Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer's tie-breaking home run in the
seventh inning helped the Kansas City Royals take a 6-5 win over the Cleveland
Indians in a game that didn't end until after 1 a.m. local time.
Miguel Tejada and Salvador Perez each had two hits and an RBI for the Royals,
who had dropped the opener of this series by a 6-5 score.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits with
three walks and three strikeouts. Will Smith (1-1) tossed 1 2/3 frames to get
The start of this game was delayed for 2 hours, 37 minutes due to rain, and
there was another delay of 12 minutes with one out in the seventh as several
banks of lights in the stadium went out.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a three-run inside-the-park home run for the
Indians, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Scott Kazmir went five-plus innings in the start and gave up three runs on six
hits. Cody Allen (3-1) was tagged with the loss for giving up Hosmer's home
With the scored tied at 5-5 with two outs in the seventh, Hosmer lofted a
pitch over the center field wall for his eighth homer of the season.
Smith set the Indians down in order in the eighth inning while Greg Holland
kept the Indians off the board in the ninth for his 18th save of the season.
The Royals took the initial lead in the game as Alex Gordon led off the game
with a double and later scored on a Billy Butler single in the first inning.
Cleveland stranded a runner at third in the second inning, and didn't threaten
again until the sixth when the team took the lead.
Michael Bourn led off with a single and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a base
hit. Kipnis then lofted a fly ball to deep left field that Gordon tried to
track down, but as he approached the wall he turned his back to the fence,
landing awkwardly and hitting his head and back against the fence. The ball
fell and Kipnis raced home for the inside-the-park home run and a 3-1 lead.
Gordon had to exit the game after being attended to by trainers, but he did
walk into the clubhouse under his own power. The team later announced that he
has a right hip contusion, along with a possible concussion and will be re-
evaluated on Thursday.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Royals went back on top on three straight run-
scoring singles by Perez, Lorenzo Cain and Tejada, and an errant pickoff throw
from Bryan Shaw that plated another run for a 5-3 lead.
Cleveland, though, answered in the seventh as a Bourn RBI single was followed
by a sacrifice fly from Cabrera to tie the game.
Before the game, the Indians reinstated Bourn from the paternity list and sent
pitcher Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus ... Kipnis extended his hitting
streak to a career-best 14 games, and has also reached base safely in 34
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