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KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Kansas City Royals' speedster, Terrance Gore, came into the game to pinch run in the 9th inning with 0 outs. The pinch-running extraordinaire stole second base, and on a bad throw from Perez, was able to advance to third base. Hunter Dozier then drove in Gore on a game winning single to lift the Royals to a 9-8 victory, finishing off a three-game sweep of the tribe.
"i looked at (Hand) before I went out there and saw his pickoff move, " Said the grinning Terrance Gore. "I found the key to go on. I found a good pitch to go on. I saw the ball trickle out to center, and me being aggressive, I went for third."
The Royals jumped on the tribe ace, Corey Kluber. Kluber allowed 11 of his 18 batters to reach base safely, as he gave up six runs, six hits, and a career-high five walks in only 2 2/3 innings. The Kansas City Royals took a patient approach to the plate today, and it payed off. Corey Kluber, who never game up more than three walks in an entire game of 2018, looked like a shell of himself today, not showing his usual confidence in his pitches.
Kansas City had the long ball going today with Lucas Duda, Whit Merrifield, and Jorge Soler all going yard. Duda led the charge for the Royals, as he drove in four RBIs off of two hits. Tribe center fielder Leonys Martin seemed to snap out of his recent struggles at the plate today, going 3 for 5, driving in one run that came off of a solo shot in the first inning. Royals' reliever Wily Peralta captured his first win of the season to move to 1-1 on the year, Brad Hand was given his first loss of the young season.
The Cleveland Indians will begin a three-game road series against the slugging Seattle Mariners. Game one of the series will take place on Monday, April 15th, first pitch is set for 10:10 PM ET at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington. The Cleveland Indians will give Trevor Bauer the ball to start off the series, Seattle is giving Yesei Kikuchi the nod.