Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Carlos Santana hit two two-run shots as the Cleveland Indians avoided a four-game sweep with a 10-3 triumph over the Kansas City Royals Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Santana’s two-homer performance capped his outstanding play in the series. Overall, he hit .643 (9-for-14) with five long balls, five walks, six runs and eight RBIs.
With his multi-homer showing, Santana became only the 11th Indians batter in the past 100 seasons to have at least one home run and one walk in three consecutive games. Andre Thornton holds the record with four such games in a row in 1982.
Danny Salazar (3-4) pitched seven strong frames, surrendering three runs on seven hits with no walk and seven strikeouts as the Indians (52-53) finished their road trip through Detroit, Minnesota and Kansas City with a 5-6 record.
Bruce Chen (2-3) took the loss after yielding six runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout as the loss ended the Royals’ five-game winning run, dropping them to 53-51.
The Royals looked headed for a sweep after taking a 2-0 lead behind Jarrod Dyson’s RBI single in the second and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon in the third.
However, the Indians racked up six runs in the next three frames, including Santana’s two-run shot in the fifth and Ryan Raburn’s long ball in the sixth, to take a 6-2 lead.
After Billy Butler got a run back for the Royals in the bottom part of the sixth, Nick Swisher snapped a 0-for-21 skid with an RBI single in the seventh for a 7-3 lead.
In the ninth, Santana launched his 20th home run of the season in the ninth inning, sending a 1-0 pitch from reliever Aaron Crow towering over the wall in right field for a 9-3 lead.
Yan Gomes capped the Indians’ scoring with a solo homer in the ninth.