Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 26, 2010 1:05 PM
Location - Progressive Field
Temperature - 56°
Umpires - Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg,
Attendance - 18813

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 9 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 63-92 34-40 29-52 L3
Cleveland 65-91 35-43 30-48 W3

Recap

Shelley Duncan belted a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning and pinch-hitter Michael Brantley delivered a two-run double to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Indians, who won the season series with the Royals 10-8.

With Cleveland trailing 3-0, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo began the eighth against Robinson Tejeda (3-5) with singles and Duncan followed with his 11th blast of the season to forge a tie. Two outs later, Andy Marte singled and Valbuena hit a ground-rule double before Brantley plated both runners with his double.

The rally made a winner of Rafael Perez (6-1), who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Vinnie Pestano worked the ninth for his first career save.

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the first on Josh Fields' RBI single and Mike Aviles hit a solo homer in the fifth to double the advantage. Billy Butler, who went 3-for-3, made it 3-0 in the seventh with a run-scoring single.

Royals starter Bruce Chen pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Cleveland
Bruce Chen Player Fausto Carmona
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.2 IP 5.0
3 Strikeouts 0
4 Hits 6
0.00 ERA 3.60
Hitting
Kansas City   Cleveland
Billy Butler Player Luis Valbuena
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
1.000 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 9 1 12 .257 17 3 3 5 2 0
Cleveland 10 1 17 .294 13 4 5 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Indians have a W/L % of .453 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Royals have a W/L % of .328 after a win and .456 after a loss.
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