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CLEVELAND -- The game had many twists and dragged on well into the night before the Kansas City Royals finally broke their losing streak.
Manager Ned Yost was willing to play until the sun came up if it meant ending the six-game skid.
"I don't care as long as we got it," Royals manager Ned Yost said after Saturday night's 7-6 win over Cleveland in 14 innings.
Tony Abreu's two-out single scored Mike Moustakas with the go-ahead run as Kansas City snapped its longest losing streak since a 12-game skid from April 11-24. The Royals had played .500 ball between the two streaks.
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"It was weighing on me," Yost said. "I don't like going through that, especially late in the season."
Both teams used nine pitchers in the game, which lasted 4 hours and 52 minutes.
"We did a good job of outlasting them," Yost said.
The Royals have matched last season's win total when they finished 71-91.
Scott Maine (2-3) walked Moustakas on four pitches to start the inning. Jeff Francoeur and Brayan Pena struck out, but Maine's wild pitch moved Moustakas into scoring position. Abreu blooped a single to center to score the go-ahead run.
Vin Mazzaro (4-3) pitched two scoreless innings and Kelvin Herrera pitched the 14th for his third save. The Indians loaded the bases with nobody out, but didn't score. Cleveland stranded 20 baserunners.
Ezequiel Carrera reached on a bunt hit and took third on Shin-Soo Choo's single to right. Jason Kipnis walked to load the bases. Carlos Santana's fly ball to left wasn't deep enough to score Carrera. Lonnie Chisenhall sent a line drive to right field. Francoeur raced in and made a waist high catch with Carrera holding third.
Casey Kotchman, who bounced into a double play with runners on first and third to end the 12th, grounded out to end the game.
"Any time you have as many chances as I did to send the other team on a walk-off (win) as I did, it's certainly frustrating," he said.
"Herrera just did a phenomenal job," Yost said. "I just kept thinking he's done it before and he can do it again, and darn sure if he didn't."
Cleveland's bullpen pitched 10 scoreless innings before allowing the winning run.
The Indians won Friday night in interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first game since replacing Manny Acta, who was fired Thursday. Alomar and Terry Francona are the only known candidates for the job. Francona, who managed Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, likely won't interview until after the season ends on Wednesday.
"Today was a difficult game, but it was fun," Alomar said. "The guys came back, they fought."
The loss snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak. The Indians haven't won four straight since June 18-22.
The Royals were down 1-0, but had a six-run third inning that was highlighted by Francoeur's three-run homer. Billy Butler's RBI single and Moustakas's two-run double also keyed the inning.
Trailing 6-2, the Indians scored twice in the eighth before rallying in the ninth to tie the game off closer Greg Holland. Santana drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and went to third on Chisenhall's bloop single to left. After Kotchman's sacrifice, pinch-hitter Cord Phelps struck out on three pitches.
Asdrubal Cabrera, who didn't start while resting wrist and back injuries, worked the count to 3-2 before dropping a double into right-center to tie the game.
Royals 1B Eric Hosmer said he has a small tear in his right rotator cuff. He was injured diving for a ground ball in Thursday's game against Detroit and an MRI on Friday showed the tear. Hosmer said he will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Kansas City on Monday. ... SS Alcides Escobar was out of the lineup for the second straight game for Kansas City. He injured his right shoulder diving for a ball on Thursday. ... Alomar said Cabrera and Brantley will be in the lineup before the season ends. Cabrera has been in and out of the lineup the last two weeks while Brantley hasn't started for the last five games. ... Alomar said RHP Roberto Hernandez (sprained ankle) could pitch out of the bullpen in the last four games.
