KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Michael Tucker slapped an RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night to give the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
After spending seven innings on the bench, Tucker batted for Kit Pellow in the eighth and grounded out. Staying in the game in right field, Tucker came up again with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth and dropped a single into shallow left field to drive in Chuck Knoblauch with the winning run.
Tucker's hit made a winner of former Indian Jason Grimsley (4-6), who tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Kansas City starter Runelvys Hernandez allowed two runs and scattered 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks.
Starting in place of Milton Bradley, Bill Selby provided all the offense for Cleveland with two solo homers. Selby, who posted the first multi-homer game of his career, was a last-minute replacement when Bradley was scratched with a strained left oblique muscle.
Terry Mulholland (3-2) took the loss, yielding a run and two hits with two walks while retiring just two batters. Rookie starter Cliff Lee tossed five strong innings, allowing just one run and four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.