n all-Russian semifinal. "Youzhny

n all-Russian semifinal. "Youzhny

Postby lw789 » April 12th, 2018, 3:00 am

CLEVELAND -- With another win, the Royals stepped closer to history and a playoff berth. Theyve got a much bigger goal in mind. Rookie Yordano Ventura blanked Clevelands punchless offence for seven innings as Kansas City kept pressure on first-place Detroit in the AL Central with a 7-1 win over the Indians on Tuesday night. Following the game, the Royals retreated to their clubhouse to watch the ninth inning of the Tigers 5-4 win over Chicago. As they ate their postgame meals, Kansas Citys players roared loudly when the White Sox scored three runs in the ninth to tie it. It got much quieter when Miguel Cabrera delivered a game-winning hit to keep the Tigers one game ahead of Kansas City. Still, the Royals are stalking. Manager Ned Yost knows his club almost has a wild-card berth locked up. However, hes got his sights on a bigger prize. "Im not really interested in the wild card right now," Yost said. "That (magic) number doesnt mean much to me. The wild card has always been Plan B. Were in good shape right now. Our focus is on winning this division." The hard-throwing Ventura (14-10) allowed four singles and threw a 100 mph fastball on his 104th pitch. Salvador Perezs two-out, two-run double off Danny Salazar (6-8) put the Royals ahead 5-0 in the fifth and they turned their attention to the left-field scoreboard to monitor the Tigers score. Kansas City remained one game out of first with five games left. Its been 29 years since the Royals were in the post-season, and that run in 1985 ended with their only World Series title. At 86-71, Kansas City matched its win total from last season. Its the first time the Royals have had consecutive seasons with at least 86 victories since 1977-78. The playoffs are within reach, but the Royals arent banking on anything just yet. "Weve got to stick to the plan," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We keep saying it over and over again, but its what you have to do as a team. We went out and took care of our business." The Indians faint playoff hopes grew dimmer. Cleveland trails Kansas City by 4 1/2 games in the wild-card chase with four games remaining. Clevelands offence went into a funk at the worst time possible. The Indians scored an unearned run in the eighth, ending a string of 19 straight scoreless innings. Ventura made his major league debut against the Indians last September, a performance Indians manager Terry Francona called "electric." "Were not hoping for electric tonight," Francona said beforehand. Ventura didnt have to be. The Indians are currently powerless. With a chance to stay in the race in the seasons final week, Cleveland is collapsing. "We didnt win, which we set out to do," Francona said. "The only thing we can do now is play tomorrow and try to win that game." Omar Infantes two-run double in the fourth gave the Royals a 2-0 lead, and with the Indians offence sputtering, Ventura had more than enough cushion to notch his fifth win in six starts and improve to 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five career starts against the Indians. Hes 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA in his last eight starts in the division. "Hes a special guy," Yost said. "He has all the makings of being a high-level, upper-tier pitcher in the American League." In the fifth, Salazar, who struck out the side in the first two innings, got two quick outs before Hosmer doubled and scored on Billy Butlers double. Alex Gordon was walked intentionally and Perez drove in two with his shot to left-centre, the ball just clearing lunging left fielder Michael Brantleys glove. Salazar was dominant in the early going, getting six strikeouts in the first two innings with each whiff coming on a wicked change-up that badly fooled the Royals hitters. 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