User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Royals top Indians to open critical series

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Royals ace James Shields peered in at the Indians' Yan Gomes, who had stepped to the plate with two runners aboard in the fourth inning of a nip-and-tuck game between playoff contenders.

Advertisement
When Gomes swung and missed at strike three, Shields roared like a lion as he stalked off the mound, the intensity of meaningful September baseball etched across his face.

Shields wound up going six innings Monday night, and Salvador Perez led a scrappy Kansas City offense that eventually pulled away for a 7-1 victory in the opener of a pivotal three-game series.

Shields struck out a season-high 10 for the Royals (79-71), who moved within 2 1/2 games of the AL's second wild-card berth. The Indians (81-69) remained a half-game back of Texas, which lost to Tampa Bay earlier in the night in a matchup of teams leading the wild-card race.

``Every game is important,'' Shields said. ``This is what we live for, this is what we play for, September baseball, and hopefully we have a chance to go to the playoffs.''

Shields (12-9) allowed only Lonnie Chisenhall's solo homer before turning the game over to his stingy bullpen. Wade Davis, Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins did the rest in a steady drizzle.

Perez finished with three hits and was among six different players to drive in a run for Kansas City, which is chasing its first postseason berth since winning the 1985 World Series.

``We have the talent to compete each and every night,'' said Lorenzo Cain, who drove in one of the runs. ``You need a little luck every now and then, but we have the talent to compete.

Scott Kazmir (8-9) gave up four runs in 5-plus innings for the Indians. He didn't get a whole lot of help from his offense, which racked up a season-high 17 strikeouts.

``I did everything I could,'' Kazmir said. ``I battled my butt off to get where I was.''

Accustomed to pitching in important games, Shields kept the Indians guessing all night. He fanned three in the fifth after Chisenhall went deep, and the only other time he was in trouble was the first, when Shields stranded runners on second and third.

``He knows how to handle his emotions and channel it to his benefit, but he also knows how to transfer it to his teammates,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ``He knows what's at stake and he's getting after it. He's into it.''

Billy Butler started the scoring by driving in Emilio Bonifacio with a two-out single in the first, and then Kansas City tacked on another run in the third thanks to some hustle.

Alex Gordon struck out swinging but raced to first base when Kazmir's wild pitch went to the backstop. He reached third on Eric Hosmer's single and scored on Perez's two-out base knock.

``When Scott left the game, we're still in striking distance,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ``We didn't finish a couple of plays and it got away from us.''

That happened in the sixth, when Perez and Cain opened the inning with back-to-back triples for a 3-1 lead, and David Lough added a pinch-hit single to provide the Royals with another run.

Alcides Escobar reached base when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera fielded his grounder and threw wide of first for an error, and then Bonifacio hit a dribbler toward Chisenhall at third that he mishandled for another error. The second in a span of three batters resulted in a 5-1 game.

The Royals added a pair of runs in the seventh inning to put it away.

``They put it on us tonight,'' said the Indians' Jason Giambi, who was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts. ``They played great baseball. They just out played us tonight.''

Notes: RHP Yordano Ventura will make his big league debut for the Royals on Tuesday night in place of LHP Danny Duffy, who has inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow. Ventura was 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA at Triple-A Omaha. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson (oblique strain) threw from 110 feet before the game. Manager Terry Francona said he's hopeful Masterson will be available down the stretch. ... RHP Corey Kluber will start for the Indians on Wednesday night.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Tip Sheet
Tigers rally past Angels, 6-4
Orioles take care of Mariners, 4-0
Brewers stay hot, crush Mets
White Sox rout Twins as road 'dogs
Royals edge Indians in 14 innings
Marlins rally to top Braves, 3-2
Padres destroy Cubs, 13-3
Moss powers A's past Astros
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
16-5 L21 Guarantees, +7,788 TY
13-2 L15 Totals, +2,822 This Year
8-1 L3 Days +2,440 This Season
13-6, +973 Record Last 5 Days
14-4 G-Plays, +1,721 This Year
+2,432 Net Proftis This Year
12-4 MLB Win Streak
+1,874 Overall This Year
5-2 L7, +2,274 MLB Totals TY
5-2 +519 L7 G-Plays, +1,514 TY
10-4 Last 14 MLB Totals
6-0 L6, 12-3 +937 L15 Guarantees
6-3 +295 Y'day, +1,801 TY
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Antony Dinero
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8303
The Gold Sheet + 2537
Bruce Marshall + 2424
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2911
James Manos + 2547
Dave Cokin + 1477
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2669
Matt Zylbert + 2064
Tony Stoffo + 1224
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 1137
Dave Cokin + 1109
Antony Dinero + 774
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3952
Mike Rose + 1606
Kevin Rogers + 1478
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1744
The Gold Sheet + 1124
Bruce Marshall + 1060
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!