The Kansas City Royals used a three-run fifth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Saturday night. The Royals' victory guarantees a series win against the Indians, as KC notched its fourth win in a row.
Kansas City used an Alcides Escobar double and a single off the bat of Billy Butler to take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Indians came back with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth, as second baseman Cord Phelps took Royals starter Will Smith deep.
Cleveland then took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, using a fielder’s choice, sacrifice fly and single to plate three runs. The Indians scored once in the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to two, but Kelvin Herrera shut the door in the ninth to collect his second save of the season and secure KC’s win.