CLEVELAND: Danny Salazar was again hit hard and the Indians’ bats couldn’t get to Kansas City Royals starter James Shields in an 8-2 loss Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Salazar (0-3) cruised for three innings before the Royals (10-9) got to him. In the fourth inning, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Salazar got two quick outs and looked to be on his way to escaping the inning without damage until he left an off-speed pitch up in the zone to Mike Moustakas, who crushed it down the right field line for a three-run homer.
Alcides Escobar followed with a single. He then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Yan Gomes, his sixth error of the season. Escobar scored the Royals’ fourth run of the inning on a bunt single by Jarrod Dyson.
The fifth inning wasn’t much better. With one out, Hosmer doubled off the center field wall and Butler followed with an RBI double to the wall — Michael Bourn leaped and got his glove on the ball but couldn’t complete the catch.
Salazar’s final line: 4? innings pitched, five runs, four earned, two walks, six strikeouts. His season ERA was raised to 7.85.
Salazar drew a tough assignment. Shields is the Royals’ ace and one of the best pitchers in the American League Central.
Bourn singled home a run in the second inning after Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an error to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Following the Royals’ offensive surge, Gomes cut Kansas City’s lead to 5-2 with an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh, Hosmer canceled that out with an RBI double down the left field line of his own off C.C. Lee, making it 6-2. The Royals tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning against Scott Atchison on a two-run double by Alex Gordon.
The game was played in front of just 8,848 fans, the second-lowest attendance in Progressive Field history. It’s only the second time in park history the Indians (9-11) failed to draw 9,000 people.
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By Ryan Lewis
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