KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Harold Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth, pinch-hitter Jake Bauers added a two-run homer later in the inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Strong bullpen work by Nick Sandlin, Nick Wittgren (1-1) and Cal Quantrill blanked the Royals over the final four innings as the Indians improved to 14-1 when scoring at least four runs. They are 1-12 when scoring fewer.
“We have good team chemistry here,” Bauers said, “and it’s coming together in late innings and securing wins with our bats, and that’s awesome to see.”
Royals reliever Josh Staumont (0-1) walked Franmil Reyes in the eighth before Ramirez guided a pitch just inside the foul line for the go-ahead run. Josh Naylor followed with an RBI single and Bauers capped the inning in style.
“They’re bringing in some pretty good arms out of the ‘pen,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We put a couple things together but whenever we did, it got squelched.”
Salvador Perez provided the biggest highlight for Kansas City, hitting a home run estimated at 460 feet into the fountains.
The Royals led 1-0 in the third when they scored on a bizarre sequence of events.
With runners on second and third, Perez hit a high fly to the warning track that missed the gloves of the converging outfielders. Naylor caught the carom off the track and crew chief Angel Hernandez appeared to call Perez out as if it was a flyout. Amid the confusion, one baserunner kept going and the other retreated.
The umpires eventually convened and awarded Perez an RBI single while putting the second runner on third, even though both of them — speedy Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi — probably would have scored on the play.
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