The Indians won the opener of a key series against the Royals on Tuesday night, 2-1, as Michael Brantley delivered the game-winning single in the eighth inning to back up another stellar start by Carlos Carrasco.
Carrasco struck out eight in seven innings, and has a 1.80 ERA (4ER/20 IP) in his last three starts, with 23 strikeouts.
The Royals scored first, but the Tribe answered on Brandon Moss’ ninth homer in the fourth and Carrasco settled in, retiring the final 11 batters he faced.
In the eighth, Michael Bourn walked, but was erased on Jose Ramirez’s fielder’s choice; later, after Jason Kipnis reached on a fielder’s choice (erasing Ramirez), Carlos Santana walked and Michael Brantley drove in Kipnis with a single to center. The run was the first allowed by KC setup man Wade Davis all season.
W: Carlos Carrasco (7-4)
L: Wade Davis (2-1)
S: Cody Allen (12)
HR: Brandon Moss (9, 4th inning off Guthrie 0 on, 2 Out)
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