Hochevar leads Royals past Indians
Saturday, September 3, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luke Hochevar pitched eight innings of three-hit ball and the Kansas City Royals handed the Cleveland Indians a costly loss, 5-1 on Saturday night.
Hochevar (10-10) allowed an unearned run, struck out eight and walked one while throwing a career-high 117 pitches. The right-hander improved to 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break.
The Indians lost ground in the AL Central, falling to 6 1-2 games back of first-place Detroit. The Tigers rallied for a dramatic 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The start of the game was delayed 20 minutes by rain, and showers caused another 16-minute break in the second inning. But it was smooth sailing from there, at least for the Royals.
Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run double in the first inning to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead. It was Francoeur's 44th double of the season, tying the club record for an outfielder set by Jermaine Dye in 1999.
Alex Gordon added a run-scoring fielder's choice in the second, Billy Butler doubled in a run in the fifth and Johnny Giavotella capped the scoring with his second homer in the sixth.
David Huff (2-3) pitched six innings for Cleveland and was charged with four earned runs and six hits.
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