The Kansas City Royals’ three game winning streak comes to an end as they drop a 10-3 decision to the Cleveland Indians Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. Despite the loss the Royals can take comfort in the fact they won their third series in a row after taking three of four with the Oakland A’s and two of the three games in last weekend’s set with the Colorado Rockies in Denver.
The Indians jumped to an early lead, scoring five runs in the 1 st inning. Three of those runs came on Jason Michaels’ homer with two men on and two out. The Tribe added a run in the top of the 2nd inning. Kansas City got on the board in the 3 rd when Tony Pena, who had singled, came home on a Mark Grudzielanek sacrifice fly.
The Indians put it away in the 5 th , scoring four runs. Kansas City put two runs across the plate in the 8 th inning to close out the scoring.
Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers (1-4) pitched seven innings for the win. K.C. starter Jorge De La Rosa (4-4) gave up nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for the loss.
The Royals (19-29) open a weekend series with Seattle Friday night at the K. Gil Meche (3-2) goes to the mound for Kansas City against the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (2-2).