After struggling to break through against C.C. Sabathia all night, the Royals did just that in the seventh inning, stringing together three quick hits to score two and tie it before Billy Butler’s RBI single put them ahead for good — making Luke Hochevar a comeback winner.
Hochevar pitched six innings allowing two runs on three hits including a solo home run by Grady Sizemore and while he struggled at times with his control, walking four batters, he also struck out six and kept the Royals in the game until they could wake up with a 7th inning rally.
Buck doubled to lead off the inning. Tony Pena then beat out a bunt, and David DeJesus singled in Buck, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Alex Gordon’s single scored Pena, tying the ballgame and ending Sabathia’s night.
The Royals grabbed the lead on Billy Butler’s single off reliever Masa Kobayashi, which scored Pena. Mark Teahen’s single off reliever Rafael Perez built the lead to 4-2.
From there, the Royals’ bullpen took over. It held off the Indians, in the seventh and eighth, and closer Joakim Soria sealed the victory for Hochevar with a spotless ninth.