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Cleveland Indians lose to Kansas City Royals in 14 innings, 7-6

Carrerra Safe on KC Error

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall started Saturday night's game in the cleanup spot. It was a first for him in the big leagues.

Chisenhall usually hits in the bottom third of the order, but acting manager Sandy Alomar wanted him in the middle of the lineup for a reason.

"He's swinging the bat much better," Alomar said before the game. "It's time to see if he can grow in that position."

Chisenhall had no problem with it.

"I like the way Sandy thinks," Chisenhall said before the game. "Hopefully, I can go out there and make him look smart."

Chisenhall did just that with three hits, but the Indians still lost to Kansas City, 7-6, in 14 innings on Tony Abreu's two-out single off Scott Maine (2-3). The loss broke the Indians' three-game winning streak -- their longest since the All-Star break -- and handed Alomar his first loss since replacing Manny Acta on Thursday.

Maine walked Mike Moustakas to start the 14th. He struck out Jeff Francoeur and Brayan Pena, but in retiring Pena, he threw a wild pitch that sent Moustakas to second. Abreu singled to center to win it.

The game-winner was the Royals' first run since they scored six off Jeanmar Gomez in the third. Abreu's hit was only the third by a Kansas City batter in 11 innings.

"Our bullpen did a remarkable job," said Alomar.

The same could not be said for the offense.

The Indians came back in the 14th to load the bases with no one out against Kelvin Herrera. Ezequiel Carrera opened with a bunt single, Shin-Soo Choo singled to right and Jason Kipnis walked, but that's when the offense stopped.

Carlos Santana sent a fly ball to shallow left as Carrera held third. Chisenhall sent a liner to Francoeur in right. Carrera, a couple of steps off third, never came back to tag up and had to stay at third. Casey Kotchman ended it with a grounder to first.

"Carrera didn't come back to the base right away, but it was going to be tough to score on Francoeur," said Alomar. "It was a line drive that wasn't that far. Even if he tagged up, I think he had a chance to get him. Francoeur has one of the best arms in the league."

The Indians left 20 runners on base, the most since they stranded 23 against the Twins on May 7, 1995. They had 12 walks and 13 hits, but went 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position.

"The opportunities were there, but we didn't score," said Alomar. "There are going to be games like this, but I'm very proud of the guys."

The win went to Vin Mazzaro (4-3), who pitched two scoreless innings. Each team used nine pitchers in the 4 hour and 52 minute game.

The Indians entered the ninth trailing, 6-4. Facing Royals' closer Greg Holland, Santana drew a leadoff walk and Chisenhall blooped a single into left field. After a sacrifice bunt by Kotchman, Asdrubal Cabrera tied it with a two-run single.

Chisenhall, besides his ninth-inning single, gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first. In the 13th, he set the stage for victory with a single that sent Kipnis from first to third with one out. Kotchman, however, hit into a double play.

"I think he did a great job in the fourth spot," said Alomar. "Chisenhall is going to grow into a role like that. I think he's going to be a pretty good hitter. By giving him a spot in the four-hole, I hope that helps his confidence."

Chisenhall is hitting .316 (25-for-79) with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 13 RBI in his past 24 games.

Gomez started the third with a 1-0 lead, but the Royals jumped him for six two-out runs. Gomez retired the first two batters, but the next six batters all scored before he could get the third out.

The big hits of the inning were a two-run double by Moustakas and a three-run homer by Francoeur.

The Tribe made it 6-2 in the sixth when Travis Hafner scored from third on a throwing error by Nate Adcock, who relieved Jake Odorizzi after two innings.

They made it 6-4 on Choo's two-run single in the eighth. A pinch-hit single by Michael Brantley, who had been out of the lineup since Sept. 23, helped keep the rally going.

The Tribe bullpen allowed one run and three hits in 11 innings. Chris Seddon relieved Gomez with three scoreless innings. Tony Sipp (one inning), Frank Herrmann (one), Esmil Rogers (one), Vinnie Pestano (one), Cody Allen (one), Scott Barnes (two) and Maine (one) followed.

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