The Indians offense handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister a 5-0 lead in second inning after batting around and sending 11 to the plate against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Fast forward two innings. With two outs in the fourth inning, the Royals had already caught up, retuning the favor with a four-run rally that completely erased the Tribe’s lead and reset the game.
The Royals went on to complete the rally in a 7-5 victory – marking the host’s third consecutive win in this four-game set against the pitching–poor Tribe, who look to avoid the sweep Sunday after in the final game of an 11-game road trip.
Worse than losing the five-run cushion and taking the loss, was the fact that the Royals caught up in a mere span of eight batters in a four-run fourth inning that featuring a two-out, two-run triple by Nori Aoki.
After pitching just four innings and to one batter in the fifth, McAllister’s day was done. The right-hander dished up six runs (five earned thanks to a Yan Gomes passed ball) on eight hits and two walks on the same day that he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the evening’s start at Kauffman Stadium.
After McAllister (who took the loss) allowed the Royals to pull even, left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone dished up the lead. Billy Butler – just the second batter Hagadone faced – who victimized him in the same manner he did John Axford the previous night – with a two-run, 430-foot home run to left field that gave the Royals a two-run advantage.
Earlier in the second, red-hot Carlos Santana led off the second inning with his fourth home run in a five-game stretch. After Guthrie (a former Tribe No. 1draft pick who earned the win) rebounded to get two consecutive outs he allowed the next seven batters to reach safely via a walk or hit, including a Jason Kipnis two-run double.