KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals scored all their runs by tying a franchise record with four sacrifice flies, and Yordano Ventura dominated the Indians over seven stingy innings in a 4-1 victory Wednesday.
"It's finding a way to win a ballgame that's important," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost, whose team has won four straight. "Good teams find ways to score those runs, and we did it four times today."
The Royals became the second team to score four runs all on sacrifice flies since it became an official stat in 1954. The Expos did it against the Cubs on May 28, 1980, according to STATS, in an 8-4, 14-inning loss.
"See?" Yost said. "We made history."
Ventura won back-to-back starts for the first time.
The Royals moved over .500 for the first time since May 18. They also jumped over Cleveland into second place in the AL Central as they embark on a trip that begins with the White Sox and concludes with the division-leading Detroit.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer was asked what bothered him most about the game.
The way Kansas City chipped away at him? The way the Cleveland hitters performed?
"That we lost," Bauer replied.
Care to elaborate?
"That we lost 4-1," he said. "Next question."