Royals clinch AL Central by beating Mariners 10-4

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to tie the score during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals clinched the AL Central for their first division title in 30 years, beating the Seattle Mariners 10-4 Thursday night.

Johnny Cueto picked up his first victory in nearly six weeks, and the win, coupled with the Minnesota Twins’ 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, ensured a title. The Royals have dominated the division, leading by as many as 14 games.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It’s the Royals first division title since 1985, when they won the AL West en route to their only World Series championship.

The Kauffman Stadium announced crowd of 32,244 cheered when the Twins’ final score was shown on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth.

Kansas City became the first team to wrap up a division title this year. St. Louis and Pittsburgh have secured playoff berths in the NL.

Cueto (3-6) was 0-5 in his previous six starts.

Logan Kensing (1-1) took the loss.

 

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Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain hits a two-run single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals’ Lorenzo Cain hits a two-run single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Ben Zobrist (18) slides home past Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre to score on a two-run single by Lorenzo Cain during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals’ Ben Zobrist (18) slides home past Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre to score on a two-run single by Lorenzo Cain during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Ben Zobrist slides past Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre as he score on a throwing error by Sucre during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals’ Ben Zobrist slides past Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre as he score on a throwing error by Sucre during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seattle Mariners' Mark Trumbo hits a two-run double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seattle Mariners’ Mark Trumbo hits a two-run double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 

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