Royals bounce back to beat Indians

Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson bunts for a single against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson bunts for a single against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Jeremy Guthrie got a major assist from his defense in pitching six innings, Alcides Escobar hit a rare home run and the Kansas City Royals snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland, 6-3 on Tuesday night to close on the Indians and two others in the AL’s cramped wild-card scramble.

Guthrie (14-10) allowed just one run and nine hits, but was helped by three double plays.

With the win and Tampa Bay’s loss, Kansas City pulled within three games of a wild-card spot. The Royals also got a game tighter to the Indians, who dropped to 6-3 in September.

Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the sixth off Zach McAllister (7-9) and the won’t-go-away Royals won for the 12th time in 17 games.

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