 .243
Irving Falu, 2B4121002 .333
Totals30610624  
Batting
2B - Brayan Pena (10, Maine)
SF - Mike Moustakas (5), Eric Hosmer (5)
RBI - Mike Moustakas 2 (71), Eric Hosmer (60), Brayan Pena 2 (24), Irving Falu (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brayan Pena 2 (14), Irving Falu (4)
SB - Alcides Escobar (31, 2nd base off Masterson/Santana)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Falu-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luis Mendoza (W,8-9) 6822230 4.44
Tim Collins (H,10) 1111010 3.41
Francisley Bueno (H,2) 1100010 1.88
Greg Holland (S,15) 1000010 2.80
IBB - Brantley by Luis Mendoza
HBP - Choo (by Tim Collins)
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 90-52, Tim Collins 20-15, Francisley Bueno 11-11, Greg Holland 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 8-6, Tim Collins 1-1, Francisley Bueno 1-1
Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 27, Tim Collins 5, Francisley Bueno 4, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22805
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Adrian Johnson