- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Zack Greinke extended his scoreless inning streak to 25 innings and the Kansas City Royals held on to defeat the Indians 4-2 Monday night.

Greinke (2-0) wiggled out of trouble for five scoreless innings, before departing after 104 pitches. Greinke has thrown 11 scoreless innings this season in winning his first two starts and has not allowed a run since the sixth inning on Sept. 13 at Cleveland.

He stranded two runners in the first, struck out Travis Hafner and Jhonny Peralta to end the third with the bases loaded and struck out Grady Sizemore to end the fourth with runners on second and third.

Greinke struck out nine, two shy of his career high, walked two and gave up six hits.

The Royals scored three runs in the first off right-hander Fausto Carmona (0-2), who threw 42 pitches in the inning. Mark Teahen and Alberto Callaspo hit RBI singles around Billy Butler’s run-scoring double.

Mike Jacobs, who hit 32 home runs for Florida last year and was acquired in an offseason trade, led off the fourth with a home run, his first for the Royals.

Carmona allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.

Hafner struck out three times and stranded eight runners, while Peralta also stranded eight runners.

After failing to get a hit in three innings off relievers Jamey Wright and Kyle Farnsworth, the Indians opened a two-run ninth with Trevor Crowe and Asdrubal Cabrera singles off left-hander Ron Mahay.

Closer Joakim Soria was summoned, but gave up singles to Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo on his first two pitches. Choo’s single scored Crowe. A wild pitch brought home Cabrera and moved up the potential tying runs into scoring position. Soria, however, worked out of the jam to log his fourth save in as many chances. He struck out Peralta looking to end the game.

Notes:@ Royals 3B Alex Gordon was held out of the lineup for the second straight game with soreness in his right hip, but manager Trey Hillman said he would return to the lineup Tuesday. … Indians manager Eric Wedge said LHP Aaron Laffey would be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and start Wednesday for the Indians in the finale of this three-game series. … Royals C Miguel Olivo struck out three times, bringing his total to 11 times in 17 at-bats.

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