Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Michael Brantley registered his first career
multi-homer game and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians earned a 6-3
victory over the Kansas City Royals in the rubber match of a three-game set at
Mike Aviles drove in two runs and Carlos Santana plated another for the
Indians, winners in six of their last eight.
Justin Masterson (9-5) earned his first win since May 29 after tossing 6 1/3
innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts.
Luis Mendoza (2-4) pitched well early for Kansas City, but labored in a three-
run sixth inning and was charged with a total of four runs on four hits with
three walks over five-plus frames.
Eric Hosmer and David Lough each had three hits and drove in one run, while
Elliot Johnson also drove in one for the Royals, who wrapped up a seven-game
road trip with a 4-3 mark.
Mendoza cruised through the first four frames and failed to allow a hit until
the start of the fifth, when Brantley cut Cleveland's deficit to 2-1 with a
line-drive homer to right. Mendoza retired the next three batters in the
fifth, but he fell apart in the sixth and the Indians took advantage by
plating three runs.
Drew Stubbs singled and Michael Bourn walked before Aviles followed with a
single to left to tie the game at 2-2, though Royals left fielder Alex Gordon
appeared to drop an easy out. Jason Kipnis then surprised everyone with a bunt
single, loading the bases with no outs. Mendoza then ended his night by
walking in Santana to give the Tribe a 3-2 lead.
Tim Collins entered the game for Kansas City and served up a sacrifice fly to
Brantley to round out the inning's scoring, but escaped the frame by striking
out Ryan Raburn and forcing a Lonnie Chisenhall groundout.
Aviles added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Brantley provided his second
homer of the game in the eighth, another blast to right. Hosmer recorded an
RBI double in the ninth for the visitors.
Kansas City opened up the scoring in the fourth as Lough singled, advanced to
third on a Mike Moustakas double and scored on Johnson's RBI single to center.
The damage could have been worse for Masterson, but the righty fanned Alcides
Escobar with runners on second and third and got some help from Hosmer, who
saved two runs from scoring with an inning-ending diving stab at first on
Gordon's line drive.
The Royals added another run one inning later. Hosmer singled and swiped
second, then moved to third on Billy Butler's single with one out. After
Lorenzo Cain struck out, Lough came through with a run-scoring single down the
left-field line to make it 2-0.
The Indians won their third consecutive series ... Masterson is 6-1 in nine
starts at Progressive Field this year. He's allowed seven runs and struck out
52 to go 5-0 in his last six home starts ... The Royals had 12 hits and left
nine men on base ... Bourn scored twice for Cleveland.
The Sports Network