Newly promoted Joey Gathright gave Kansas City an immediate boost, helping Brian Bannister win his second straight start with the Royals’ 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Gathright, recalled from the minors in the afternoon when 2003 AL Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa was designated for assignment, had two hits, a stolen base, sacrifice bunt and run scored.
Kansas City ended a three-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 13 games. The Royals scored three or fewer runs in nine of the 10 losses.
For seven innings, Bannister (2-3) baffled an Indians offense that had hit .303 and averaged 6.3 runs over its previous 23 games. The right-hander allowed one unearned run and four hits — following up his best career start of five days earlier.
Acquired in a trade from the New York Mets in December, Bannister went 0-3 in six starts until getting his first AL win June 1 at Tampa Bay — when he allowed two hits and one run, striking out a career-high six in eight innings.
Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his second save. With runners on second and third and two outs, he intentionally walked Grady Sizemore before hitting Casey Blake to force in a run.
Dotel got Franklin Gutierrez to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
DRAFT: The Royals aren’t saying who they have in mind for the No. 2 overall pick behind Tampa.
Rick Porcello, a right-handed high school pitcher from New Jersey, often is mentioned as the overall No. 2 talent in what’s considered a fairly deep pool.
But the Royals also are known to have paid plenty of attention to Ross Detwiler, a left-hander from Missouri State, and Josh Vitters, a high school third baseman from Anaheim, Calif.
“There are probably six or eight people good enough to be considered as the first or second players taken,” Moore said.