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Escobar, Hochevar lead Royals to win over Indians

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 10:53 p.m. CDT; updated 11:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) takes the ball from catcher Salvador Perez during the fifth inning of a Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY — Alcides Escobar drove in three runs, Luke Hochevar pitched six solid innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Escobar had two hits for his 34th multi-hit game, raising his average to a team-leading .307. Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon had three hits each, and Chris Getz had two hits and drove in two runs. The Royals scored all their runs in the first three innings.

Hochevar settled down after giving up three runs in the second and third innings. One run scored on Johnny Damon's infield single in the second when Hochevar failed to cover first base. In the third, Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Hochevar's wild pitch.

Hochevar (7-9) gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six.

The Royals broke open the game with a five-run third inning, highlighted by Getz's two-run double and Escobar's RBI triple. The third was one shy of the club's biggest inning this season.

Indians starter Derek Lowe (8-10) failed to finish the third and balked in a run. Lowe was pulled after allowing seven runs on eight hits, two walks and a balk in  2 1/3 innings.

In his past three starts, Lowe is 0-3 with a 15.88 ERA, allowing 20 earned runs and 23 hits in 11 1/3 innings. Since starting the season 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA on May 15, Lowe is 2-9 and his ERA has climbed to 5.52.

Lorenzo Cain, who also had two hits, had a run-producing single in the first. In the second, Escobar's single to right scored Getz and Dyson.


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