Indians clip Royals as KC begins road trip

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with Jason Kipnis (22) in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with Jason Kipnis (22) in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Monday night when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.

Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Zach McAllister (3-0) gave up six hits and overcame three errors – one on his errant throw. Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen pitched a hitless inning each, and closer John Axford worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had two of the Royals’ six hits.

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