Royals Continue to Play Well, Defeat Cleveland Indians 5-3

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 22: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals runs towards third against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning on September 22, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Four wins a row counts as a streak, right? I think it counts.

The Royals jumped ahead early, with Alcides Escobar and Billy Butler driving in runs in the first inning. Kansas City picked up their other three runs in the bottom of the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs. Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena each drove in runs, Hosmer with a fielder's choice and Pena with a sacrifice fly. Irving Falu drove in the final run of the game with a single. Falu and Butler each had multi-hit games, while Hosmer and Jarrod Dyson each collected a stolen base.

Will Smith tossed seven innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. Smith walked two, but struck out five batters The Indians had plenty of opportunities to score, but Smith, Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera combined to strand nine base runners.

The Royals go for the series sweep of the Indians tommorrow night, and Jake Odorizzi will make his major-league debut.

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