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Royals routed by Indians

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 3:35 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar looks toward first base after Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera bunts in the fifth inning of Sunday's game in Cleveland. Cabrera was safe at first base.

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 full-time position and expects to add 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. It was 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 were 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 hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the eighth.


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