First base coach Tom Wiedenbauer #20 Batting coach Bruce Fields #40 and manager Sandy Alomar, Jr. #15 celebrate with Jason Donald #16 of the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe defeated the Royals 15-3 on Sept. 30. (Photo by Jason …
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CLEVELAND - Asdrubal Cabrera capped a 10-run fifth inning with a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 15-3 Sunday.
Zach McAllister (6-8) pitched five-hit ball over 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs as Cleveland improved to 2-1 with interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.
Royals starter Luke Hochevar (8-16) was tagged for nine runs over 4 2-3 innings.
The Indians tied a season high in runs and hits, 19. It was their ninth double-digit hit total in 10 games. They've won six of them, including a 15-4 victory in Kansas City a week ago.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left in the sixth with left groin tightness as Kansas City lost for the seventh time in eight games.
McAllister won for the first time in nine starts since beating Boston on Aug. 11. The rookie was 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his first eight starts after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. He has been part of Cleveland's second-half struggles, but has yielded three runs or fewer in 16 of 22 starts overall.
The Indians are 5-2 after a disastrous 12-41 stretch that dropped them from contention into last place in the AL Central and cost manager Manny Acta his job. General manager Chris Antonetti will interview Alomar and former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona soon for the fulltime position and expects a few other candidates to the search.
The 10-run inning was Cleveland's first since doing it in Kansas City in a 19-1 win on May 16, 2011. The Indians had not scored 10 in an inning at home since an 11-run first inning against the Royals on Aug. 13, 2006.
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