MLB: Kansas City 5, Cleveland 2

Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Luis Mendoza held the Indians to two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday and the Kansas City Royals handled Cleveland 5-2.

Mendoza (5-7) turned in his fifth quality start in six outings, issuing one walk and striking out three.

Greg Holland picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth for the Royals, who clinched their three-game series.

The Royals scored twice in the first inning, when Alcides Escobar walked, went to second on a single by Lorenzo Cain and then scored on an error by Carlos Santana on a double-steal. Cain advanced to third on the error and then came in on a groundout by Billy Butler.

Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon each drove in a run in the second inning, and the Royals went on to record only their third win in 10 games.

Indians starter Zach McAllister (4-3) gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits in six-innings.

Santana socked a two-run homer as Cleveland -- once a contender for the American League Central crown -- dropped its fifth straight.

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