Royals Rally to Beat Indians on Butler Single

Sabathia's shutout gets blown up with 4-run seventh inning
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 11:51 PM CDT
Royals Rally to Beat Indians on Butler Single
Kansas City Royals pitcher Joakim Soria, right, celebrates with catcher John Buck after the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in a baseball game, Saturday, May 3, 2008, in Cleveland.    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Billy Butler's single broke a tie game and keyed Kansas City's four-run seventh inning, leading the Royals to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians and C.C. Sabathia last night. Sabathia (1-5) took a shutout into the seventh before the Royals strung together six hits against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner and three relievers.

Luke Hochevar (2-1) held the Indians to two runs and three hits in six innings. Joakim Soria, the Royals' fourth pitcher, pitched the ninth for the save. The right-hander has converted all seven of his save chances and hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings. Sabathia had allowed one earned run in his last 20 innings through the sixth. (More MLB stories.)

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