Hochevar dominant in rout of Tribe; Royals hurt Clevelands playoff bid
Hochevar (10-10) continued his strong second half of the season Saturday night, limiting the Tribe to three hits over eight innings in Kansas Citys 5-1 win over Cleveland. The Royals win knocked the Tribe 6 1-2 games behind Detroit in the division.
Kansas City, MO, United States
September 4, 2011 08:18 am EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - American League
Luke Hochevar had another solid outing Saturday night with eight innings of three-ball hit, while helping the Kansas City Royals get back into the three-game series with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium.
Hochevar (10-10) was masterful as he struck out eight batters and allowed just three hits in winning his second straight start as he continued his stretch of solid pitching since in the second half of the season.
The Royals 27-year-old right-hander brushed off an errant pickoff attempt in the first inning that led to Cleveland’s only run and ensured the Royals two first-inning runs would hold up.
Hochevar, who threw a career-high 117 pitches, cost Kansas City an unearned run in the first inning because of his faulty pickoff attempt, but the Royals bounced back with two runs in the first.
The Royals then added another run in the second frame against Cleveland starter David Huff en route to their fourth triumph in their last seven games.
Jeff Francoeur had two hits, including a two-run double in the first inning, while Johnny Giavotella smacked his second homer of the season to cap the scoring in the sixth for the victors.
With the win, Kansas City knocked the Tribe 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the American League Central. The Tigers rallied for a dramatic 9-8 victory over the White Sox Saturday.
Huff (2-3), who was making his fourth career start versus Kansas City and is 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA lifetime against the Royals entering Saturday, was saddled with the loss.
The 27-year-old lefty was charged with four earned runs and six hits over six innings for Cleveland, which had won six of its last nine tilts.
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