Recap: Kansas City vs. Cleveland
07/25/2014 12:45 AM
07/25/2014 11:41 PM
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's two-run home run gave the Kansas City Royals a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the second of a four-game set.
Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored while Mike Moustakas also hit a solo home run for the Royals, who have won four straight.
Starter Yordano Ventura lasted 6 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
Carlos Santana hit a pair of home runs and drove in three, while Jason Kipnis also drove in a run for the Indians, who have lost five of their last six games. Josh Tomlin gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Salvador Perez hit a one-out single off of Carlos Carrasco (3-4) in the eighth and Nick Hagadone then took the mound. After getting Moustakas to pop up, Butler punched a shot over the left field wall for a 6-4 lead.
Aaron Crow pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
The Royals opened the scoring in the second inning with back-to-back solo homers from Perez and Moustakas for a 2-0 lead.
Santana's solo home run in the fourth got the Indians on the board, but the Royals answered in the home half.
Alex Gordon led off with a single and was still there three batters later when Raul Ibanez punched a pitch into the right-field corner. Gordon easily scored and Ibanez was sliding into third base when Kipnis' throw went wide, getting stuck under the wall and allowing Ibanez to cross home for a 4-1 lead.
The sixth inning saw the Indians cut into their deficit, as Michael Brantley hit a one-out single and Santana followed with his second homer of the game and 17th of the season to make it a 4-3 game.
Cleveland tied the game in the seventh on Kipnis' sacrifice fly that scored Yan Gomes, who had reached base earlier in the frame on a bad throw from Moustakas.
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