Kansas City at Cleveland

Kipnis, Brantley power Indians past Royals

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- The squirrel was fearless.

Zach McAllister wasn't nervous, either.

Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers to back McAllister, powering the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Monday night when a trespassing squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.

Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), helping the Indians overcome a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

McAllister (3-0) gave up six hits and overcame three errors - one on his errant throw in the fifth. Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen pitched a hitless inning each, and closer John Axford worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

After the Royals scored three times, McAllister got out of the fifth with an inning-ending double play and then shook off third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall's error in the sixth and notched his third straight win.

''He didn't let anything rattle him,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He worked to execute pitches. He was strong.''

McAllister also withstood a brief delay in the second when a squirrel ventured onto the field and eluded members of the grounds crew before finally leaving for the night.

''He was right in front of me,'' McAllister said.

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher motioned for the critter to run to him, but it darted past and into the outfield grass.

''I was like, `C'mon over here and sit in my glove,''' Swisher said. ''I thought maybe he'd sit on my shoulder like a parrot. I tell you what, that squirrel is eating, bro. That was a big squirrel.''

The squirrel was directed inside the Royals bullpen by some of the grounds staff, but the slippery rodent escaped and returned for another scamper to the delight of the crowd of 10,789. The pesky intruder hung around for another inning before it was shooed into the Indians' center-field bullpen.

The squirrel perched on a ledge for several minutes before jumping the wall into the Heritage Park monument area.

''That little joker was frolicking,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''They could have arrested him for trespassing because he didn't have a ticket.''

Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had two of the Royals' six hits.

Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi went hitless in four at-bats in his season debut. He missed Cleveland's first 18 games with a broken rib.

Swisher led off the sixth with his second double, and Kipnis followed with his third homer, a drive into the seats in right-center. Kipnis is 8 of 13 (.615) with two homers and six RBI off Guthrie, who except for the home runs pitched effectively for 6 1/3 innings.

Helped by McAllister's throwing error, the Royals scored three runs in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.

Mike Moustakas doubled to open the inning and scored when diving center fielder Michael Bourn couldn't squeeze a sinking liner by Alcides Escobar. Jarrod Dyson followed with a bunt toward third that McAllister fielded cleanly before throwing wildly past first, allowing Escobar to score. One out later, Infante's RBI single put the Royals in front.

Brantley connected in the fourth for his team-leading fourth homer, and second in two days.

Kipnis led off with a double, and with one out, Brantley drove a 2-1 pitch from Guthrie over the wall in right. Brantley only hit 10 homers last season, and Francona believes the 26-year-old could develop into a more potent power hitter because ''he gives himself a chance every at-bat.''


Royals 1B coach Rusty Kuntz broke his left arm when he struck by a line drive hit by Salvador Perez during batting practice. Kuntz, who will undergo surgery on Wednesday, was replaced by Mike Jirschele. ... The Indians entered the week as one of four teams - the Reds, Rockies and Padres are the others - yet to play an extra-inning game. ... With Giambi available, Francona gave struggling DH/3B Carlos Santana the night off. Santana was just 2 for 38 in his past 10 games. ... Royals LHPs Tim Collins (strained hip) and Francisley Bueno (sprained finger) is to throw a simulated game Tuesday. Manager Ned Yost said both will go on a minor league rehab before being activated.

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Kansas City Royals
Norichika Aoki, RF4000012 .269
Omar Infante, 2B4021011 .297
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000002 .275
Billy Butler, DH4000011 .200
Alex Gordon, LF4020000 .294
Salvador Perez, C4000002 .227
Mike Moustakas, 3B4110011 .133
Alcides Escobar, SS2111100 .305
Jarrod Dyson, CF1100001 .111
   a-Justin Maxwell, PH-CF1000001 .167
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
a-hit into fielder's choice for Dyson in the 7th
2B - Alex Gordon (7, McAllister), Mike Moustakas (3, McAllister), Alcides Escobar (6, McAllister)
3B - Omar Infante (2, McAllister)
SH - Jarrod Dyson (1)
RBI - Omar Infante (10), Alcides Escobar (8)
CS - Justin Maxwell (1, 2nd base by Rzepczynski/Gomes)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Jarrod Dyson 1
Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie (L,2-1) 6.11044032 4.68
Kelvin Herrera 1.2100000 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 98-69, Kelvin Herrera 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 5-10, Kelvin Herrera 2-3
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Kelvin Herrera 6
Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn, CF4010021 .143
Nick Swisher, 1B4120002 .197
Jason Kipnis, 2B4222002 .246
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4020011 .455
Michael Brantley, LF4112002 .282
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010002 .217
Jason Giambi, DH4000003 .000
David Murphy, RF3010000 .291
Yan Gomes, C3010001 .250
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
2B - Nick Swisher 2 (3, Guthrie), Jason Kipnis (4, Guthrie), Lonnie Chisenhall (6, Herrera), Yan Gomes (2, Guthrie)
HR - Jason Kipnis (3, Guthrie), Michael Brantley (4, Guthrie)
RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (9), Michael Brantley 2 (18)
Team LOB - 6
DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Swisher, A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Swisher-Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Swisher
E - Lonnie Chisenhall 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Zach McAllister (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
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Marc Rzepczynski (H,1) 1000010 1.00
Cody Allen (H,5) 1000010 0.00
John Axford (S,7) 1000000 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 98-70, Marc Rzepczynski 13-8, Cody Allen 10-7, John Axford 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 10-7, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, John Axford 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 26, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Cody Allen 3, John Axford 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10789
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Greg Gibson