KC uses sacrifice flies to top TribePublished 1:48am Thursday, June 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura dominated Cleveland for seven stingy innings, and Kansas City scored all of its runs on sacrifice flies in a 4-1 win over the Indians Wednesday.
The four sacrifice flies tied a franchise record, and the Royals became only the second team to score four runs all on sacrifice flies since it became an official stat in 1954. The Montreal Expos did it in an 8-4, 14-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on May 28, 1980, according to STATS.
Ventura (4-5) allowed six hits while striking out three without a walk to win back-to-back starts for the first time. Trevor Bauer (1-3) took the loss.
Kansas City has won four straight.
The Indians loaded the bases off Wade Davis with nobody out in the eighth, but two strikeouts and a groundout ended the threat. Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
The Royals (33-32) moved over .500 for the first time since May 18. They also jumped over Cleveland into second place in the division.