What a Comeback! Indians Beat Royals, 5-3
KANSAS CITY, Missouri– The Cleveland Indians erased a 3-0 deficit in the late innings to beat the Royals, 5-3, to enhance their post-season hopes.
Eric Hosmer got the home team going in the bottom of the first inning when he doubled in Emilio Bonifacio to make it a 1-0 lead.
The Royals collected a pair of runs in the 3rd inning. Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly to left which scored Bonifacio and it was 2-0. Mike Moustakas brought in the third run with a double to deep center field and Hosmer was able to score.
The Indians got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Michael Brantley laced a single to right field with runners on first and third to score Nick Swisher. It was 3-1.
The Royals took that time to end Ventura’s night. He exited to a loud ovation from the small crowd.
The Indians tied it in the 7th. A Michael Bourn triple made it 3-2. A Nick Swisher sacrifice fly tied it at 3 all.
Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a go-ahead double to give the Indians a 4-3 lead in the 8th.
The Tribe got insurance in the 9th on a Bourn solo homer.
Chris Perez finished off a great night for the bullpen. He was the 6th reliever used. All of them shut down the Royals in the final 4 and one third innings.
Ventura went 5 and two/thirds innings and allowed 5 hits and one earned run. He struck out 3.
Korey Kluber, his counterpart, gave up 3 runs over four and two/thirds innings.
The Indians play the Royals again in Kansas City, Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m.