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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer, two of the Indians' young starting pitchers, had an inconsistent afternoon Thursday as the Indians fell to Kansas City, 5-3, at Goodyear Ballpark.
McAllister, awarded the fourth spot in the rotation last week, allowed three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Bauer, competing for the fifth spot, came on in the sixth and allowed two runs on five hits in four innings. He struck out four.
The Royals continued their excellent Cactus League season, improving to 15-2-1. The Indians are 12-7-1.
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall led the Tribe's offense with a 2-for-3 performance that raised his average to .419 (13-for-31). Chisenhall homered to start the second inning and doubled and scored to start the fourth.
Chisenhall has three homers and 10 RBI in 13 games.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second as Adam Moore singled home Salvador Perez with one out. Perez opened with a double.
Chisenhall's leadoff homer off former Indian Jeremy Guthrie in the second tied the score. Kansas City took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Johnny Giavotella's two-run double. Giavotella hit the right-field line with his soft liner to score Jeff Francouer and Moore.
The Indians made it 3-2 in the fourth. Chisenhall opened with a double and came around to score on Jason Giambi's ground ball and Omir Santos' double off first baseman Billy Butler's glove.
The Royals made it 5-2 with two runs in the eighth on consecutive doubles by David Lough, Moore and Chris Getz. Moore and Getz had the RBIs off Bauer.Terry Francona talks about No. 5 spot in rotation; Trevor Bauer, Scott Kazmir Watch video
"Zach was fighting to get in a rhythm in all day," said manager Terry Francona. "Saying that, I thought he did a great job with runners on base. One of the things he set out to do this season was control the running game."
As for Bauer, Francona said, "I thought he was up in the strike zone a little. Sometimes he pitches up in the zone on purpose, but he left some pitches up that got hit a little bit today.
"Saying that, he has that tremendous change up. He flashes all the pitches. What we want to see is him putting it all together with some consistency."
Matt Carson made it 5-3 with a leadoff homer in the eighth. Carson and Ryan Raburn lead the Indians in homers with four each.