Royals top Tribe to take series

By
Updated: September 19, 2013

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Kansas City didn’t let another game get
away Wednesday night.

The Royals rebounded from a disappointing setback to post a 7-2 win over the
Cleveland Indians in the rubber match of a critical three-game set at Kauffman
Stadium.

Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar each had two RBI for the Royals, who
squandered a 3-0 lead in Tuesday’s costly 5-3 loss.

Cleveland could have grabbed hold of the second AL wild-card spot with a win.
Instead, the Indians remained a half-game behind Texas. The Royals are two
games back of the Indians.

“Every game is a must win,” said Royals starter Bruce Chen.

Kansas City jumped on Cleveland rookie Danny Salazar (1-3) for three first-
inning runs. Eric Hosmer kept the frame alive with a two-out single, and Perez
followed a Billy Butler walk with a two-run double. Perez advanced to third on
the throw home and wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

Chen (8-3) retired the Indians in order in four of the first five innings.
The lone exception was the third during which Cleveland trimmed its deficit
to 3-2.

Yan Gomes led off with a single and Michael Brantley doubled, with an error by
center fielder Jarrod Dyson allowing Gomes to score. After Mike Aviles
sacrificed the runner to third, Michael Bourn plated Brantley with a sac fly.

The Royals got a run back in the fifth, as one-out singles by Escobar and Alex
Gordon put men on the corners. Gordon then got caught in a rundown while
attempting to swipe second. Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher fired across
the diamond as Escobar broke for home. Another rundown materialized, but
Escobar dropped to the ground, ducking the tag by the catcher Gomes, scrambled
to his feet and scored.

Cleveland had a rally brewing in the sixth, as Chen walked Swisher after Bourn
led off the inning with a single. The Kansas City bullpen shut down the
threat, with Francisley Bueno and Louis Coleman combining to preserve the
Royals’ 4-2 lead.

Kansas City put up another three-spot in the eighth. Dyson drew a walk with
the bases loaded and Escobar singled home a pair.

“It was a tough game, but that’s a good team over there,” Swisher said.

Game Notes

The Royals’ 42 home wins this season are the most since 2000 … Salazar
tossed six innings … Kansas City outhit the Indians, 10-5 … Despite the
loss, Cleveland still won the seasons series, 10-9 … Cleveland’s Carlos
Santana went 0-for-4 to snap his 12-game hitting streak.