Red-hot Kansas City Royals have won 5 of 6. Here's how they beat Cleveland on Monday.

Jaylon Thompson, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals were on the verge of another loss. The Royals trailed by two runs and hadn’t quite figured out the Guardians’ pitching staff.

Things changed in the eighth inning.

The Royals scored four runs and prevailed with a 6-4 victory over the Guardians. Royals outfielder Drew Waters, who provided the lone RBI in KC’s loss on Sunday, hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the frame.

KC improved to 49-102 and won its fourth game against the Guardians this season. Notably, KC has won five of six as it attempts to avoid setting a new club record for losses in a season.

The Royals took advantage of a leaky Guardians bullpen. They scored all four late runs against Guardians reliever Trevor Stephan. He was charged with Waters’ double and also issued a bases-loaded walk to Royals second baseman Michael Massey.

Stephan fell to 6-7. The Royals turned to reliever James McArthur to pitch the ninth inning, and he picked up his first MLB save.


The Guardians scored early against Royals starter Brady Singer. He allowed four runs but picked up a no decision.

KC will look to win the series on Tuesday night.

Here are more notables from Monday’s game:

Brady Singer allows four runs in start


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