Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Zach Walters each had an RBI and
Danny Salazar (5-6) allowed four hits over five scoreless innings
prior to a 45-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Indians won for the 12th time in 17 games to remain four games
behind Detroit for the American League’s second wild card.
Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Royals, who saw
their lead in the American League Central trimmed to a half-game
over the Tigers. Cleveland, which won the 9,000th game in franchise
history, is just 4 1/2 games behind Kansas City after out-hitting
the Royals 13-9.
Kipnis had a one-out single in the second off Jason Vargas (10-7)
and scored on a two-out double by Walters. Cleveland added three
more in the third on run-scoring singles by Ramirez and Santana and
a fielder’s choice by Kipnis before Santana capped the victory with
a two-run blast in the ninth.
Michael Brantley had three hits and Yan Gomes, Ramirez and Santana
each had two for the Indians. Vargas allowed four runs and 10 hits
in six innings.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) will begin a minor-league
rehab stint at Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. … Gomes was activated from
the concussion disabled list and C Chris Gimenez was placed on the
paternity list. … Kansas City LHP Bruce Chen was designated for
assignment and RHP Louis Coleman was recalled from Omaha.
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