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David Lough, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.235|
|a- Jason Bourgeois, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Irving Falu, SS||6||1||2||0||0||0||1||.375|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||0||0||2||1||1||.292|
|Billy Butler, 1B||6||1||1||1||0||2||1||.313|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||1||2||0||1||1||0||.300|
|Jarrod Dyson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Adam Moore, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||2||1||2||2||2||1||.243|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||6||1||2||3||0||3||3||.237|
|Brayan Pena, DH||6||0||0||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Tony Abreu, 2B||6||0||1||1||0||0||0||.266|
|a-lined out for Lough in the 12th|
|2B - Irving Falu (6, Gomez), Mike Moustakas (34, Gomez), Jeff Francoeur (26, Gomez)|
|HR - Jeff Francoeur (15, Gomez)|
|RBI - Billy Butler (107), Mike Moustakas 2 (73), Jeff Francoeur 3 (47), Tony Abreu (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (38), Mike Moustakas 2 (36), Jeff Francoeur 3 (25), Tony Abreu (9)|
|PK - Jarrod Dyson (2, Allen)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Falu-Abreu-Butler|
|E - Nate Adcock 2 (2, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Francisley Bueno (H,3)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.65|
|Tim Collins (H,11)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|Greg Holland (BS,4)||1||2||2||2||3||1||0||3.00|
|Vin Mazzaro (W,4-3)||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||5.82|
|Kelvin Herrera (S,3)||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||2.38|
|IBB - Brantley by Greg Holland|
|HBP - Hafner (by Nate Adcock)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 65-43, Nate Adcock 46-31, Francisley Bueno 10-6, Aaron Crow 19-9, Tim Collins 6-4, Greg Holland 27-11, Tommy Hottovy 46-28, Vin Mazzaro 21-13, Kelvin Herrera 20-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 3-2, Nate Adcock 5-1, Francisley Bueno 2-2, Aaron Crow 1-0, Greg Holland 1-1, Tommy Hottovy 3-3, Vin Mazzaro 1-3, Kelvin Herrera 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 11, Nate Adcock 16, Francisley Bueno 4, Aaron Crow 5, Tim Collins 2, Greg Holland 8, Tommy Hottovy 9, Vin Mazzaro 7, Kelvin Herrera 6|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||7||0||2||2||1||0||8||.282|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||5||1||0||0||3||1||4||.255|
|Carlos Santana, C||5||1||0||0||3||2||4||.255|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||7||1||3||1||1||1||3||.283|
|Russ Canzler, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.301|
|a- Casey Kotchman, PH-1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.229|
|Travis Hafner, DH||2||1||0||0||1||0||3||.224|
|Jason Donald, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.191|
|b- Cord Phelps, PH-DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.185|
|Brent Lillibridge, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.202|
|c- Asdrubal Cabrera, PH-SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.271|
|Thomas Neal, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.182|
|d- Michael Brantley, PH-CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.288|
|Ezequiel Carrera, CF-LF||5||0||2||0||2||0||2||.272|
|a-grounded out for Canzler in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Donald in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Lillibridge in the 8th|
|d-singled for Neal in the 8th|
|2B - Lonnie Chisenhall (5, Odorizzi), Asdrubal Cabrera (35, Holland), Ezequiel Carrera (6, Hottovy)|
|SH - Casey Kotchman (3)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (64), Lonnie Chisenhall (16), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (64)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (31), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (23)|
|SB - Shin-Soo Choo (20, 2nd base off Odorizzi/Perez), Brent Lillibridge 2 (13, 2nd base off Odorizzi/Perez, 2nd base off Adcock/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 20|
|DP - Chisenhall-Canzler|
|Scott Maine (L,2-3)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||5.61|
|WP - Jeanmar Gomez (2), Scott Maine (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeanmar Gomez 62-36, Chris Seddon 31-25, Tony Sipp 14-10, Frank Herrmann 20-12, Esmil Rogers 15-12, Vinnie Pestano 13-8, Cody Allen 21-11, Scott Barnes 22-15, Scott Maine 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeanmar Gomez 3-3, Chris Seddon 5-3, Tony Sipp 1-2, Frank Herrmann 1-0, Esmil Rogers 3-0, Vinnie Pestano 2-0, Scott Barnes 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jeanmar Gomez 17, Chris Seddon 10, Tony Sipp 3, Frank Herrmann 4, Esmil Rogers 3, Vinnie Pestano 3, Cody Allen 4, Scott Barnes 6, Scott Maine 5|
|Attendance - 17109|
|Game Time - 4:52|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|