Bourn, Indians rally for big 5-3 win in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO – The Cleveland Indians crafted some late-inning bat magic as they rallied a comeback 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
The Royals struck first as they scored one immediately off of Indians’ starter Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.55). Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio drew a one-out walk and scored as first baseman Eric Hosmer followed with a double for the 1-0 lead.
Kansas City piled on to their lead in the third inning as Bonifacio singled to left and swiped second with one out. Hosmer and designated hitter Billy Butler drew a pair of back-to-back walks before catcher Salvador Perez sent a sacrifice fly to left to plate Bonifacio. Third baseman Mike Moustakas followed with a double to center to score Hosmer, advancing the Royals to the 3-0 lead.
Cleveland finally crept on to the board in the sixth inning when first baseman Nick Swisher and designated hitter Carlos Santana hit a set of singles for left fielder Michael Brantley, who lined a single to right to score Swisher.
Meanwhile, Kluber lasted 4.2 innings in which he allowed three runs on six hits, three walks and a pair of strikeouts. He gave way to Rich Hill and Bryan Shaw respectively, each of whom tossed a scoreless inning. Royals’ starter Yordano Ventura (0-0, 0.00) made his major league debut on Tuesday, posting 5.2 innings of five-hit ball, surrendering one run with two walks and a trio of strikeouts.
Cleveland’s comeback continued for the remainder of the game as they plated two more in the seventh on relieverKelvin Herrera. With one out, catcher Yan Gomes was plunked by a pitch before centerfielder Michael Bournunleashed a triple to right. Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bourn, tying the score at 3-3.
Bourn solidified the Cleveland lead in the top of the ninth inning as he greeted reliever Luke Hochevar with a lead-off home run, Bourn’s sixth of the season.
The two-run lead was all the Indians needed as they turned to their bullpen to seal the deal. Reliever Joe Smithreceived the hold in the eighth and closer Chris Perez made a quick work of the Royals’ ninth inning offering as he retired the side in order in the ninth, preserving Cleveland with the 5-3 win.
Tuesday’s win keeps the Indians just a half game back in the American League Wild Card standings. They trail the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, who are tied for first.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.