A 3-1 deficit isn’t the best situation in baseball, but it sure looked a lot prettier before the seventh inning for the Royals on Thursday. The Royals trailed by that exact score before the Indians went on a seven-run explosion in the seventh and downed Kansas City 10-1.
Royals’ starter J.P. Howell gave up a solo home run to Casey Blake to lead off the seventh and manager Buddy Bell had seen enough. He pulled the rookie and replaced him with another rookie—Leo Nunez. He hit Jhonny Peralta, the first batter he faced. Nunez then surrendered four straight base hits, including a three-run homer to Victor Martinez to end the rally. Cleveland left the inning with a 10-1 lead.
Kansas City’s only run of the day came in the fifth inning, when Ruben Gotay scored on a grounder by Alberto Castillo. The Royals had 11 hits on the day, but left nine runners on base.