Kansas City, MO –The Cleveland Indians had some late inning magic, but they couldn’t pull off the trick Saturday.
Michael Brantley tripled in the ninth inning to score Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall and cut the Royals lead to 3-2.
Jason Kipnis had a chance to tie the game but with two outs, he struck out swinging.
The Royals won the first game of a four-game series with the Tribe with a 3-2 win.
Kansas City took the lead on a Salvador Perez two-run homer in the second inning to gave the Royals a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh, Kansas City added the game-winning run when Nick Hagadone walked Eric Hosmer with the bases loaded. Ervin Santana pitched seven scoreless innings for the Royals, Scott Kazmir (0-1), who was making his second big league start in two years, was charged the loss.
The Indians have scored three runs or less in eight of their past 10 games and 13 times this season.
The two teams will play a day/night double-header on Sunday, after Friday night’s game was rained out.
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