- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - If anybody has any quarrels with Francisco Lindor breaking up a no-hitter with a bunt single, Cleveland manager Terry Francona doesn’t want to hear it.

Lindor ended Kansas City’s no-hit bid with a bunt single against reliever Ryan Madson leading off the seventh inning, and the AL Central-champion Royals beat the Indians 3-0 with a five-pitcher two-hitter.

“We’re not trying to break up a no-hitter; we’re trying to win a game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “If they have issues with it - I saw (Alcides) Escobar saying a few things - they can take it up with me. I thought it was a very good bunt.”

Royals manager Ned Yost had no qualms with Lindor bunting.

“I was a little bit surprised,” Yost said. “But no, they’re fighting for a wild card.”

Yost added that he would’ve been more upset if it was a one-pitcher bid.

“I just want to win the game,” he said, “and they want to win the game and they’re trying find (to) ways to keep themselves in that wild-card hunt.”

On the first pitch from Madson, who was pitching from the stretch, Lindor laid down a bunt that third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was playing back, picked up with his bare hand about 40 feet from home plate. Moustakas’ one-hop throw to first was not nearly in time.

“I was trying to get on base and make something happen,” Lindor said. “Michael Brantley was coming to home plate, the tying run. I mean that’s big, to get the tying run to the plate. Getting somebody on base when it’s two-nothing, you can change the game like that.”

Chris Young’s father died Saturday night, but he insisted on starting Sunday for the Royals.

Young (11-6), making his first start since July 28 after nearly two months in the bullpen, pitched five hitless innings.

Danny Duffy struck out two in a perfect sixth for the Royals, who already have clinched their first division title in 30 years.

A day after climbing above .500 for the first time since April 9, the Indians (77-77) fell four games behind Houston (82-74) for the AL’s second wild card with eight games left.

Cleveland’s only previous baserunner before Lindor was Brantley, who walked with two outs in the fourth. Lorenzo Cain tracked down Jose Ramirez’s liner to right-center in the third, and that was as close as Cleveland came to a hit off Young.

Brantley followed Lindor’s hit with a walk, and, one out later, Lonnie Chisenhall lined out to Madson, who threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer trying for an inning-ending double play. The throw was off line and in the dirt as Brantley eluded Hosmer and got back safely, while Lindor came home.

Kansas City asked for a video review, but after a 71-second delay, the call was not overturned - Hosmer tagged Brantley with his glove while the ball was in his throwing hand.

Moustakas then claimed Lindor did not tag up before running home. Crew chief Dana DeMuth called for an umpire’s review and, after a 3:27 delay, umpires ruled Lindor left early and was out.

“It was convoluted, as you could tell,” Francona said of the umpire’s explanation. “I guess in the end, they got the call right. I’m not too sure I still agree that they handled it appropriately.

“I think when Ned came out and challenged, they lost the challenge, and then he comes back out, which you’re not allowed to do, and they allowed him to, and then you see on the board and they react to that, which again, I don’t think you can do that, either. That’s hard to have a run taken off the board. Now, the call was right, I just don’t think it was probably handled exactly right.”

Kelvin Herrera worked a flawless eighth, and Wade Davis gave up a double to Jason Kipnis in the ninth as he finished for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the fourth against Danny Salazar (13-10) when Hosmer hit an RBI double and scored on Moustakas’ groundout. Alex Gordon singled in a run in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Brantley (right shoulder injury) played left after missing the four previous games.

Royals: DH Kendrys Morales sat out with a bruised right ankle after being hit by a pitch Saturday. X-rays were negative.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber, who starts Monday against the Twins, is tied for the AL-lead with 15 losses after winning the AL Cy Young award last year.

Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura will start Monday at Wrigley Field, a makeup of a May 30 rainout against the Cubs.


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