Royals earn rain-delayed 8-3 win over Indians
Carmona, a 19-game winner a year ago, gave up seven runs for the second time in five days in an 8-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Zack Greinke (11-10) pitched six solid innings for the Royals, who waited out a 2-hour, 14-minute rain delay at the start of what was supposed to be a day-night doubleheader. The Indians allowed all fans at the first game to go to the box office and exchange their ticket stub for a ticket to the second game.
Carmona (8-7) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings—then flung his hat and glove into the stands after being lifted by manager Eric Wedge in the midst of the Royals’ four-run seventh inning.
“It was a mistake,” Carmona said of displaying his frustration. “I wasn’t showing (Wedge) up, it was more about being mad at myself.”
Carmona was sidelined from late May until late July with a strained right hip, just one of several injuries to key players that dropped the defending AL Central Indians out of contention.
“It has been difficult to start the season, then stop, and start again,” Carmona said. “But that has nothing to do with my last two starts. I am healthy.”
Carmona’s first loss in five career decisions against the Royals followed a 14-3 loss in Baltimore on Monday in which he gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings.
“We were able to be aggressive with Carmona,” said the Royals’ David DeJesus, who had two hits. “He has that good sinker. Our focus was for him to get it up in the zone. When he did, we wanted to attack it.”
Greinke gave up three runs and nine hits, but won for the first time in three starts against the Indians since Aug. 21. The right-hander struck out five and matched Gil Meche for the team lead in wins.
“I didn’t have to face Cliff Lee,” Grienke said with a laugh. “That was a good sign.”
Greinke lost twice to Cleveland’s 22-game winner in the past month.
The Royals broke it open in the seventh. One run scored on a wild pitch by Carmona, Gload and Callaspo had RBI singles off reliever Rich Rundles and John Buck greeted right-hander Edward Mujica with an RBI single to make it 8-3.
Kansas City took a 2-1 lead on RBI singles by Mike Aviles and Teahen in the third. Aviles also tried to score from second on Teahen’s sharp single, but was blocked off the plate by catcher Victor Martinez, who took a throw from centerfielder Grady Sizemore and applied the tag for the third out.
Carroll’s two-out RBI single tied it at 2 in the fifth.
That rally ended with runners on second and third when Choo grounded to Greinke, but never left the batter’s box, claiming the ball bounced off him. Cleveland manager Eric Wedge came out to protest and television replays showed the ball apparently did glance off Choo’s right instep.
Gload and Callaspo each singled home runs in the sixth to put Kansas City ahead, 4-2.
RHP John Meloan, acquired from Los Angeles in the July trade that sent 3B Casey Blake to the Dodgers, made his Indians debut. He worked a perfect ninth, striking out two. … Greinke is 4-8 in his career against Cleveland … Greinke (172) and Meche (165) have combined for 337 strikeouts, the most by two Royals pitchers since RHPs David Cone and Kevin Appier totaled 377 in 1993. … Sizemore snapped an 0-for-25 streak Friday night, then reached base six straight times (three doubles, two singles and a walk) until grounding out in the seventh.