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Indians Take Early Lead In Battle To Retain First Place

The Indians have had more scoring chances than the Kansas City Royals through the first three innings tonight, and have capitalized twice to hold a razor-thin 2-1 lead as the first game of this four-game set heads for the fourth inning in K.C.

The Indians wasted little time jumping out to a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the first, Shin-Soo Choo beat out an infield hit, stole second, and scored on a double from Carlos Santana. Travis Hafner struck out to end the inning for the Tribe.

Kansas City evened the score in the second inning when — with runners at second and third and one out — Wilson Betemit tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

The Indians immediately regained the lead in the third, but might have had more.

Grady Sizemore led off with a double and moved to third on a hit by Asdrubal Cabrera. Choo then lifted a sac fly to center, scoring Sizemore, but Cabrera was thrown out trying to reach second.

Through three innings Carlos Carrasco has allowed only one hit and one walk, and, of course, one run, while fanning three. Meanwhile, for the Royals, Kyle Davies, who came into the game with a 9.00 ERA, is hanging in there, albeit allowing five hits so far.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.