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Indians use 7-run first to down Royals

Apr 14, 2012 - 12:57 AM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis knocked in two runs apiece as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Asdrubal Cabrera added a home run, while Derek Lowe (2-0) scattered 11 hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win.

"If you only give up three runs, they call it scattered 11 hits. If you pitch bad, you got shelled on 11 hits," said Lowe. "I can't remember if I've ever faced a few of these guys, but not many, so you have to learn on the fly."

Luke Hochevar (1-1) got the start for Kansas City and gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk through four innings, but took a Carlos Santana line drive off his left leg during the final out of the fourth and did not return for the fifth.

Cleveland jumped all over the Royals in the first inning after Michael Brantley led off the contest with a single that was followed by a double into the right-field corner by Cabrera to place runners on second and third.

Choo stepped up next and pulled a base hit through the right side of the infield that plated Brantley and Cabrera. Choo later stole second and came home on Shelley Duncan's bloop single into shallow right field.

After Casey Kotchman followed with a base hit to right, Kipnis smacked a ball into deep center field that Jarrod Dyson lost track of for a two-run triple. Jack Hannahan added an RBI single before rounding the bases on Brantley's double to spot the Indians a seven-run advantage.

Kansas City got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Dyson, Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer hit consecutive singles to bring home Dyson, but Billy Butler followed by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play and Alex Gordon struck out to keep it a 7-1 game.

An RBI base hit by Gordon and a run-scoring double by Mike Moustakas in the fourth inning closed the gap to 7-3, but the Royals got no closer, stranding tow runners in the sixth, runners on second and third in the seventh, and a man on second in the eighth.

Cabrera led off the ninth with a blast over the center-field wall to finalize the scoring.

"It was a real dream come true," Moustakas said about playing in his first career home opener. "To go out there and play Major League Baseball in front of this great city and in front of these great fans couldn't have gone much better other than a W for us today."

Game Notes

Earlier Friday, Kansas City placed outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 11, and recalled Dyson from Triple-A Omaha...The Royals fell to 21-23 all-time in home openers...Lowe improved to 4-5 in 23 career appearances -- 10 starts -- against Kansas City, while Hochevar fell to 4-8 in 12 starts against Cleveland...The Royals went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.








  • CLEVELAND: 8
    KANSAS CITY: 3
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  • Asdrubal Cabrera lead-off Home Run (2) to center. Shin-Soo Choo due up.

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  • Mike Moustakas doubled to right center scoring Yuniesky Betancourt. Runner on second with two outs and Humberto Quintero due up.

    Indians 7, Royals 3  Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 13 5:21 PM


  • Alex Gordon singled to center scoring Billy Butler. Runner on first with one out and Yuniesky Betancourt due up.

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  • Eric Hosmer singled to right scoring Jarrod Dyson. On the play, Jeff Francoeur advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Billy Butler due up.

    Indians 7, Royals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 13 4:38 PM


  • Asdrubal Cabrera popped out to short to end the inning.

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  • Jack Hannahan singled to center scoring Jason Kipnis. Runner on first with two outs and Michael Brantley due up.

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  • Jason Kipnis tripled to center scoring Shelley Duncan and Casey Kotchman. Runner on third with two outs and Jack Hannahan due up.

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  • Shelley Duncan singled to right scoring Shin-Soo Choo. Runner on first with two outs and Casey Kotchman due up.

    Indians 3, Royals 0  Top 1, 2 OutsApr 13 4:26 PM


  • Shin-Soo Choo doubled to right scoring Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera. Runner on second with none out and Carlos Santana due up.

    Indians 2, Royals 0  Top 1, 0 OutsApr 13 4:20 PM


  • CLEVELAND: 0
    KANSAS CITY: 0
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