This time, the host Cleveland Indians had a late rally to beat the KC Royals, 4-3. The Indians retook control of second place in the American League Central with the win.
The Royals led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth with Kelvin Herrera on in relief of starter Ervin Santana (who pitched great once again). Herrera walked the leadoff hitter and he came around to score on Michael Bourn‘s one out single. Former Royal Mike Aviles followed with a single and Herrera was in a jam (much like the beginning of the season).
Lefty Tim Collins relieved him, but allowed an RBI double to the left-handed hitting Jason Kipnis to tie the game. After intentionally walking switch-hitter Carlos Santana to load the bases, lefty Michael Brantley lifted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough to score Aviles to give the Indians the lead.
Indians closer Vinnie Pestano got into all kinds of trouble in the ninth, but the Royals bailed him out with some poor base running. After back-to-back singles from Mike Moustakas and David Lough to lead off the inning, Chris Getz struck out. Alcides Escobar then ripped a single to right field. Drew Stubbs came up throwing and got Moose caught between third and home. He stayed in the rundown long enough to move Lough to third base.
Pestano then walked Alex Gordon to load the bases. That brought up Eric Hosmer, who grounded out to first to end the game.
Back to the start by Santana. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six.
Luis Mendoza gets the ball for the Royals in the final on Wednesday against the Indians Justin Masterson.