- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland’s game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning.

The Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out, two-run double, but rain prevented the teams from playing the bottom half of the inning. It was shelved after a 58-minute delay.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of the last scheduled series between the teams.

“It’s kind of a weird feeling, the game’s not over, but I’d rather have the lead,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “As weird as it is, you put this in your rearview mirror and move on quickly, and then we’ll figure it out once the time comes around.

“I think the umpires had a game at one o’clock in St. Louis and I think they’re just trying to make the best decision they could. One school of thought was to wait until 11:45 and maybe play in the rain. We’ll do whatever they tell us do, but you can’t control the weather.”

Both 10th-inning runs were unearned after first baseman Billy Butler fumbled Jason Kipnis’ one hopper. Chisenhall drove an 0-2 pitch from closer Greg Holland off the right-field wall to score both runs.

“It’s not over yet,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Kansas City (74-61) and Detroit were tied for the division lead coming into the day, with Cleveland (70-64) just 3 1/2 games back after winning three straight and six of seven. The addition of the suspended game to their September three-game set just adds to the importance of the series for the Royals and Indians.

“If we’re still in a funk then we’re in trouble,” Yost said. “We’ll find a way to battle through it.”

Detroit lost 6-2 to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, so the Royals lead the Central by a half-game heading into the opener of a three-game series against Texas on Monday night.

The Indians begin a four-game set with the Tigers on Monday.

Kansas City had lost three straight and five of seven heading into the series finale against the Indians. But the Royals jumped in front on Alex Gordon’s sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Gordon also went deep in the ninth, tying it at 2 with a leadoff drive against Cody Allen. The closer had converted his previous 17 save chances.

The Indians got an RBI double from Michael Brantley in the third, and Mike Aviles hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Yan Gomes had four hits at the time of the suspension.

Danny Duffy allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for Kansas City. He struck out six and walked three.

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