Royals beat Indians to take series

Updated: September 11, 2013

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Alex Gordon set the tone by homering to lead
off the game and James Shields pitched into the ninth inning, as the Kansas
City Royals posted a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the rubber match of
a three-game set between playoff hopefuls.

Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and scored two runs for the Royals, who are
now a half-game behind the Indians and 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay for the
second AL wild-card spot.

Shields (11-9) allowed two first-inning hits, the second a two-out, two-run
single by Michael Brantley. He then silenced Cleveland’s bats until Jason
Kipnis and Carlos Santana opened the ninth with consecutive hits.

Greg Holland, however, shut down the rally by striking out the next three
batters to pick up his 42nd save.

Shields surrendered just the four hits, walked one and struck out seven.

Scott Kazmir (8-8) started for the Indians and gave up four runs — three
earned — on nine hits in four-plus innings.

Gordon drove Kazmir’s first pitch to right-center field, sparking a three-run
opening frame. Bonifacio followed with a triple past a sliding Drew Stubbs in
right and scored on an Eric Hosmer single. Back-to-back singles by Justin
Maxwell and Lorenzo Cain plated Hosmer with two outs.

Kazmir, like Shields, his former Rays rotation mate, settled down over the
next couple innings before Bonifacio and Hosmer both singled to begin the
fifth. Bonifacio advanced to second on Kazmir’s errant pickoff attempt and
took third on the hit by Hosmer.

Bryan Shaw relieved Kazmir and inherited the first-and-third situation.
Bonifacio wound up scoring when Billy Butler grounded into a double play.

The Royals continued to tack on against the Cleveland bullpen. Gordon scored
from third on another botched pickoff throw to first by Rich Hill in the
seventh, and birthday boy Mike Moustakas added an RBI single off Matt Albers
an inning later.

Game Notes

Gordon extended his club record with his 13th career leadoff homer … Kazmir
and Shields started the first two games of the 2008 World Series for Tampa
Bay … Holland has converted 35 of his last 36 save opportunities …
Moustakas turned 25 on Wednesday.