Joey Gathright’s single in the 8 th inning drove in the winning run as the Kansas City Royals edged the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the 1 st inning, but the Tribe came back with 2 runs in the top of the 3 rd and another in the top of the 8 th to tie the game, giving Gathright the chance to be the hero in the bottom of the inning.
Kansas City starter Gil Meche pitched 6 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs, but was not involved in the decision. Reliever Joakim Soria (2-3) tossed 2 perfect innings for the win. Rafael Perez (1-2) gave up an earned run on 2 hits in 1 inning to take the loss.
The Royals (69-92) and the Indians (95-66) wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon at the K. Luke Hochevar (0-0) makes his first Major League start for KC against Cleveland’s Aaron Laffey (3-2).