- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - Defense played a big part in Kansas City’s World Series run last season.

On Wednesday night, it cost them a game in Cleveland.

Three errors over the final two innings by the Royals allowed the Indians to score three runs, including two in the ninth, and secure a 5-4 walk-off win.

The loss ended Kansas City’s six-game winning streak.

“Normally, we’re so strong defensively, that wins games for us,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Tonight, we just made a series of errors in the eighth and ninth innings that cost us the game.”

Paulo Orlando entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field in the ninth and booted a base hit by Carlos Santana, allowing him to advance to second base to start the inning.

After Jason Kipnis bunted pinch-runner Michael Martinez to third, Francisco Lindor hit a line drive to right field. Orlando attempted a diving catch, but the ball rolled the wall. Martinez scored to tie the game and Lindor slid headfirst into third with a triple.

Mike Napoli then hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Lindor to win the game for the Indians.

With runners on first and second in the eighth inning, Yan Gomes hit a one-out grounder to shortstop that looked as if it would be a double play. Alcides Escobar tossed the ball to Omar Infante for the force out at second, but Infante made an errant throw to first. Tyler Naquin hit a two-out single following the error that cut Kansas City’s lead to 4-3.

“We basically gave a game away today,” Yost said. “It feels like we let that one get away and that never feels good.”

Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for the Royals as closer Wade Davis was unavailable.

“Just didn’t want to use him three days in a row,” Yost said of Davis. “It was one of those things where he needed a day.”

Drew Butera and Cheslor Cuthbert homered for the Royals and Jarrod Dyson’s fourth-inning single broke a 3-all tie.

Butera’s homer was just the second of his career.

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs in seven innings, while Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs over five innings.

The start for Carrasco was his first since April 24, when he strained his left hamstring covering first base. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game.

CAVS FAN

Escobar has made it clear he’s rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Escobar wore a gold Cavaliers No. 2 Kyrie Irving jersey during batting practice Thursday.

“I like him,” Escobar said. “He’s doing good. That’s my second favorite player. LeBron (James) and him.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas had successful surgery on his right knee to repair a torn ACL on Thursday. . C Salvador Perez could pinch hit this weekend. He took part in running and throwing drills Thursday.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (inflammation in right shoulder) could start hitting soft toss Friday. He’s been taking swings off a tee the last several days. Brantley is on the DL for the second time this season.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez has lost his last three starts to the Indians. He’s 2-5 in eight career starts against Cleveland. His 8.25 ERA is his worst against any team he’s faced.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar will make his 11th career start against the Royals. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against them at Progressive Field on May 6.

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