Royals begin final road trip with loss to Indians

Cleveland Indians' Brandon Guyer, second from left, celebrates with Abraham Almonte, left, and Tyler Naquin after hitting a game-winning double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Cleveland. The Indians won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Indians' Brandon Guyer, second from left, celebrates with Abraham Almonte, left, and Tyler Naquin after hitting a game-winning double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Cleveland. The Indians won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer singled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Guyer’s hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch-hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland led Detroit by seven games in the division entering Tuesday.

Brian Flynn (1-2) walked Jose Ramirez to start the ninth, and then fumbled a bunt by Crisp, batting for Lonnie Chisenhall, down the first-base line for an error. A few batters later, Guyer delivered the winner.

Andrew Miller (9-1) struck out three during 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Royals, the reigning World Series champions, can be eliminated from contention in the division if they lose to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

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