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Butler, Royals overcome Indians for 5th win in row


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Billy Butler and the surging Kansas City Royals wrecked things for the Cleveland Indians for the second straight night.

Butler homered for the second consecutive game and the Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

A day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning beat Cleveland, Butler connected for a tiebreaking shot in the fifth inning. It was 5-5 when he tagged Nick Hagadone for a 433-foot drive over the Royals bullpen in left field, 11 feet further than Friday's shot.

''I've never been a guy that's usually gotten distance,'' Butler said. ''I caught the last two pretty good. Maybe I'm starting to figure it out and starting to put the barrel on it.

''I got a good pitch and got a good result. I'm just going to keep building off that.''

The pitch was a mistake by Hagadone.

''It was supposed to be down and away,'' Hagadone said. ''It was an 0-1 fastball that was down and in the middle. He hit it pretty good. He put a good swing on it. Once he hit it I knew it was gone.''

Carlos Santana hit his third homer in two games for Cleveland, which has lost six of seven.

Jeremy Guthrie (6-9) won despite giving up five runs, 10 hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.

''I didn't feel as bad as the results were in the second inning,'' Guthrie said. ''I just couldn't make a big pitch to get anybody out. They started banging around a little when I got a little tired. I really just felt frustrated. I understood the bullpen needed a rest today.

''I wasn't certainly going to accomplish that goal as much as I wanted to after the second inning. At that point, I wanted to get as many quick outs as possible.''

Greg Holland, the fourth Kansas City reliever, got his 27th save in 29 chances.

Zach McAllister (3-6) couldn't hold a 5-0 lead. He gave up a single to Salvador Perez to start the fifth and was replaced by Hagadone.

Guthrie had lost his previous three starts. He has an 8.44 ERA in three starts this season against the Indians.

The Indians scored five times in the second. Santana led off with a home run, and Jason Kipnis broke an 0-for-11 rut with a two-run double.

''Jeremy had a hard time stopping the bleeding in the second,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''But he doesn't let much bother him. He's very calm and very composed.''

Santana is 12 for 25 with six RBIs in his last six games.

''Right now I see the ball very well,'' Santana said. ''I feel comfortable. I'm not thinking too much. I'm enjoying my time and enjoying my game.''

McAllister, just brought up from Triple-A Columbus after going 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA, faced 22 batters and 10 reached base. After starting the season 3-0, he is 0-6 in nine starts.

''When they scored those runs I just kind of fell behind,'' McAllister said. ''I wasn't able to mix when I needed to, and they were able to put the ball in play.''

Omar Infante had an RBI grounder in the third, and the Royals tied it with four more in fourth. Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple with two outs and scored on a passed ball to tie it.

NOTES: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Indians lineup because of an illness. ... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera hasn't played since Monday because of back spasms. ... Aoki batted first for the Royals after hitting in the bottom third of the order for seven games since being activated July 11 from the disabled list. He opened the season batting leadoff. ... The Indians optioned RHP Josh Tomlin, who was 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA, to Triple-A Columbus. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen will make his seventh start Sunday and his third since coming off the disabled list on June 24.

 
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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jason Kipnis, 2B4112112.247.328.352
Jose Ramirez, SS4020112.179.220.205
Michael Brantley, CF5021001.316.376.503
Carlos Santana, 1B4121112.226.363.433
Chris Dickerson, LF5000036.286.375.452
Nick Swisher, DH4000013.202.276.333
Yan Gomes, C4120010.276.320.458
David Murphy, RF3110101.250.312.363
Mike Aviles, 3B4121002.261.280.342
Zach McAllister, P0000000.500.500.500
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37512548    
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (15, Guthrie), Michael Brantley (26, Guthrie), Carlos Santana (16, Guthrie)
HR - Carlos Santana (18, Guthrie)
RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (33), Michael Brantley (64), Carlos Santana (46), Mike Aviles (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (17), Michael Brantley (23), Mike Aviles (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Yan Gomes (6)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,3-6) 4865230 5.65
Nick Hagadone 1111021 3.68
Scott Atchison 1000000 2.93
Marc Rzepczynski 1000030 3.50
Cody Allen 1000000 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 81-48, Nick Hagadone 17-11, Scott Atchison 8-5, Marc Rzepczynski 16-10, Cody Allen 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 5-4, Scott Atchison 1-2, Cody Allen 1-2
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 22, Nick Hagadone 4, Scott Atchison 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Cody Allen 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, DH4122010.262.329.325
Omar Infante, 2B3001100.265.307.368
Alex Gordon, LF4000022.273.354.418
Salvador Perez, C4110011.284.325.432
Mike Moustakas, 3B3100111.198.264.396
Billy Butler, 1B4122001.268.322.363
   Eric Hosmer, 1B0000000.271.317.383
Lorenzo Cain, RF4120010.297.333.410
Jarrod Dyson, CF4000024.273.330.331
Alcides Escobar, SS3221000.278.314.377
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Downs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
   Wade Davis, P0000000.000.000.000
   Greg Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3379628    
Batting
3B - Norichika Aoki (3, McAllister)
HR - Billy Butler (5, Hagadone)
RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (17), Omar Infante (49), Billy Butler 2 (40), Alcides Escobar (30)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (6), Alcides Escobar (16)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Infante-Escobar-Butler, Infante-Escobar-Butler-Infante-Escobar-Butler
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,6-9) 5.21055241 4.70
Scott Downs (H,7) 0.1100100 5.40
Kelvin Herrera (H,8) 1000010 1.84
Wade Davis (H,18) 1100110 1.01
Greg Holland (S,27) 1000020 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 105-64, Scott Downs 14-8, Kelvin Herrera 12-8, Wade Davis 22-16, Greg Holland 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-5, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Scott Downs 3, Kelvin Herrera 3, Wade Davis 5, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29567
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jordan Baker