Alex Gordon goes 4 for 4, but Royals fall to Indians

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Former Husker Alex Gordon nearly hit for the cycle, but the rest of Royals could not find enough offense, asFausto Carmona won his seventh consecutive decision by leading the Cleveland Indians over the visiting Kansas City Royals 8 to 3.

Franklin Gutierrez, Jason Michaels and Casey Blake backed his effort with home runs.

Gordon doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and led off the seventh with a triple before scoring on a John Buck single. He needed a home run in the ninth to become the first Royal to hit for the cycle since George Brett in 1990. Unable to get the homer, he singled to cap a 4-4 day at the plate. He was one of the few Royals to get to Carmona.

The Indians pitcher, now 7-1, allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings. He now has a 2.77 ERA in nine starts since April 13th, when he got beat by the Chicago Cubs in his first appearance of the season.

Rafael Betancourt pitched a perfect eighth, lowering his ERA to 1.48, and Tom Mastny gave up a two-run single to Joey Gathright in the ninth.

Royals starter Odalis Perez gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and drops to 3-6 on the year.

The American League Central-leading Indians are 21 and 7 at home this year.

courtesy: Associated Press