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Royals topple Cleveland

Published on -9/19/2013, 10:29 AM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Manager Ned Yost's faith in Bruce Chen paid off for the Kansas City Royals.

Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The Royals, who have not made the playoffs since 1985, are 2.5 games back in the wild-card standings, while the Indians are a half-game behind.

"I felt really good about Bruce being on the hill for us," Yost said. "I just felt his veteran experience was going to be crucial in a big game like this. My mindset was to get him through the lineup twice and if we had any lead at all, to do some maneuvering.

"A game of this magnitude you don't play around. We've got 10 games left. You don't play (around) with 10 games left especially when they are this big. You get it out of the way and then you worry about tomorrow tomorrow."

Yost did some bullpen maneuvering to keep the lead.

"Every single game is a must win," Chen said. "We're behind. We're trying to catch up. The bullpen did an outstanding job. We have the best bullpen in the American League."

Chen was pulled in the sixth after giving up a single to Michael Bourn and walking Nick Swisher to lead off the inning.

"He does what he does," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Chen.

"He's up, down, in, out. Nothing the same speed. He takes the sting out of your bat. He really knows how to pitch."

Francisley Bueno replaced Chen and recorded two outs with three pitches.

After Jeff Kipnis advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Bueno kept the runners put when Carlos Santana grounded out to third baseman Mike Moustakas. Louis Coleman came in and retired Ryan Raburn on a fly to right to strand the runners.

Royals relievers Tim Collins, Will Smith and Greg Holland preserved the lead, allowing just one hit, to keep the team's playoff chances alive.

The Royals broke the game open with three runs off four Indians pitchers in the eighth. Alcides Escobar had a two-run single on a full-count off Carlos Carrasco, while Jarrod Dyson walked with the bases loaded.

"The last at-bat, that's one of my best at-bats of the year," Escobar said. "I was just trying to put ball in play, ground ball, fly ball, anywhere. I was really concentrating. I was trying to put the ball in play and got the base hit."

Rookie Danny Salazar (1-3), who had allowed just one run in 13.2 innings in his first three September starts, took the loss, giving up four runs and six hits in six innings.

The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with Perez's two-out double, scoring Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler. Perez went to third on the throw home and scored on a Salazar wild pitch.

The Indians scored a pair of runs in the third. Yan Gomes came home after center fielder Dyson had trouble picking up Michael Brantley's double. Brantley wound up scoring on Bourn's sacrifice fly.

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