Indians Drop to Royals, 7-2
The Indians dropped a Wednesday night affair to the Royals, 7-2 as they missed out on a chance to grab the second wild card spot in the American League.
The home team took two out of three games from Cleveland and in the process handed rookie Danny Salazar the loss, his 3rd in four decisions.
The Royals got on the board first and never looked back. In the bottom of the first round, Salvador Perez drilled a liner to left field to plate a pair of runs. Perez would score on a Salazar wild pitch.
The Indians got two runs back in the top of the third inning as Michael Brantley doubled to center. Yan Gomes scored on an error by the center fielder. Michael Bourn hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Brantley.
The Royals got another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alcides Escobar stole home.
The Royals added 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th for a 7-2 lead that held up.
Bruce Chen went 5 innings and allowed two runs to get the win.
The Indians come home to Progressive Field to start a 4-game series with the Houston Astros, Thursday night.