Kansas City, MO – Brayan Pena and Mike Moustakas each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game set.
Irving Falu had two hits, scored once, and knocked in a run and Eric Hosmer had an RBI for the Royals, who have won three straight.
Luis Mendoza (8-9) allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out three over six-plus frames to earn the victory. Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to nail down his 15th save of the season.
Carlos Santana drove in a pair of runs and Michael Brantley had an RBI for the Indians, who have lost 10 of their last 13.
Justin Masterson (11-15) was pegged with the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings.
Kansas City plated a pair in the second inning. Jeff Francoeur singled, moved to second on a wild pitch then scored on Pena's base hit. Pena moved to second on David Lough's single before scoring when Falu stroked a base hit to center field.
Cleveland countered with a run in the third to make it 2-1. Asdrubal Cabrera singled, moved to second when Santana walked before scoring on Brantley's single to center field.
The Royals added a run in the home half on Moustakas' sacrifice fly. Jarrod Dyson walked before taking third on Alcides Escobars' base hit to left. Moustakas followed with a towering fly ball to right field to plate Dyson.
Kansas City loaded the bases in the fifth, but only came away with one runs. Falu reached on a bunt single before Dyson singled and Escobar was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. Moustakas followed with a grounder to second to score Falu.
Cleveland scored two in the seventh to make it 4-3. Ezequiel Carrera reached on a bunt single and Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. Kipnis' groundout moved the runners to second and third before Santana roped a single to center to clear the bases.
The Royals added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on Hosmer's sacrifice fly and Pena's RBI double.
Pena extended his hitting-streak to a season-high five games ... Moustakas has played 44 straight errorless games ... Masterson is 5-9 in 16 road starts this season.