The Cleveland Guardians fell to the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in 10 inning at home on Monday night. The loss for the Guardians splits the current six-game series at 2-2 with two games left in the series and regular season.
For Cleveland (90-70), rookie outfielder Steven Kwan into a fielder’s choice to score a run in the 3rd inning to get the Guardians on the board and tie the game at 1-1. Meanwhile in the 6th inning, rookie shortstop Gabriel Arias reached first base off an error which also scored a run to tie the game at 2-2. The game eventually went into extra innings, but the Guardians could not get on the scoreboard in the 10th inning and fell 5-2. Starting pitcher Triston McKenzie went 5.0 complete innings, struck out four batters and allowed four hits for one earned run. Relief pitcher Kirk McCarty suffered his third loss of the season for going 2.0 innings, striking out one batters and allowing one hit for two earned runs.
For Kansas City (65-95), outfielder Drew Waters was able to hit an RBI infield single to get the Royals on the board 1-0 in the 2nd inning. In the 6th inning, second baseman Michael Massey was able to hit a sacrifice fly to take the lead back and give the Royals a 2-1 lead. As the game went into extra innings, Drew Waters was critical again and hit a three-run homerun to give Kansas City a 5-2 lead and eventual win. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke went 6.0 complete innings, struck out one batter and allowing seven hits for one earned run. Closer Scott Barlow got his seventh win of the season for going 1.0 inning in the 9th and striking out one batter, while relief pitcher Taylor Clarke got his third save of the season for going 1.0 inning in the 10th and striking out and striking out two batters.
The Guardians will continue this home series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, October 4th, with first pitch set for 6:10 p.m.