Sandy Alomar Jr. is one of the candidates who will be interviewed for the Cleveland Indians ' managerial position for next season. In the interim role, he hopes to make his case for it being permanent.
After helping Alomar earn his first victory as manager, the Indians will try to match their longest winning streak of the season at four games Saturday night when they continue their series against the Kansas City Royals .
Cleveland fired Manny Acta after nearly three years Thursday, handing Alomar the title of interim manager.
Before the game, general manager Chris Antonetti said Alomar and former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona , who spent 2001 as an Indians front office assistant, top the list of candidates for the full-time job.
In Alomar's debut, Cleveland (66-91) hitters broke out in an 8-5 victory Friday as the Indians posted their first three-game winning streak since July 3-5.
It was the second time Cleveland recorded 16 hits - its third-most this season - against the Royals this month.
"Obviously not every day is going to be this way," Alomar said. "Some will be more stressful. Kansas City came back and made it interesting and it was, 'OK, we've got to do some thinking here.'"
Cleveland hasn't won four straight since June 18-22, but after a 5-24 August in which it averaged 3.3 runs and hit .231, the Indians have put up 5.7 runs per game and batted .303 over their last 11.
While Cleveland tries to end the season on a positive note, Kansas City (70-87) has dropped six straight while being outscored 41-19. Alex Gordon had three hits and Billy Butler hit a two-run homer Friday, but Will Smith gave up six runs and nine hits in three-plus innings.
The Royals will try to snap their skid behind Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 5.06 ERA).
Odorizzi pitched into the sixth in his major league debut against Cleveland on Sunday when fans got their first look at the 22-year-old right-hander who was acquired in the trade that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.
After holding the Indians to a pair of singles through five scoreless innings, he ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up three runs and four hits, including a home run in a 15-4 loss.
"I was proud of him," manager Ned Yost said. "I thought he did an outstanding job for his first start. He's got all the intangibles. He fields his positions. He commands the baseball. He changes speeds. He's got great composure and a great competitive nature."
Jeanmar Gomez (5-8, 5.54) counters for the Indians in his first start since Sept. 12.
Gomez pitched a hitless one-inning relief appearance against Kansas City last Saturday. He's taking the rotation spot of Ubaldo Jimenez , who is done for the season with a sprained ankle.
The right-hander was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts against the Royals this year, giving up six runs and 10 hits in seven innings. In seven career starts against them, he's never gone further than the sixth inning.
|Kansas City Royals|
|September 18, 2012||Luis Mendoza||Day-to-Day||Strep throat|
|September 14, 2012||Lorenzo Cain||Day-to-Day||Left game - Strained right hamstring|
|August 18, 2012||Chris Getz||15-Day DL||Broken left thumb|
|August 17, 2012||Chris Getz||Day-to-Day||Left game - fractured left thumb|
|July 28, 2012||Mike Moustakas||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right knee|
|July 05, 2012||Luke Hochevar||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|September 27, 2012||Ubaldo Jimenez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|September 26, 2012||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained back|
|September 19, 2012||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
|September 15, 2012||Jason Donald||Day-to-Day||Right forearm contusion|
|September 13, 2012||Michael Brantley||Day-to-Day||Sore left pectoral muscle|
|September 09, 2012||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The game had many twists and dragged on well into the night before the Kansas City Royals finally broke their losing streak.
Manager Ned Yost was willing to play until the sun came up if it meant ending the six-game skid.
"I don't care as long as we got it," Royals manager Ned Yost said after Saturday night's 7-6 win over Cleveland in 14 innings.
Tony Abreu 's two-out single scored Mike Moustakas with the go-ahead run as Kansas City snapped its longest losing streak since a 12-game skid from April 11-24. The Royals had played .500 ball between the two streaks.
"It was weighing on me," Yost said. "I don't like going through that, especially late in the season."
Both teams used nine pitchers in the game, which lasted 4 hours and 52 minutes.
"We did a good job of outlasting them," Yost said.
The Royals have matched last season's win total when they finished 71-91.
Scott Maine (2-3) walked Moustakas on four pitches to start the inning. Jeff Francoeur and Brayan Pena struck out, but Maine's wild pitch moved Moustakas into scoring position. Abreu blooped a single to center to score the go-ahead run.
Vin Mazzaro (4-3) pitched two scoreless innings and Kelvin Herrera pitched the 14th for his third save. The Indians loaded the bases with nobody out, but didn't score. Cleveland stranded 20 baserunners.
Ezequiel Carrera reached on a bunt hit and took third on Shin-Soo Choo's single to right. Jason Kipnis walked to load the bases. Carlos Santana 's fly ball to left wasn't deep enough to score Carrera. Lonnie Chisenhall sent a line drive to right field. Francoeur raced in and made a waist high catch with Carrera holding third.
Casey Kotchman , who bounced into a double play with runners on first and third to end the 12th, grounded out to end the game.
"Any time you have as many chances as I did to send the other team on a walk-off (win) as I did, it's certainly frustrating," he said.
"Herrera just did a phenomenal job," Yost said. "I just kept thinking he's done it before and he can do it again, and darn sure if he didn't."
Cleveland's bullpen pitched 10 scoreless innings before allowing the winning run.
The Indians won Friday night in interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first game since replacing Manny Acta, who was fired Thursday. Alomar and Terry Francona are the only known candidates for the job. Francona, who managed Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, likely won't interview until after the season ends on Wednesday.
"Today was a difficult game, but it was fun," Alomar said. "The guys came back, they fought."
The loss snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak. The Indians haven't won four straight since June 18-22.
The Royals were down 1-0, but had a six-run third inning that was highlighted by Francoeur's three-run homer. Billy Butler 's RBI single and Moustakas's two-run double also keyed the inning.
Trailing 6-2, the Indians scored twice in the eighth before rallying in the ninth to tie the game off closer Greg Holland . Santana drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and went to third on Chisenhall's bloop single to left. After Kotchman's sacrifice, pinch-hitter Cord Phelps struck out on three pitches.
Asdrubal Cabrera , who didn't start while resting wrist and back injuries, worked the count to 3-2 before dropping a double into right-center to tie the game.
NOTES: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer said he has a small tear in his right rotator cuff. He was injured diving for a ground ball in Thursday's game against Detroit and an MRI on Friday showed the tear. Hosmer said he will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Kansas City on Monday. ... SS Alcides Escobar was out of the lineup for the second straight game for Kansas City. He injured his right shoulder diving for a ball on Thursday. ... Alomar said Cabrera and Brantley will be in the lineup before the season ends. Cabrera has been in and out of the lineup the last two weeks while Brantley hasn't started for the last five games. ... Alomar said RHP Roberto Hernandez (sprained ankle) could pitch out of the bullpen in the last four games.