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Santana homers again in KC, helps Indians win


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City.

Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night.

The loss cut the Royals' lead to a half-game over Detroit in the AL Central.

Santana connected in the ninth inning for his 22nd home run, helped Cleveland win for the fifth time in six games.

''I have teams, Minnesota, Kansas City, I have good sense when I come here,'' Santana said.

Santana said he hit a changeup from Francisley Bueno that was right down the middle.

''I hope the streak continues,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That's a nice swing. He can get streaky with his homers.''

Boosted by his big four-game set in July, Santana is 14 for 26 with six homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.269 slugging percentage this year in Kansas City.

Santana also had an RBI single as he kept wrecking the Royals. He is hitting only .229 overall this year.

Danny Salazar (5-6) pitched four-hit ball for five shutout innings.

''I was feeling good with my fastball,'' Salazar said. ''I was throwing it hard. That was my only thought.''

He didn't come back out after a 44-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth.

''We just couldn't get anything going offensively,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Jason Vargas (10-7) gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings. In his past two starts, both losses, he has allowed 21 hits in 12 innings.

Zach Walters hit an RBI double in the second to put Cleveland ahead.

Tyler Bolt led off the Indians' three-run third with a bunt single. Santana and Jose Ramirez had RBI singles and Michael Brantley, who had three hits, scored on Jeff Kipnis' groundout.

Salazar gave up four singles, walked two and struck out three in five innings. After his exit, there was a parade of six Cleveland relievers.

The Royals did not score until the ninth on an RBI single by Alcides Escobar, who matched a career high with his fourth hit.

''That was a tough loss,'' Escobar said. ''I got four hits, but only one run. There's nothing we can do about it now.''

NO MORE CHEN MUSIC

The Royals designated for assignment LHP Bruce Chen after he yielded six runs on five hits, three for extra bases, and two walks in the 10th inning Thursday in a loss to Minnesota. This was Chen's sixth season with the Royals and he led the club in victories in three straight seasons from 2010-12. ''He's been here a long time,'' Yost said. ''I've watched him win a bunch of ballgames. His presence on the field well as well off the field has been great for all of us.'' RHP Louis Coleman was summoned from Triple-A Omaha, taking Chen's roster spot.

ONE AND DONE

Indians LHPs Kyle Crockett and Marc Rzepczynski each threw just one pitch. Crockett hit Mike Moustakas with his pitch to start the seventh and was pulled. Rzepczynski retired Alex Gordon on a groundout to finish the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: C Yan Gomes was activated from the concussion list after missing six games. ... OF David Murphy (strained right oblique) took batting practice. ... C-IF Chris Gimenez was placed on the paternity list.

Royals: 1B Eric Hosmer (broken right hand) will report Saturday to Triple-A Omaha to begin a minor league rehab assignment. ... 2B Omar Infante (right shoulder inflammation) was not in the lineup for the fourth straight game.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer, who gave up four hits and struck out nine in six scoreless innings in beating Houston in his previous start, will start the middle game of this series.

Royals: RHP James Shields has won his past three starts against the Indians with a 1.80 ERA in that 20-inning span.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Escobar
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

C. Santana
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Michael Bourn, CF5000023.268.324.383
Jose Ramirez, SS5221000.260.295.317
Michael Brantley, LF5130001.310.369.496
Carlos Santana, 1B4123111.229.368.429
Jason Kipnis, 2B5111003.251.323.347
Yan Gomes, C4020000.286.325.477
Zach Walters, DH4011012.194.255.490
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3010112.292.356.456
Tyler Holt, RF4110024.310.333.345
Danny Salazar, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Tomlin, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals39613627    
Batting
2B - Michael Brantley 2 (35, Vargas), Zach Walters (2, Vargas)
HR - Carlos Santana (22, Bueno)
RBI - Jose Ramirez (9), Carlos Santana 3 (64), Jason Kipnis (41), Zach Walters (15)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (25), Zach Walters (6)
SB - Jose Ramirez (5, 2nd base off Vargas/Perez)
CS - Jason Kipnis (3, 2nd base by Vargas/Perez)
Team LOB - 8
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Salazar (W,5-6) 5400230 4.23
Chen-Chang Lee 1000100 3.32
Kyle Crockett 0000000 1.85
Scott Atchison 0.2100000 2.79
Marc Rzepczynski (H,12) 0.1000000 3.00
Bryan Shaw 1100000 2.38
Josh Tomlin 1311010 4.40
HBP - Moustakas (by Kyle Crockett)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Salazar 72-45, Chen-Chang Lee 16-9, Kyle Crockett 1-0, Scott Atchison 6-5, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Bryan Shaw 22-15, Josh Tomlin 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Salazar 4-8, Chen-Chang Lee 1-2, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Bryan Shaw 2-1, Josh Tomlin 1-1
Batters Faced - Danny Salazar 21, Chen-Chang Lee 4, Kyle Crockett 1, Scott Atchison 3, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Bryan Shaw 4, Josh Tomlin 6
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF5010002.263.332.332
Alcides Escobar, SS5041000.279.313.368
Alex Gordon, LF5000027.279.352.452
Billy Butler, 1B5010012.277.330.388
Salvador Perez, C4000001.264.298.411
Josh Willingham, DH2010211.219.350.416
Lorenzo Cain, CF4010003.299.338.404
Mike Moustakas, 3B2000102.207.268.380
Christian Colon, 2B4110002.302.348.442
Jason Vargas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Downs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3619134    
Batting
RBI - Alcides Escobar (44)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Jason Vargas (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (L,10-7) 61044050 3.27
Scott Downs 1100100 5.14
Louis Coleman 1000110 7.15
Francisley Bueno 1222011 4.50
WP - Scott Downs (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 112-72, Scott Downs 24-13, Louis Coleman 18-9, Francisley Bueno 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 9-3, Scott Downs 3-0, Louis Coleman 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 27, Scott Downs 5, Louis Coleman 4, Francisley Bueno 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31341
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - John Tumpane