Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.
With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest.
Cody Anderson was hit around in Monday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Anderson entered the start having allowed seven runs in 33 innings spanning five starts. He doubled that with Monday's effort. The Royals got to him early, as Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and Omar Infante tacked on a solo shot in the second. Anderson allowed eight hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out two. He'll bring a 3.26 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings into his next start in Oakland versus the Athletics.
Edinson Volquez registered a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings, to earn his 10th win as the Royals beat the Indians on Monday.
The three earned runs are the most Volquez had allowed since July 1. Carlos Santana took him yard for a solo home run in the second inning and Francisco Lindor belted a three-run home run off of Joe Blanton in the seventh, with two of those runs charged to Volquez. The right-hander, overall, allowed six hits and walked five while striking out four. It certainly wasn't his best effort in what has otherwise been a fine season. He owns a 3.21 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 95/47 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. Volquez toes the rubber in Toronto against the Blue Jays next.
Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.
Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI.
Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs in a 3-for-5 effort Monday as the Royals topped the Indians.
Morales hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, pushing the Royals' lead to 7-1. He then tacked on an RBI single in the seventh. The RBIs were his first in a week, but he's registered back-to-back three-hit games. He owns a helpful .287/.343/.457 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 68 RBI on the year.
Francisco Lindor slugged a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals, finishing 1-for-5.
The Indians had fallen behind 9-1 when Lindor brought them back in the game with a three-run home run off of Joe Blanton in the seventh inning. The 21-year-old has hit safely in six straight games and now owns a .260/.297/.377 batting line with four home runs and 15 RBI since making his major league debut on June 14.
Eric Hosmer had a big night in a win against the Indians on Monday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.
Hosmer put the Royals on the board with three-run home run off of Cody Anderson in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the fifth. The first baseman appears to be back in the swing of things after a summer swoon, as he's resuscitated his batting line back up to .308/.368/.467 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI.
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.
It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen.