Franco, Starling rally Kansas City to 2-1 win over Indians – Lakenewsonline.com

Franco, Starling rally Kansas City to 2-1 win over Indians – Lakenewsonline.com

Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series.

It was the Royals’ first win this season when trailing after seven innings.

“They just keep playing,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “That’s the message before the game. We’re going to be sticklers on the little things.

“They just continued, even when we were down. I still felt like we were about to do something.”

Scott Barlow (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. He pitched one inning, allowing two hits and no runs. Greg Holland recorded his second save.

James Karinchak (0-2) took the loss. He walked the first two batters he faced, and they scored on the hits by Franco and Starling.

“It was tough; I haven’t had an at-bat in a week,” Starling said. “I’ve been going in on defense and running the bases. But I continued to stay locked in. Going into that at-bat against a sinker-slider guy, I just tried to stay to the middle, to the big part of the field.”

Shane Bieber continued his stellar start to the 2020 season. He threw six scoreless innings, striking out nine and
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