MLB: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1

Sept. 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- James Shields struck out 10 Indians over six effective innings Monday and the Kansas City Royals bounced playoff-contending Cleveland 7-1.

Shields (12-9) handcuffed the Tribe on one run, allowing six hits and two walks as the Royals kept their own faint American League wild card hopes alive.

Kansas City finished the night 2 1/2 games out of post-season berth with the New York Yankees, Baltimore and the Indians ahead of them.

Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single while Billy Butler, David Lough and Alcides Escobar each provided two hits with an RBI in the victory.

Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (8-9) was reached for four runs on seven hits in a five-inning stint.

Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Tribe, who ended Monday 1/2-game behind second wild-card holder Texas and 1 1/2 games in back of Tampa Bay, which has sole possession of the first wild-card spot.

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