The Indians' offense handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister a 5-0 lead in the second inning after batting around and sending 11 to the plate against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Fast-forward two innings. With two outs in the fourth inning, the Royals had already caught up, returning the favor with a four-run rally that completely erased the Tribe's lead and reset the game.
The Royals went on to complete the rally in a 7-5 victory -- marking the Royals' third consecutive win in this four-game series against the pitching-poor Tribe, who look to avoid the sweep today in the final game of an 11-game road trip.
Worse than losing the five-run cushion and taking the loss was the fact that the Royals caught up in a mere span of eight batters in a four-run fourth inning that featuring a two-out, two-run triple by Nori Aoki.
After pitching just four innings and to one batter in the fifth, McAllister's day was done and he eventually was tagged with the loss. The right-hander gave up six runs (five earned, thanks to a Yan Gomes passed ball) on eight hits and two walks on the same day that he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the evening's start at Kauffman Stadium.
After McAllister allowed the Royals to pull even, left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone gave up the lead. Billy Butler -- just the second batter Hagadone faced -- who victimized him in the same manner he did John Axford the previous night -- with a two-run, 430-foot home run to left field that gave the Royals a two-run advantage.
Earlier in the second, red-hot Carlos Santana led off the second inning with his fourth home run in a five-game stretch. After Guthrie (a former Tribe No. 1 draft pick who picked up the win) rebounded to get two consecutive outs, he allowed the next seven batters to reach safely via a walk or hit, including a Jason Kipnis two-run double.
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