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Cabrera's grand slam leads Indians over Royals

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Associated Press
9/30/2012 4:37:33 PM
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CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera capped a 10-run fifth inning with a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 15-3 Sunday.

Zach McAllister (6-8) pitched five-hit ball over 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs as Cleveland improved to 2-1 with interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar (8-16) was tagged for nine runs over 4 2-3 innings.

The Indians tied a season high in runs and hits, 19. It was their ninth double-digit hit total in 10 games. They've won six of them, including a 15-4 victory in Kansas City a week ago.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left in the sixth with left groin tightness as Kansas City lost for the seventh time in eight games.

McAllister won for the first time in nine starts since beating Boston on Aug. 11. The rookie was 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his first eight starts after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. He has been part of Cleveland's second-half struggles, but has yielded three runs or fewer in 16 of 22 starts overall.

The Indians are 5-2 after a disastrous 12-41 stretch that dropped them from contention into last place in the AL Central and cost manager Manny Acta his job. General manager Chris Antonetti will interview Alomar and former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona soon for the fulltime position and expects a few other candidates to the search.

The 10-run inning was Cleveland's first since doing it in Kansas City in a 19-1 win on May 16, 2011. The Indians had not scored 10 in an inning at home since an 11-run first inning against the Royals on Aug. 13, 2006.

Lou Marson's two-out RBI single put Cleveland ahead 1-0 in the second.

Cleveland made it 11-0 in the fifth as Cabrera hit his second career slam, off left-handed reliever Everett Teaford. Shin-Soo Choo doubled to start the rally and later had a two-run single. Jason Kipnis and Hannahan each had RBI doubles. Other runs scored on a forceout by Casey Kotchman and when Jason Donald was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Hochevar dropped to 1-7 in 11 starts since beating the Indians on July 31. The right-hander gave up nine hits and three walks in his final start of a wildly inconsistent season. In 21 outings, he had a 2.88 ERA. In 11 other starts, he lasted only a total of 48 innings and had a 13.88 ERA.

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, his 13th, in the sixth for Kansas City. Tony Abreu's RBI single made it 11-3 in the seventh.

Matt LaPorta had a two-run double in the Indians' seventh and Cord Phelps a bases-loaded RBI single in the eighth.

NOTES: Kansas City won the season series for the first time since 2003, going 10-8. ... Cleveland has totalled 104 runs in the fifth, their best inning overall. ... Cabrera had his eighth game of three hits, while Hannahan got three hits for the first time this year. ... The Indians open a season-ending three-game series at home against Chicago on Monday. LHP Hector Santiago (3-1) will start for the White Sox, competing Detroit for the AL Central title. Cleveland counters with RHP Corey Kluber (2-4). ... Kansas City hosts the first-place Tigers for three games. LHP Bruce Chen (11-13) will start for the Royals against Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (9-12) on Monday.

Asdrubal Cabrera (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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