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Grand slam sinks Guthrie, Royals in 5-3 loss

7/14/2013

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie has

had problems keeping the ball in the park all season. He was burned by

the home run again Saturday night.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first

career grand slam in the sixth inning off the right-hander, sparking

the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Chisenhall's two-out shot caromed off the facing of the second deck in right field and fell into the Royals bullpen to give Cleveland

a 5-0 lead. It was the 22nd home run allowed by Guthrie this season,

tying him with Joe Blanton of the Angels for the most in the American

League.

"I think I threw the ball pretty well tonight, but we can

all agree that was not a great pitch to Chisenhall," Guthrie said. "It

was a curveball that stayed up, so that's my fault, but any time a guy

hits a first-pitch breaking ball for a home run, he's done a pretty good

job."

Guthrie (8-7) went seven innings, scattering eight hits and

three walks while striking out three. He has only won once in six

starts since June 10, allowing six homers while going 1-4 with a 5.80

ERA.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the third on Jason Kipnis'

sacrifice fly, which began a string of nine straight retired by Guthrie,

who was Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2002.

Kipnis singled to lead off the sixth and Michael Brantley added a one-out double, forcing Royals manager Ned Yost to make a decision.

Yost

intentionally walked Carlos Santana to load the bases and Guthrie

followed by striking out Jason Giambi. Chisenhall spoiled the strategy

by jumping on the first pitch he saw and driving it 388 feet off an

auxiliary scoreboard.

"Jeremy was really good, really good tonight," Yost said. "I thought that inning just kind of developed.

"Santana

had 51 walks, so you're probably not going to sneak a couple pitches by

him. I thought our best chance was to intentionally walk him. Jeremy

did a great job striking out Giambi, but unfortunately that first pitch

to Chisenhall stayed up."

Kansas City answered with three runs in

the seventh, chasing Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir (5-4) with two on

and one out. Miguel Tejada greeted Cleveland reliever Matt Albers with an RBI single that cut the Royals' deficit to 5-1 before David Lough grounded out.

Indians

manager Terry Francona intentionally walked All-Star left fielder Alex

Gordon to load the bases. Alcides Escobar beat out an infield single to

short, which allowed Kansas City to pull to 5-3 when Lorenzo Cain and

Miguel Tejada both hustled home.

"Any time I hit the ball, I hustle, so it worked out," Escobar said.

"That was good hustle by Esky and good hustle by Tejada to score from second on an infield hit," Yost said.

Billy Butler and Cain both singled in the eighth off Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano, but were stranded when Tejada's liner to first was stabbed by Santana.

Kazmir

remained unbeaten this season at Progressive Field, where he is 5-0

with a 3.92 ERA in seven starts. Chris Perez tossed a perfect ninth for

his 12th save as Cleveland moved within 1 1-2 games of first place Detroit in the AL Central.

Kansas

City lost its fourth straight contest and remains seven games behind

the Tigers, while Guthrie fell to 3-3 all-time against his former team.

"I

was looking for something I could get the barrel on," Chisenhall said

of his grand slam. "I saw the same curveball in my at-bat earlier, and I

took it. I took what I saw there and I used it to my advantage."

NOTES: The Royals

recalled LHP Everett Teaford from Triple-A Omaha and optioned LHP

Donnie Joseph to the Storm Chasers. Joseph, who made his major league

debut Thursday against the Yankees, tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings in

two appearances. "We needed a fresh arm in the bullpen, so we made the

move," Yost said. "But I thought Donnie did well and got his feet wet,

which was important. Now, he's going to be more relaxed the next time we

need him." Teaford went 3-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 23 games for Omaha. ... Royals

RHP Wade Davis will be activated off the paternity leave list Sunday,

but stayed in New York with his wife Katelyn and their first child. "The

baby was born late (Friday) night, so there's no need for him to come

here," Yost said. ... Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4) faces Royals

RHP James Shields (4-6) in the three-game series finale Sunday at 1:05

p.m. Yost will announce his post All-Star break pitching rotation before

the game.