They had chances to score and didn't. And, they could have climbed in the AL's wild-card standings and didn't do that either.
On a sultry September night, the Indians wilted.
Unable to string hits together against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie, Cleveland lost 6-3 on Tuesday night to the Royals, who pulled one game closer to the Indians in the cramped wild-card scramble.
Zach McAllister (7-9), who threw his first pitch in 94-degree heat, didn't get out of the fifth inning as the Indians lost for the second time in three games, the type of mini-slump a team can't afford if it wants to play in October.
The Indians stayed within 1 1-2 games of Tampa Bay for a wild-card spot, but allowed both the Royals and New York Yankees to pick up a game on them in the six-team wild-card chase that seems to change on an hourly basis.
Guthrie (14-10) allowed just one run and nine hits, but was helped by three double plays as the Royals, coupled with Tampa Bay's loss to Boston, pulled within ...