KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
reached 25 scoreless innings in a row. It wasn't easy.
Greinke (2-0) wiggled out of trouble for five scoreless innings, before departing after 104 pitches and the
Kansas City Royals
held on to defeat the Indians 4-2 Monday night.
He stranded two runners in the first, struck out
to end the third with the bases loaded and struck out
to end the fourth with runners on second and third.
''You can't say enough about what he did when he had to with runners on base,'' Royals manager Trey Hillman said. ''That's
when he was at his best. That's what guys with his kind of stuff and his ability can do on occasion. Thankfully, he was able
to do it in several innings.''
Greinke has thrown 11 scoreless innings this season in winning his first two starts and has not allowed a run since the sixth
inning on Sept. 13 at Cleveland. He struck out nine, two shy of his career high, walked two and gave up six hits.
''Mainly the first and third innings were the ones that had me worried the most, but luckily I got out of it,'' Greinke said.
Shortstop Tony Pena Jr. scooped up Peralta's grounder up the middle to end the first with two runners on base.
''In the first inning, Tony made an amazing play,'' Greinke said. ''Soon as it got by me, I knew it was gone. I was just real
mad, but somehow he made the play. I don't know how many times I can continue doing that, but the last two games I've been
doing good with men on base. You've got to take the two wins, no matter how it happens. That's as good as it can get.''
The Royals scored three runs in the first off right-hander
(0-2), who threw 42 pitches in the inning.
hit RBI singles around
's run-scoring double.
, who hit 32 home runs for Florida last year and was acquired in an offseason trade, led off the fourth with a home run, his
first for the Royals.
''Anytime you can get that first one out of the way, it's a good thing,'' Jacobs said. ''I want to hit home runs over here
as well. Homers are things that you don't necessarily go up and say I'm going to try to hit a home run on this at-bat or that
at-bat. They just kind of happen.''
The Indians stranded a dozen runners and went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
''We squandered too many opportunities,'' Indians manager
said. ''Greinke is a good young pitcher. We've seen him mature in the last couple of years.''
Carmona allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.
''I had trouble getting the first pitch over for a strike,'' Carmona said. ''I threw way too many pitches in the first. My
ball was moving too much.''
Hafner struck out three times and stranded eight runners, while Peralta also stranded eight runners.
After failing to get a hit in three innings off relievers
, the Indians opened a two-run ninth with singles by
was summoned, but gave up singles to Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo on his first two pitches. Choo's single scored Crowe. A wild
pitch brought home Cabrera and moved up the potential tying runs into scoring position. Soria, however, worked out of the
jam to log his fourth save in as many chances. He struck out Peralta looking to end the game.
''It got a little hairy there, especially after the wild pitch, not being able to block that, and that tying run getting to
second base,'' Hillman said. ''I sure didn't like seeing that tying run get to second base and the meat of their order coming
up. But Joakim did what he usually does. He doesn't let his heart rate get up there too much and got a couple of big strikeouts.''
Notes: Royals 3B
was held out of the lineup for the second straight game with soreness in his right hip, but Hillman said he would return to
the lineup Tuesday. ... Wedge said LHP
would be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and start Wednesday for the Indians in the finale of this three-game series. ...
struck out three times, bringing his total to 11 times in 17 at-bats.