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Indians beat Royals 3-2 in 11 innings


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It's getting very crowded at the top of the AL Central. The surging Cleveland Indians have turned the division into one of baseball's best playoff races.

Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Kansas City has lost three in a row to fall into a first-place tie with Detroit, which split a doubleheader at Chicago. Cleveland, which has won six of seven, is just 3 1/2 back.

''It's extremely agonizing,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''It's frustrating.''

The Royals got a run back in the bottom of the 11th when Salvador Perez's two-out double scored Jarrod Dyson. But Erik Kratz struck out to end the game.

Jose Ramirez sparked Cleveland's winning rally with a leadoff triple. Brantley followed with a base hit against Scott Downs (0-4).

''It was a hustle triple,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I about swallowed my tobacco when he went around second. Instead of Brantley trying to get the runner over they have to bring the infield in and he hit a chopper over the infield.''

Brantley then stole second and went to third on Perez's throwing error before Santana singled into center field.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the 10th, but failed to score off Josh Tomlin (6-8). The reliever got Alcides Escobar to hit a grounder to third, forcing Perez at the plate. He then struck Jayson Nix, who was making his Royals debut.

The Royals went 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 runners, twice leaving the bases loaded.

''We weren't getting any hits with runners in scoring position, it was plain and simple,'' Yost said. ''One was an infield hit and didn't score a run. We had a multitude of opportunities starting in the first inning. We just couldn't take advantage of it.''

Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead when Yan Gomes doubled in Jason Kipnis in the fourth.

The Royals tied it in the eighth without the benefit of a hit. Alex Gordon led off with a walk. Billy Butler then hit a comebacker that should have been a double play, but reliever Scott Atchison threw the ball into center field, putting Gordon on third. With the bases loaded, Lorenzo Cain's grounder scored Gordon for an unearned run.

''That's tough, leaving that many runners on base,'' Cain said. ''We should have definitely beat these kids. We had a few chances to walk it off. I did myself. We just didn't get the job done. We've got to come through in those tight situations if we want to get to the playoffs.''

Indians rookie Trevor Bauer pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings despite issuing five walks. He allowed four hits and struck out six. The Royals loaded the bases with none out in the first, but Bauer escaped the jam.

''I was fortunate to get out of it,'' Bauer said. ''With the way the game turned out it was important to get out of it with no runs. Usually in that situation you try to keep it to one or two, but that was big with no runs.''

James Shields tossed seven innings of one-run ball for Kansas City. He gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

''It's disappointing,'' Shields said. ''We had the game right in our grasp, right in our hands and we didn't come out of it.''

Wade Davis replaced Shields and struck out the side in the eighth to run his scoreless streak to 25 2-3 innings, the longest active streak in the majors. He has allowed just one run in his 49 innings, lowering his ERA to 0.76.

INDIANS WINNING WAYS

The Indians have won five straight series and are a season-best six games above .500. They have won eight of their past 10 road games. They are 17-9 in August for their fourth straight winning month.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: DH Jason Giambi (left knee inflammation) and OF Ryan Raburn (right wrist soreness) are on a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. Giambi is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday and Raburn on Tuesday.

Royals: DH-OF Josh Willingham was unavailable with a stiff back. .1B Eric Hosmer (fractured right hand) went 2 for 6 with two RBIs and struck out twice in his first rehab game with Triple-A Omaha. ... 2B Omar Infante (right shoulder inflammation) started after missing four games.

UP NEXT

Indians: Rookie LHP T.J. House, who won his first big league July 5 over the Royals, is coming off a rocky outing, giving up five runs Tuesday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy's 2.47 ERA ranks third in the American League, but he has a losing record at 8-11.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

J. Shields
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Michael Bourn, CF5010032.267.322.383
Jose Ramirez, SS4110111.260.299.331
Michael Brantley, LF5121013.311.370.497
Carlos Santana, 1B5011001.229.367.426
Jason Kipnis, 2B5110010.251.321.348
Yan Gomes, C5011020.285.324.476
Zach Walters, DH4000031.186.245.471
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4020001.294.358.457
Mike Aviles, RF4000002.248.275.339
   Tyler Holt, RF0000000.310.333.345
Trevor Bauer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Tomlin, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals41393111    
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (12, Shields), Michael Brantley (36, Shields), Jason Kipnis (21, Shields), Yan Gomes (22, Shields)
3B - Jose Ramirez (1, Downs)
RBI - Michael Brantley (84), Carlos Santana (65), Yan Gomes (54)
SB - Michael Bourn (9, 2nd base off Shields/Perez), Michael Brantley (17, 3rd base off Frasor/Perez)
CS - Carlos Santana (2, 2nd base by Frasor/Perez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Santana-Ramirez-Bauer
E - Scott Atchison (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Bauer 5.2400560 3.99
Kyle Crockett (H,3) 0.1000000 1.82
Scott Atchison (H,10) 1.1010110 2.73
Nick Hagadone 0000100 1.37
Chen-Chang Lee (BS,1) 0.1000000 3.27
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1000000 2.98
Cody Allen 1100120 1.68
Josh Tomlin (W,6-8) 2411140 4.40
IBB - Kratz by Nick Hagadone, Moustakas by Josh Tomlin
WP - Trevor Bauer (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bauer 105-64, Kyle Crockett 5-4, Scott Atchison 19-11, Nick Hagadone 4-0, Chen-Chang Lee 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 5-3, Cody Allen 21-13, Josh Tomlin 54-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bauer 3-7, Kyle Crockett 1-0, Scott Atchison 4-0, Chen-Chang Lee 1-0, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Josh Tomlin 1-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Bauer 25, Kyle Crockett 1, Scott Atchison 6, Nick Hagadone 1, Chen-Chang Lee 1, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Cody Allen 5, Josh Tomlin 11
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010001.263.331.331
   Jayson Nix, 1B2000023.130.183.169
Omar Infante, 2B5020110.256.295.353
Alex Gordon, LF3100301.277.354.450
Billy Butler, 1B4000023.275.327.385
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-CF2110012.291.345.348
Salvador Perez, C6021036.265.299.414
Raul Ibanez, DH1000213.172.260.293
   a-Erik Kratz, PH-DH2000122.225.252.402
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF4021100.302.341.407
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000115.204.267.376
Alcides Escobar, SS5010004.278.312.368
James Shields, P0000000.286.286.429
   Wade Davis, P0000000.000.000.000
   Greg Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Downs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals42292913    
a-was walked intentionally for Ibanez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez 2 (24, Tomlin), Lorenzo Cain (25, Bauer), Alcides Escobar (27, Bauer)
RBI - Salvador Perez (59), Lorenzo Cain (42)
2-OUT RBI - Salvador Perez (20)
SB - Omar Infante (7, 2nd base off Allen/Gomes), Jarrod Dyson (30, 2nd base off Atchison/Gomes), Lorenzo Cain (24, 2nd base off Rzepczynski/Gomes)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Perez-Escobar
E - Salvador Perez (6, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 7511140 3.38
Wade Davis 1000030 0.76
Greg Holland 1000010 1.69
Kelvin Herrera 1100020 1.42
Scott Downs (L,0-4) 0221000 5.40
Jason Frasor 1100010 2.90
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 112-74, Wade Davis 13-9, Greg Holland 10-7, Kelvin Herrera 16-12, Scott Downs 7-4, Jason Frasor 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 6-11, Greg Holland 1-1, Kelvin Herrera 1-0, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, Wade Davis 3, Greg Holland 3, Kelvin Herrera 4, Scott Downs 2, Jason Frasor 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35089
Game Time - 4:23
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Bill Welke