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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ervin Santana is pitching like he did in 2010, when he won 17 games for Anaheim. Santana threw seven scoreless innings, Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Saturday night. Santana (3-1), who was acquired in an Oct. 31 trade with Anaheim for minor-league pitcher Brandon Sisk, allowed six singles, struck out five and walked none. The Angels sought to trade Santana and his 2013 $13 million contract, which the Royals are paying $12 million, after he went 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA last year and yielded a major league high 39 home runs. In his past two starts, he has yielded two runs on 13 hits, walked none and struck out 12. "Hes been pretty electric," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. Greg Holland, who logged his sixth save in seven opportunities, gave up two unearned runs in the ninth on a Michael Brantley two-out triple, which scored Mark Reynolds, who had an infield single, and Lonnie Chisenhall, who reached on Hosmers error. Holland struck out Jason Kipnis to end the game. "I was holding my breath at the end because Santana deserved that win," Hosmer said. "It was a great job by Holland picking me up there. Thats what good teams do, pick guys up. That was big for us and a big win for the team. "Thats a mental mistake by me. I wanted to take a step back and throw to second. In that situation, up three, youre playing for outs with Holland on the mound. I learned from it. In that situation, you want to play for an out, step on first and then maybe try to throw to second. Luckily, it worked out for the better." The Indians have scored three runs or less in eight of their past 10 games and 13 times this season, going 3-10 in those games. Scott Kazmir (0-1), who was making his second big league start in two years, was charged the loss. He gave up two runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking two. In his previous start, the Indians scored 19 runs and were ahead 14-0 going into the bottom of the second at Houston, but Kazmir failed to get out of the fourth inning, giving up six runs on eight hits, including two homers. Kazmir, a two-time American League All-Star selection while with Tampa Bay, pitched last season with the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League and signed a minor league contact with the Indians in January. He won a slot in the Cleveland rotation after a strong spring training. Perez homered just inside the right-field foul pole in the second inning on an 0-1 pitch from Kazmir after he walked Jeff Francoeur. The Indians had five base runners in the second and third innings, but failed to score. Drew Stubbs, Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the third, loading the bases with one out. Nick Swisher grounded into a double play to end the inning. "That was big right there especially when I have that kind of stuff to keep the ball down," Santana said. "I threw the sinker down and away and got the ground ball double play." Swisher led off the second with a single and Carlos Santana reached on a Miguel Tejada error. Ervin Santana struck out Reynolds and Chisenhall to end the threat. "Santana was throwing the ball for strikes," Reynolds said. "We had pitches to hit; we just didnt do it. We were kind of rolling over on the pitches, maybe trying to do too much instead of just taking the base hits. He mixed it up really well. Every time I was sitting heater, he threw me a slider and vice versa. I dont think anybody is really pressing. We had opportunities but we just didnt do it." The Indians used five relief pitchers in the seventh when the Royals added a run. Alex Gordons two-out single was the only hit. The inning included Bryan Shaw walking the only two batters he faced and Rich Hill walking Hosmer, the only batter he faced, with the bases loaded to score Gordon. Herrera replaced Santana and promptly gave up a leadoff double to Michael Brantley to lead off the eighth. Brantley went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded. "When you dont have a ton of opportunities, not getting those runs in is big," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We got a runner at third and nobody out and didnt score." Notes: The Royals will call up LHP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday as the 26th man for the day-night doubleheader with the Indians and he will start the second game. Smith went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four Pacific Coast League starts. .RHP Corey Kluber will make his first start of the season in the nightcap for the Indians. He was rained out of his previous two starts. .RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who starts the opener, is 7-0 in his past 15 starts, dating to Aug. 8. LHP Paul Splittorff holds the Royals record with 16 consecutive undefeated starts in 1977-78. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/jl-51-tony-romo-jersey/ .M. -- The worlds No. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/fc-34-tony-dorsett-jersey/ . "He suffered a broken jaw," explained Shero to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. "Contrary to recent rumours there is no sign of any concussion symptoms or concussion at this time. http://www.cowboysjerseysale.com/rq-21-dan-bailey-jersey/. They recalled righty reliever Scott Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday to fill his roster spot. Lackey is 2-5 with an 8. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/mj-42-anthony-spencer-jersey/ . Gone are outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. Jayson Werth finds it hard to recognize his old team. www.cowboysjerseysale.com/ct-22-gavin-escobar-jersey/ . -- Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut is scheduled to miss at least the next three games as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle. (Sports Network) - The top-seeded Chicago Bulls aim for their 14th consecutive win at home tonight, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center. The Bulls have won 13 straight in the Windy City and havent tasted defeat at home since Jan. 18 versus Charlotte. They are 31-4 as the host and own a one- game lead over Boston for conference bragging rights. Chicago has won 10 of its last 11 games overall and handed the Atlanta Hawks a 114-81 setback in the Peach State on Tuesday. MVP candidate Derrick Rose scored 30 points and buried a career-best six three-pointers. Rose also handed out 10 assists and Luol Deng contributed 27 points for the Central Division champions. I thought we came out ready to play, we had good balance, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. Derrick was very aggressive, Luol was very aggressive, great leadership from those guys. Thibodeaus squad shot 54.4 percent for tthe game and had a 40-26 advantage on the boards.dddddddddddd Memphis is currently eighth in the Western Conference -- one game behind New Orleans and two games ahead of Houston. It has won three straight and four of five games, and is coming off Wednesdays 90-87 victory in Boston. Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, former Celtic Leon Powe scored 13 points off the bench and O.J. Mayo, Sam Young and Marc Gasol each netted 11 points for the Grizzlies. This was a team win, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. I just told the guys I said, Our bench actually won the game because they went and they were positive both times. The Grizzlies are 15-22 outside of FedEx Forum this season. Randolph needs 11 rebounds for 6,000 in his career. Chicago defeated Memphis, 96-84, on Jan. 17 in the Volunteer State. The Grizzlies have lost 12 of the 15 meetings in the Second City. ' ' '

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