KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Trevor Bauer had just watched the Royals score all their runs on four sacrifice flies in a 4-1 defeat, and the Indians’ starter was asked what bothered him most about the game.
The way Kansas City chipped away at him? The way the Cleveland hitters performed?
“That we lost,” Bauer replied.
Care to elaborate?
“That we lost four to one,” he said. “Next question.”
No surprise the Indians were feeling sour, though. In less than 24 hours, they had dropped both of their games to an AL Central rival in an abbreviated two-game set.
“They are a very difficult team to play,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We have a lot of respect on how good they are.”
The Royals, winners of four straight, tied a franchise record with four sacrifice flies. They also became the second team to score all four runs on sac flies since it became an official stat in 1954 — the Expos did it in an 8-4, 14-inning loss to the Cubs on May 28, 1980, according to STATS.
Yordano Ventura (4-5) allowed six hits while striking out three without a walk to win back-to-back starts for the first time. The only run he allowed came in the sixth, when Carlos Santana followed consecutive singles to start the inning with an RBI single.
By then, Bauer (1-3) had already allowed sacrifice flies to Jarrod Dyson, Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar. Billy Butler added another off reliever John Axford in the seventh.
The Indians loaded the bases off Wade Davis with nobody out in the eighth, but two strikeouts and a groundout ended the threat.
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