Brandon Guyer’s pinch hit in 9th lifts Indians over Royals 2-1

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Brandon Guyer #6 and Tyler Naquin #30 after Guyer hit a walk-off RBI double to defeat the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals 2-1. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Brandon Guyer #6 and Tyler Naquin #30 after Guyer hit a walk-off RBI double to defeat the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals 2-1. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Guyer’s hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch-hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland led Detroit by seven games in the division entering Tuesday.

Brian Flynn (1-2) walked Jose Ramirez to start the ninth, and then fumbled a bunt by Crisp, batting for Lonnie Chisenhall, down the first-base line for an error. A few batters later, Guyer delivered the winner.

Andrew Miller (9-1) struck out three during 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Kansas City, the reigning World Series champions, can be eliminated from contention in the division if they lose to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

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