|Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall watches his solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Nate Adcock in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 28, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)|
Lopez's 3 RBIs lead Indians past Royals 8-5
Josh Tomlin (2-2) gave up four runs and four hits in five innings as Cleveland broke a three-game losing streak. The right-hander had not pitched since May 7 due to right wrist tendinitis.
Kipnis had a two-run single in a five-run third inning off Nathan Adcock (0-3) as the first-place Indians maintained a half-game lead in the AL Central over the Chicago White Sox. They had lost three in a row at Chicago over the weekend.
Chris Perez got a standing ovation as he worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save. His only blown save came on opening day.
Kipnis had three of Cleveland's 14 hits,and Lonnie Chisenhall homered in his first at-bat this year for the Indians. Kipnis is 12 for 24 with six RBIs in his past six games.
Kansas City got a two-run homer from Eric Hosmer and solo drive by Brayan Pena but lost for the eighth time in 12 games.
With the bases loaded and one out in the third, Kipnis hit a hard grounder through the middle for two runs and 3-2 lead. Lopez followed with a chop off the plate for an RBI single. Third baseman Mike Moustakas had no play on Lopez, but caught Kipnis advancing too far around second. Second base umpire Dan Bellino ruled that Kipnis ducked under Moustakas' tag and made it to third. Royals manager Ned Yost argued the call in vain.
Casey Kotchman RBI single between third and shortstop made it 5-2 and finished Adcock.
Chisenhall, recalled from Triple-A Columbus when third baseman Jack Hannahan went on the disabled list before the game with a strained left calf, homered to open Cleveland's third. Chisenhall, a third baseman, went 2 for 4 as the designated hitter in place of Travis Hafner, who missed his fifth game in a row with an inflamed right knee.
Hosmer put the Royals ahead 2-0 in the second by hitting his sixth homer. Jeff Francoeur drew an 11-pitch walk with one out before Hosmer connected on the first pitch.
It was Hosmer's first homer in 104 at-bats, since he hit one off Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez on April 25. Twenty of his 25 career homers have been in road games.
Pena's first homer, starting the fifth, closed Kansas City to 5-3. Jarrod Dyson followed with a triple into the right-field corner and scored when Kipnis' relay throw from second bounced into the stands for an error.
Lopez's RBI single off the left-field wall made it 6-4 in the bottom half. He was thrown out by left fielder Alex Gordon trying to stretch it to a double.
Dyson's speed helped the Royals again the seventh. He walked, stole second and scored on a single to right by Alcides Escobar to make it 6-5.
Michael Brantley and Lopez had RBIs in the bottom half to make it 8-5.
Adcock gave up four earned runs and six hits over 2 1-3 innings. He has shuffled between the Royals and Triple-A Omaha three times since April 28.
NOTES: The win was Cleveland's second on Memorial Day in the last 11 years. ... Francoeur went 1 for 3 with a walk. He is 16 for 32 over his past eight games. ... The Indians drew two walks and lead the majors with 197 overall, 14 more than Tampa Bay. ... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Dyson returned after missing one game with a bruised right hamstring, hurt in a collision with Gordon on Saturday. ... Royals LHP Everett Teaford, out with a lower abdominal strain, threw a pregame bullpen session.