Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura tossed seven strong innings while the Kansas City Royals delivered four run-scoring sacrifice flies en route to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Ventura (4-5) gave up one run on six hits with no walk and three strikeouts as the Royals (33-32) notched a fourth straight victory and took the two-game series from the Indians in front of 19,938 fans.
This was Ventura’s second straight win after an elbow scare on May 26 when he left a game against Houston in the third inning. Nothing serious was detected, and he skipped one start as a precaution.
The Royals’ four sacrifice flies in one game tied a club record, only the third time it’s been done in franchise history.
Trevor Bauer was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout as the Indians dropped to 33-33 after losing their last two games.
Ventura took a 2-0 lead in the third inning behind sac flies by Jarrod Dyson and Omar Infante. The Royals made it 3-0 in the fourth on another sacrifice fly, this time by Alcides Escobar.
The Indians finally broke through against Ventura in the sixth. Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall each singled at the top of the inning before Ventura got two outs. However, Carlos Santana singled to right, scoring Bourn for a 3-1 score.
The fourth Royals’ run came in the seventh against reliever John Axford. Infante singled, took third on Eric Hosmer’s single and scored as Billy Butler flied out to center.
Royals reliever Wade Davis, riding a string of 18 scoreless innings, got into a jam in the eighth inning.
The Indians loaded the bases with nobody out but Davis escaped by striking out both Jason Kipnis and Santana, and forcing David Murphy to a ground out, making it 19 straight shutout innings. Greg Holland recorded his 19th save after a perfect ninth.