Melendez homers, McArthur stars as Royals hold off Guardians

MJ Melendez homered and drove in three runs, James McArthur struck out three straight batters to end an eighth-inning threat, and the Royals held on to beat the Guardians 7-6 on Tuesday night. 



September 20, 2023 - 3:28 PM

Kansas City Royals pitcher Collin Snider (40) and catcher Logan Porter celebrate after the final out in a 7-6 win against the Cleveland Guardians at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals reliever James McArthur earned his first big league win and first career save in a span of three days this week.

He didn’t get his first anything Tuesday night even though it may have been his best performance yet.

Inheriting a two-on, no-out mess in the eighth inning of a one-run game against Cleveland, the big right-hander proceeded to strike out the next three batters he faced, allowing Kansas City to eventually close out a 7-6 win over the Guardians.

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