The Cleveland Indians pummeled Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for eleven hits and six runs in four innings, and held on for a 7-3 victory to even the three-game series between division rivals at one each.
Lorenzo Cain got things started in the right direction with a lead-off double to begin the game. He then stole third, and scored on a ground-out by Eric Hosmer. But the joy of an early Royals lead would be short-lived.
Guthrie stranded three Indians base runners in the first two innings, but couldn’t wiggle out of trouble in the third. Michael Bourn led off the inning with a solo shot, then two singles sandwiched around a Jason Kipnis double plated two more runs for a 3-1 lead. Guthrie then failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth inning, and was relieved by Francisly Bueno with the score at 6-1.
The Royals pounded out twelve hits of their own, including a solo home run by third baseman Danny Valencia, but were a dismal one for eleven with Runners in Scoring Position.
The Royals made a bid for an epic comeback, loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, but a Cain strikeout and Hosmer double-play grounder ended the threat.
Of note: Danny Valencia went 3 for 4, raising his batting average to .310. Francisely Bueno pitched well (two strikeouts, one hit, and no runs in three innings) and lowered his ERA to 0.71.