CLEVELAND — Eric Hosmer’s homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who have lost eight straight at home — their longest home losing streak in 40 years.
Hosmer hit a 3-2 pitch from Trevor Bauer (8-8) over the wall in right for his 11th homer. The shot came one pitch after Indians catcher Roberto Perez threw out Lorenzo Cain trying to steal second. When his homer cleared the wall, Hosmer pointed toward Kansas City’s dugout, which was celebrating wildly.
Wade Davis (7-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Greg Holland worked the ninth — getting a nifty groundout, and a game-ending double play — for his 22nd save as the Royals won their fourth straight and 16th in 21 games.
Bauer probably deserved a better fate. He held the AL’s top team to one run for 8 2-3 innings before Hosmer, batting .413 with five homers and 19 RBIs against Cleveland this season, connected on a 75 mph curveball.
Bauer allowed just five hits in his first career complete game.
Perez opened Cleveland’s ninth with a grounder toward center that appeared to be a single. However, second baseman Omar Infante ran it down on the grass and flipped the ball with his glove to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who grabbed it barehanded and threw out Perez.
Indians trade Murphy to Angels
The Indians traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.
Murphy is batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the Indians.
The Angels addressed their most glaring lineup weakness in left field by adding their third experienced outfielder in two days. They acquired Shane Victorino from Boston on Monday, and they added David DeJesus from Tampa Bay earlier Tuesday before picking up Murphy, a longtime AL West foe during his time with Texas.
Murphy has played for Boston and Texas during his 10-year major league career, appearing in two World Series and 27 playoff games with the Rangers.
The 33-year-old Murphy was originally in Cleveland’s lineup Tuesday night, batting fourth as the designated hitter against Kansas City. He was scratched about an hour before the first pitch.
He left Texas to sign as a free agent with the Indians in 2013, and he is making $6 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2016. He batted .262 with eight homers and 58 RBIs last season.
Stamets, 23, has spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A Arkansas. He is a standout fielder, but is batting .248 with three homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games.