Alcides Escobar’s two-out, single in the 11th inning scored Eric Hosmer and gave the Royals a 7-6 walk-off win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night completing a three-game sweep.
Eric Hosmer opened the Royals’ 11th with a single off right-hander Esmil Rogers. Hosmer moved to second by Chris Getz’ sac bunt and took third on a wild pitch. Jarrod Dyson popped out to center and Alex Gordon was intentionally walked. The Indians replaced Rogers with for Cardinals and Tribe closer Chris Perez. Escobar bounced a single through the shortstop hole, scoring the winning run. What should have been a laugher, turned into a thriller.
The Indians rallied to tie the game at 6-6 after a fast start by the Royals. 26 year old Corey Kluber, just called from Triple-A Columbus to make his first Major League start, was hammered for six runs in the first inning. Gordon hit Kluber’s first pitch of the game over the right-field wall for his sixth home run. The Royals added five more runs on five more hits, including a three-run homer by Hosmer. Kluber faced 10 batters and threw 43 pitches.