Behind three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Cleveland Indians managed just enough offense to hold off the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, 4-3. The Royals have now lost an MLB worst 12 straight games.
Jack Hannahan doubled in two runs in the fifth after Shelley Duncan brought home a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 4-1 lead. The Royals strung together a couple hits after a walk in the eighth to pull within two runs and added another in the ninth off closer Chris Perez, but Perez was able to escape with the save for the Tribe.
Derek Lowe picked up his third win of the young season by going six strong in which he struck out five and only walked one. Despite the run in the ninth, Perez locked down his seventh game of the season. Jonathan Sanchez, who walked seven in four-plus innings, took the loss for the Royals.
Game two of this three-game set will continue on Wednesday night with Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound for the Indians.