Surging Royals keep reeling Indians in losing rut

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Butler homered for the second straight game and the Kansas City Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat Cleveland 7-5 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

A day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning beat Cleveland, Butler connected for a tiebreaking shot in the fifth. It was 5-all when he tagged Nick Hagadone for a drive over the Royals' bullpen in left field.

Carlos Santana hit his third homer in two games for Cleveland, which has lost six of seven.

Jeremy Guthrie (6-9) won despite giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in 52⁄3 innings. Greg Holland, the fourth Kansas City reliever, got his 27th save in 29 chances.

Zach McAllister (3-6) couldn't hold a 5-0 lead. He gave up a single to Salvador Perez to start the fifth and was replaced by Hagadone.

Guthrie had lost his previous three starts. He has an 8.44 ERA in three starts this season against the Indians.

The Indians scored five times in the second. Santana led off with a home run and Jason Kipnis broke an 0-for-11 rut with a two-run double.

Santana is 12-for-25 with six RBI in his last six games.

McAllister, just brought up from Triple-A Columbus after going 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA, faced 22 batters and 10 reached base. After starting the season 3-0, he is 0-6 in nine starts.

Omar Infante had an RBI grounder in the third and the Royals tied it with four more in fourth. Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple with two outs and scored on a passed ball to tie it.

Butler, whose season long power outage had him out of the lineup on two of the previous three games, blasted his second two-run homer in two days.

Like Friday, this one broke a deadlock and provided the winning margin. Also like Friday, he crushed it.

The blast traveled 433 feet over the Royals bullpen in left field. Indians left fielder Chris Dickerson looked up and didn't make much of a move. There was no need.

INDIANS NOTEBOOK

• 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Indians' lineup because of an illness.

• Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera has not played since Monday because of back spasms.

• Aoki batted first for the Royals after hitting in the bottom third of the order for seven games since activated July 11 from the disabled list. He opened the season batting leadoff.

• The Indians optioned RHP Josh Tomlin, who was 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA, to Triple-A Columbus.

• Royals LHP Bruce Chen will make his seventh start Sunday and his third since coming off the disabled list June 24.

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