The Indians’ offense showed some signs of life Tuesday night, but the bullpen couldn’t make it count in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.



The Indians (6-13) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-2 and heading toward another low-scoring loss. Right fielder Brandon Moss, who the inning before had made a poor throw that allowed a run to score, responded with a three-run home run to right field off of Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.



Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a single, Michael Bourn walked and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The Indians couldn’t add to that lead, though, as Jose Ramirez grounded out to end the inning. As it turns out, those extra runs were needed.



Scott Atchison took over for Trevor Bauer (six innings pitched, seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts) in the seventh. Off of Atchison, the Royals answered with a double, a single, a groundout and a double by Alcides Escobar to quickly tie the score 5-5.



The Royals (14-6) re-took the lead on a broken play with Marc Rzepczynski on the mound and one out. With Escobar on second base, Mike Moustakes hit a high chopper to first base. Carlos Santana fielded it and flipped it to Rzepczynski, but he missed the bag. Escobar then broke for home. Rzepczynski’s throw was in the dirt but it beat Escobar to home plate. Catcher Brett Hayes fielded the throw but lost the ball while applying the tag.



A play that easily could have been an inning-ending double play turned into no outs and the Royals taking a 6-5 lead.



A few batters, later Bryan Shaw entered the game, which was broken wide open on Kendrys Morales’ three-run home run to right field, making it 9-5. The Indians’ three-run sixth to take the lead was answered with a six-run seventh by the Royals.



The Royals added two in the ninth as insurance runs.



Michael Brantley had another two-hit performance (double, single). Michael Bourn, hitting ninth in the lineup, went 1-for-3 with a two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning and a walk. He also stole a base, his second of the season.



Since beating the Detroit Tigers 13-1 last Friday night, the Indians have dropped four straight. Tuesday’s loss means the team will lose its fourth consecutive series, the first time it has done that since dropping five straight series in September of 2012.



The Indians’ 6-13 start matches the 6-13 start of the 1987 Indians. That year was the last time Sports Illustrated picked the Indians to win the World Series until this season.