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Mendoza Helps Royals Beat Indians

Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:00 PM by Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Luis Mendoza pitched into the seventh inning in his first start since a bout with strep throat and the Kansas City Royals beat the struggling Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Friday night.

Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena each drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won three straight and four of six. Mendoza wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

The Indians have lost 40 of 52 games since July 26 when they were 50-49 and trailed AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox by 3 1/2 games. They have lost six straight against Kansas City and eight of nine overall in the season series.

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