CLEVELAND — Still missing Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana, the Indians lineup was unable to take advantage of young lefty Will Smith in dropping a 8-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field.
Smith went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs, while the Indians’ Justin Masterson pitched poorly.
Masterson, who only last week pitched brilliantly against Justin Verlander of the Tigers, gave up 2 runs in the first, and then 5 more in the second.
He had to gut out 6 innings on the hill, allowing 9 hits and 8 runs, of which 7 were earned.
A far cry from his usual outings at Progressive Field.
Coming into the game, he had the best home ERA of Indians pitchers now and then.
Better than Cy Young Award winners Cliff Lee and C. C. Sabathia.
The main power for the Royals came from Mike Moustakas.
The third sacker had a career high 4 RBIs as he homered and singled.
Masterson lowered his season mark to just 2-4.
The Indians will be back at it on Wednesday night when both teams play the rubber game of the series.