Carlos Santana scores and the Cleveland Indians shut down the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo
CLEVELAND -- Roberto Perez, Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana hit home runs, and Cleveland Indians pitchers tossed their second consecutive shutout as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Saturday night at Progressive Field.
Cleveland also shutout Kansas City 4-0 on Friday night. The Royals have not scored a run over their last 25 innings and are 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the American League's second wild card.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger (7-5) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits with a career-high nine strikeouts. Relievers Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero and Cody Allen pitched a hitless inning apiece.
Kansas City's Jason Hammel (6-10) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Hammel retired the first 16 batters before Bradley Zimmer broke up the perfect game bid with one-out single in the sixth inning.
Perez followed by hitting a line drive home run on an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his third homer, giving Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
Encarnacion led off the seventh inning with a towering blast into the left-field bleachers for his 30th homer, pushing the lead to 3-0. After Jay Bruce grounded out, Santana slammed his 19th home run over the right-field wall to make it 4-0.
Clevinger was almost as good but had to wiggle out of a jam in the fourth inning.
With one out, Melky Cabrera singled and went to third on a single by Eric Hosmer. Clevinger struck out Salvador Perez for the second out, but Mike Moustakas drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases.
Alcides Escobar hit a popup to shallow center field. Second baseman Jose Ramirez raced into the outfield and made an over-the-shoulder catch for the third out.
In the fifth inning, with a runner at first and two outs, Lorenzo Cain hit a fly ball to deep left-center field. Center fielder Zimmer raced into the gap and made a spectacular diving catch for the third out of the inning.
NOTES: Royals LHP Danny Duffy has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday and placed on the 10-day disabled with a left elbow impingement. To replace Duffy on the roster, the Royals selected RHP Onelki Garcia from Triple-A Omaha. ... With Duffy on the DL, LHP Eric Skoglund (1-1, 5.59 ERA) will start Sunday's game for the Royals. It will be Skoglund's fourth major league start, his first since June 9. ... The Indians selected the contract of LHP Craig Breslow from Triple-A Columbus, and optioned LHP Ryan Merritt to Columbus. Breslow, 37, was designated for assignment by Minnesota on July 24. The Indians also designated for assignment RHP Diego Moreno. ... Indians RHP Josh Tomlin will be activated off the disabled list and will start Wednesday in New York, against the Yankees. Tomlin has been on the DL since July 31 with a left hamstring strain.