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Kazmir comes up short in Indians' loss to Royals

Sunday - 4/28/2013, 12:00am  ET

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana, left, talks with starting pitcher Scott Kazmir during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Scott Kazmir pitched much better than he did in his first start of the season and still ended up with a loss.

Ervin Santana pitched seven scoreless innings, Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat Kazmir and 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.

Greg Holland, who logged his sixth save in seven opportunities, gave up two unearned runs in the ninth when Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall scored on Michael Brantley's two-out triple. Reynolds hit an infield single and Chisenhall
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