KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)
— Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn't do it. Neither did
Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other
opposing slugger who played at Kansas City.
Carlos Santana hit
five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for
two more shots Sunday and leading the Cleveland Indians over the Royals
Santana tied a team record for homers in a series, finishing
off this four-game set with a pair of two-run shots. He has homered in
three straight games, and has hit six home runs in six games.
know I'm hot, but I'm taking the same approach," Santana said. "This can
happen in this game when a player gets focused. It's a help to the
Santana and the Indians ended a four-game losing skid and stopped the Royals' five-game winning streak.
went 3 for 3 and reached base in all five plate appearances, including
drawing his major league-leading 72nd walk. The switch-hitter homered in
a four-run fifth inning and hit another drive in the ninth for his
fifth career multihomer game and his second of the series.
pretty impressive to watch," teammate Mike Aviles said. "Everybody
knows how big he can be. He was able to drive some balls out of the park
consistently from both sides."
"Watching him all season, he has
an unbelievable eye. I know his average isn't where he wants it to be,
but he got off to a slow start. But even through his struggles early in
the year, he was able to find ways to get on base. You knew with a guy
like him it was only a matter of time before he got back on pace."
In his past six games, Santana is 14 for 23, including three doubles and 10 RBIs.
hot as a firecracker," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's hitting home
runs right-handed. He's hitting home runs left-handed."
Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes also homered for the Indians, who had lost six straight at Kauffman Stadium.
Danny Salazar (3-4) gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out seven.
Bruce Chen (2-3) allowed up six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
Nick Swisher hit an RBI single in the Indians seventh to end an 0-for-21 streak.
Butler had three hits for the Royals, including an RBI double. He had
homered in his previous two games, but Santana equaled Butler's season
home run total in the series.
"Santana has got a lot of pop,"
Butler said. "He's in one of those zones. A lot of guys get hot, but
don't hit four homers in a series. Five, sorry, I missed one. It just
shows you how impressive it is. He's very talented, a very strong guy."
is the first player to hit five home runs in a series since Hunter
Pence for San Francisco against the Dodgers last September.
tied an Indians record for most home runs in a series. The others were
Hal Trosky (1934), Joe Carter (1989), Albert Belle (1995), Matt Williams
(1997) and Travis Hafner (2004). Hafner did it in two-game series
against the Angels.
NOTES: After missing five games with back
problems, SS Asdrubal Cabrera started for the Indians. 3B Lonnie
Chisenhall was held out the second straight game with a stomach virus.
... Royals RHP Wade Davis has not allowed an extra-base hit this season
in 44 2-3 innings. ... The Indians will activate RHP Justin Masterson on
Friday and start him against Texas. Masterson, a 14-game winner last
year, is on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. ... Chen
picked Aviles off first to end the third inning. It was Chen's 45th
career pickoff, which ranks fourth among active pitchers. ... Three of
Raburn's seven hits against Chen are home runs.