Carrasco and Chisenhall Help Cleveland Oust KC; Indians 8, Royals 3
Bob Toth | On 15, Sep 2015
After a first pitch home run from Alex Gordon, Carrasco settled in to strike out nine batters over six innings, including at least one in each frame. He evaded trouble until his final inning on the mound, when two walks sandwiched around a single, all with two outs, loaded the bases. Carrasco buckled down and got a grounder to short, handled nicely by Francisco Lindor who made the play to end the inning unscathed.
Jason Kipnis countered Gordon’s homer with a leadoff shot of his own to the seats in front of the bullpens in center off of Royals starter Edinson Vólquez. Chisenhall gave the Indians the lead in the third with a two-out double to right and Giovanny Urshela homered to the bleachers in the fourth to pad the lead. A sacrifice fly by Chisenhall in the fifth gave Cleveland an important fourth run that would prove to be the difference, as shaky work in the seventh from the bullpen tandem of Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw let the Royals get within one run on consecutive infield singles to third.
Cleveland would erase doubt in the seventh, plating three on an RBI-single from Chisenhall and a two-run double from Yan Gomes. Lindor knocked in the final run in the eight with a triple off the top of the wall that missed leaving the yard by inches.
Kansas City’s Gordon was 4-for-5 on the night with three singles, a homer, a run scored, and two RBI.
The Indians moved back to .500 at 71-71 with the win. They kept pace with New York and Texas, who both won in come-from-behind fashion late in their respective ball games, and Minnesota, who handled Detroit with ease. Cleveland gained a game on Los Angeles and now trail the Angels by one-half game.
W: C. Carrasco (13-10)
L: E. Vólquez (13-8)
HRs: A. Gordon (12, 1st inning off Carrasco, 0 on, 0 Out)), J. Kipnis (8, 1st inning off Vólquez, 0 on, 0 Out), G. Urshela (6, 4th inning off Vólquez, 0 on, 1 Out)
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