The KC Royals finally ended their six-game losing streak at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory. The win moved the Royals to three games back of TB for the final Wild Card spot. Baltimore lost to the NY Yankees, so the Indians and O’s are 1.5 games back of the Rays. The Yankees are two back.
The Royals received a solid start from Jeremy Guthrie, as he allowed just one run on nine hits over six innings. He struck out two and threw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The lone run he allowed came in the first when he allowed three straight two out hits. The Royals defense turned two double plays, as Guthrie induced ten ground outs.
Alcides Escobar hit a solo home run in the 5th inning off Indians starter Zach McAllister that tied the game at 1-1. It broke a streak of 467 straight at-bats without a homer for Escobar. His last bomb came off fellow Indians starter Justin Masterson way back on April 28th. To that point in the game, McAllister had only allowed one hit.
Kelvin Herrera struggled to record just one out in the Indians two-run seventh, but Luke Hochevar came on to strike out the final two batters of the inning (and three more in the next). Greg Holland earned his 41st save of the season with a perfect ninth. He needed just 11 pitches to record three outs.
Shockingly, the Royals were out-hit (11-12) and actually won. They went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.