CLEVELAND — Jeremy Guthrie got a major assist from his defense in pitching six innings, Alcides Escobar hit a rare home run and the Royals snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland, 6-3 Tuesday night to close on the Indians and two others in the AL wild-card race.
Guthrie allowed nine hits but was helped by three double plays.
With the win and the Rays' loss, Kansas City pulled within three games of a wild-card spot. The Royals also got a game tighter to Cleveland, which dropped to 6-3 in September.
Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the sixth off Zach McAllister as the Royals won for the 12th time in 17 games. Kansas City had lost seven in a row before this stretch and was on the verge of falling from the race.
But the Royals are still hanging around in the playoff chase and could still have a say in the AL Central with three games this week at the first-place Tigers.
Guthrie didn't allow a walk and let his defense get him out of trouble. Kansas City's infield turned double plays in the third, fourth and sixth innings.