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Royals beat Indians 7-1 to open critical three-game series

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Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals beats a tag by Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall during the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields kept the Indians off balance for six innings, Salvador Perez led a scrappy Kansas City offense and the Royals  pounded Cleveland 7-1 on Monday night to open a three-game set with significant playoff implications.
Shields struck out a season-high 10 for the Royals (79-71), who moved within 2½ games of the AL’s second wild-card berth. The Indians (81-69) remained a half-game back of Texas, which lost to Tampa Bay earlier in the night in a matchup of teams leading the wild-card race.
Shields (12-9) allowed only Lonnie Chisenhall’s solo homer before turning the ...

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