Royals bats wake up in win over Indians

The KC Royals beat Cleveland, 4-2.

Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third against reigning CY Young award winner Corey Kluber, the Royals strung together three straight RBI doubles to regain the lead. In that inning, the Royals collected five of their nine total hits.

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Jason Vargas in a 2014 spring training start against SD (Jen Nevius).

After that, the Royals collected just two more hits (one was erased on a double play to end the 8th inning).

Jason Vargas made his second start since returning from the DL and was solid. He allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out three. Two of the three hits he allowed were doubles.

Ryan Madson worked out of a jam in the sixth, as he allowed two singles. Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless eighth and Greg Holland earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth.

Salvador Perez got the night off as a precaution after taking a foul ball off his mask. He was dizzy and had a headache last night, but passed his concussion test. Drew Butera got the start behind the plate (0-for-3, two strikeouts).

 

Kluber took the complete game loss (8IP, 9H, 4R, BB, 9K).

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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