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The Royals have officially locked up third place in the AL Central. Time for the parade
The Royals snapped their six-game losing streak, but certainly didn't make it easy on themselves.
Jake Odorizzi showed his problems with pitch efficiency, needing 65 pitches to throw get through two innings. The young right-hander only surrendered one run, but allowed two hits and three walks. The Royals decided to Adcock to remedy the situation, and were properly rewarded. Nathan tossed 3.2 strong innings, allowing one run on two hits while fanning six hitters.
The Royals scored all their runs in the top of the third inning. Billy Butler had an RBI single and Mike Moustakas followed him with a two-run double. Jeff Francoeur capped of the scoring by connecting on a two-out, three run homer, vindicating Ned Yost and Dayton Moore.
Francisley Bueno followed Adcock with 1.1 scoreless innings of his own before Aaron Crow ran into problems in the eighth. Crow gave up two runs while only managing to record two outs before Tim Collins recorded the last out in the eighth with a strikeout.
Greg Holland continued the bullpen meltdown, giving two runs in his second blown save since taking over the closer role. Holland allowed two runners to reach base before recording the next two outs. Asdrubal Cabrera then connected on a two-out, two run double to send the game into extras.
Tommy Hottovy allowed a runner to reach scoring position in both of his innings of relief, but did not surrender any runs in the process. Vin Mazzaro followed Hottovy with two scoreless innings of relief as well before the Royals regained the lead in the top of the 14th.
Tony Abreu revealed his clutch gene again, driving in Moustakas with a two-out single to centerfield. Moose was the first Royal to reach scoring position since the third inning.
Kelvin Herrera attempted to give the game back to the Indians in the bottom of the 14th, loading the bases without recording an out. The next two Indians hitters hit a flyout to left field and a lineout to right field, neither ball being hit deep enough to score the runner on third against the Royals cannon-armed corner outfielder. Casey Kotchman then hit an easy 3-1 grounder to end the game.
Courtesy of Robert Ford, the Indians left 20 men on base. Royals pitchers just know how to pitch with runners on base.