Missed opportunites doom Tribe in loss

Paul Byrd finally delivered a quality start but couldn’t get enough offensive support as the Tribe lost to the Royals 4-3 Monday night. He gave up three unearned runs through seven innings but the Indians failed to capitalize on several opportunities with the bat. Royals reliever Mike Wood entered in the fourth and pitched over four scoreless innings. Grady Sizemore hit a late ninth inning home run but the Indians ultimately fell short in the first game of the series.

“We created opportunities for ourselves but we didn’t finish innings off,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

In the last three games the Indians have scored a total of six runs, two of which have resulted in losses. They have been hovering around the .500 mark for awhile now and have not been able to get any type of consistency whether it be pitching or hitting. We are facing the Royals and we must take advantage of that.

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