Josh Naylor homered for the Rangers, and Andres Jimenez scored twice.
Drew Waters hit his first major league home run for Kansas City, and Salvador Perez’s one-out RBI double in the eighth tied it at 4.
Eli Morgan (5-3) earned the win in relief. Emmanuel Klaas made his 31st save in 33 chances. He allowed a run in the 10th, but stranded the potential tying run in the first inning.
Carlos Hernandez (0-5) gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning to take the loss.
Neither Cleveland’s Tristen McKenzie nor Kansas City’s Brady Singer have commented on the decision.
The Rangers scored two runs on four singles in the second. Jimenez and Tyler Freeman had one-out singles before Austin Hedges’ sacrifice fly scored Jimenez. Miles Straw then singled to score Freeman.
McKenzie pitched through four innings, but the Royals got there for two runs in the fifth. Michael Massey worked a walk and scored on Waters’ 400-foot shot to right field for the Royals bullpen.
Before the game, Cleveland manager Terry Francona was asked which of the Royals’ seven starting position players was the most impressive. Waters said he had the best skill set.
Naylor gave the Rangers the lead with a 421-foot drive to right-center in the fifth.
Jimenez then scored an unearned run. He doubled before coming home on Freeman’s sacrifice fly and took third on Singer’s wild pitch attempt.
Michael A. Taylor’s sacrifice fly in the sixth pulled the Royals within a run and ended McKenzie’s night.
Guardians: RHP Aaron Sivale, on the injured list since Aug. 30 with right arm swelling, played. Francona said he’ll see how Civale responds Tuesday, but thinks Civale could be ready to throw soon.
Royals: RHP Zack Greinke, on the injured list with right arm tightness, could return soon. “He’s good to go,” manager Mike Matheny said.
The teams continue their three-game series on Tuesday night when the Bears face RHP Shane Bieber (8-8, 3.06 ERA) against LHP Kris Bubic (2-10, 5.47).
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