Tribe Tops Royals, 4-3
CLEVELAND — Jack Hannahan was a factor with the glove and the bat in the Indians’ 4-3 win over the Royals Tuesday night before a sparse crowd at Progressive Field.
Derek Lowe went six solid innings, scattering eight hits, and allowing one run to pick up his third win of the young season.
Hannahan dove to his right, snagging a line shot grounder by Jeff Francouer and threw him out in the top of the fourth inning.
One inning later, Hannahan ripped a two run double to bolster the Tribe’s offensive production for the night.
Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Jason Kipnis was hit on the hand by Jonathan Sanchez.
Kipnis advanced to third and scored on a Carlos Santana sacrifice fly.
Kansas City scored its only run against Lowe in the fourth, when Mitch Maier singled to center to score Moustaka.
Cleveland scored three in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Shelley Duncan hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Asdrubal Cabrera.
Hannahan delivered the two out double, plating Santana and Hafner.
That ended the night for Sanchez.
The bullpen went the final three innings. Vinnie Pestano allowed a run in the eighth and Chris Perez did the same in the ninth in registering his seventh save of the year.
Indians and Royals resume the series on Wednesday night.