Pitching
Justin Masterson
ERA4.15

JustinMasterson

SEASON CAREER
W11 39
L14 52
G31 176
IP189.2 798.0
BB81 313
SO149 630
Friday, September 21st 8:10 PM ET
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
 

LuisMendoza

SEASON CAREER
W7 13
L9 18
G27 65
IP146.0 245.0
BB53 91
SO89 139
Pitching
Luis Mendoza
ERA5.66
Cleveland Indians VS. 

Luis Mendoza

Career vs. Cleveland
2-1
4.95 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Michael Brantley 6 .333 2 0 0 0 1 .333 .666 .333
Asdrubal Cabrera 6 .333 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .666 .333
Shin-Soo Choo 3 .333 1 0 2 0 1 .333 1.000 .667
Aaron Cunningham 2 .500 1 0 1 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Johnny Damon 4 .250 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .500 .250
Shelley Duncan 4 .250 1 1 3 1 2 .400 1.400 1.000
Travis Hafner 4 .500 2 1 1 1 0 .600 1.850 1.250
Jack Hannahan 7 .143 1 0 1 0 0 .143 .286 .143
Jason Kipnis 2 .000 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .500 .000
Casey Kotchman 5 .800 4 0 1 2 0 .857 1.857 1.000
Jose Lopez 5 .400 2 0 0 1 0 .500 .900 .400
Lou Marson 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Santana 2 .000 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .333 .000
Kansas City Royals VS. 

Justin Masterson

Career vs. Kansas City
4-4
4.50 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Yuniesky Betancourt 12 .250 3 0 1 0 1 .250 .583 .333
Billy Butler 29 .276 8 0 2 2 6 .323 .633 .310
Jarrod Dyson 2 .500 1 0 0 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Alcides Escobar 14 .214 3 0 1 0 2 .214 .428 .214
Jeff Francoeur 20 .300 6 0 2 0 2 .300 .650 .350
Chris Getz 8 .250 2 0 0 2 1 .455 .830 .375
Alex Gordon 23 .391 9 1 4 1 3 .417 1.156 .739
Eric Hosmer 9 .222 2 0 2 0 3 .200 .422 .222
Mitch Maier 6 .500 3 0 0 2 2 .625 1.125 .500
Mike Moustakas 9 .111 1 0 1 0 0 .111 .222 .111
Brayan Pena 5 .400 2 0 0 0 0 .400 .800 .400

Mendoza helps Royals beat Indians 6-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Luis Mendoza felt terrible for much of the week, then quickly got into trouble when he returned to the mound Friday night.

Once he wiggled out of that first-inning jam, it was mostly smooth sailing from there.

Mendoza pitched into the seventh in his first start since a bout with strep throat, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 victory over the struggling Cleveland Indians .

Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena each drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won three straight and four of six. Mendoza (8-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

The Indians have lost 40 of 52 games since July 26 when they were 50-49 and trailed AL Central-leading White Sox by 3 1/2 games. They have lost six straight against Kansas City and eight of nine overall in the season series.

Mendoza (8-9), who was scratched from a Wednesday start with the illness, got off to shaky start. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis singled with no outs in the first and moved up on Asdrubal Cabrera 's sacrifice.

Mendoza then struck out Carlos Santana and issued an intentional walk to Michael Brantley before Travis Hafner grounded out to end the inning.

"He did a great job of getting out of it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Striking out Santana was a huge out and he ended up getting out of it."

Mendoza was sick for much of the week.

"On Monday, I felt terrible, all my body hurt," he said. "I just came to the field and tried to get something to feel better. Tuesday I came in early, I started feeling better. Tonight, I felt good, felt 100 percent."

Kansas City pushed across two runs in the second on RBI singles by Pena and Irving Falu . Moustakas tacked on a sacrifice fly in the third and a run-scoring groundout in the fifth.

Mendoza departed after Ezequiel Carrera led off the seventh with a bunt single. Tim Collins hit Choo with a pitch and yielded a two-out, two-run single to Santana.

Kansas City responded with two runs in the eighth to make it 6-3. Eric Hosmer , who had the winning RBI single in Thursday's victory over Chicago, hit a sacrifice fly and Pena doubled in Jeff Francoeur .

Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities.

"The eighth inning was big after it got back to a one-run lead, to get two more runs and get Holland some breathing room," Yost said. "He came in for the third night in a row and was fantastic."

Mendoza earned his first victory since Aug. 11. He was 0-1 with four no-decisions since his previous win.

"Offensively, we continue to struggle, especially with situational hitting," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "The first inning we had a situation where we could just take the lead, and who knows what would happen after that. But, we failed to drive in a run with a runner on third and the infield back."

Justin Masterson (11-15) lost his third straight start. He was charged with four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Brantley singled home Cabrera in the third inning for Cleveland's first run.

NOTES: Royals C Salvador Perez and LF Alex Gordon were held out of the lineup with bruised hands. Manager Ned Yost said Perez has been battling sore hands for a week and likely would not play in the weekend series against the Indians. Gordon bruised his hand while sliding into home in the sixth inning Thursday. Gordon did come in as a defensive replacement in the eighth. Yost said Gordon probably would start Saturday. .. Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez , who has lost five straight decisions, will start Saturday. The Royals will counter with rookie LHP Will Smith . ... George Toma, who was the Royals' groundskeeper from their inaugural season until 1995, was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame before the game. Toma becomes the 25th member of the Royals' hall.

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