Red, white and blues: Royals fall to Indians in July 4 matchup

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July 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Tim Hill throws in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals lost 3-2 to the Indians on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals rookie Trevor Oaks, recalled from Class AAA Omaha to make a spot start in place of the injured Ian Kennedy, allowed three runs on a pair of sacrifice flies and a Michael Brantley double. Oaks struggled to locate his sinker early and issued four walks in four innings.

The Royals tried on multiple occasions to bail Oaks out. They executed a two-out double steal that allowed Alex Gordon to steal home in the second inning and score the Royals’ first run of the game. They hadn’t successfully stolen home since Alex Rios did it nearly three years ago on July 20, 2015.

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