Shaffer, Hankins go deep as Tribe ties Royals

Shaffer, Hankins go deep as Tribe ties Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pinch-hitter Peter O'Brien drove a ninth-inning solo home run -- his Cactus League-leading sixth -- into the right-field bullpen to force extras with the Indians in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Saturday.

The Royals and Indians opened the game with six low-scoring innings. The Royals got a pair of runs with some small ball, while the Tribe went deep with a pair of solo shots from Richie Shaffer and Todd Hankins.

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Travis Wood looked sharp through five innings for the Royals. He gave up five hits, including the two solo homers that had him leaving with the game tied.

Hankins' home run in the 5th

"The changeup at first started off a little flat and short, and then we got the arm extended on that and threw some good ones toward the end," Wood said. "The other pitches I felt like were pretty crisp. I left a couple up and they did their job and hit it. They just happened to go out of the park."

Royals second-base candidate Whit Merrifield beat out a bunt single in the second, then stole second. Christian Colon, also competing for the starting job at second, laced a double down the left-field line to plate Merrifield and give Kansas City the early lead. Colon started a run-scoring rally in the fifth with a single to center and Alex Gordon capped it with an RBI double to right.

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Gordon's RBI double ties game

The Indians jumped back in the game in the fourth when Shaffer hit his fourth Cactus League homer, a drive to right-center. They took the lead briefly an inning later when Hankins drove his first spring round-tripper over the center-field fence.

"The adjustments he's been able to make at the plate have been very good," said Cleveland bench coach Brad Mills, who managed the split squad. "It's nice to see and hopefully he'll continue to show us something the rest of the spring."

Cleveland took the lead when Connor Marabell sparked a seventh-inning rally with a single to left and scored on an error by shortstop Humberto Arteaga. Yandy Diaz plated an insurance run in the seventh with a single to right.

Diaz's broken-bat RBI single

Indians starter Shawn Morimando pitched three innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out three and walking none. He was efficient on the mound, throwing 32 of his 44 pitches for strikes.

Morimando K's Gordon in the 1st

Chris Young, among those competing with Wood for the fifth-starter role with the Royals, pitched four innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. He threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes, and ended the ninth by starting a 1-6-3 double play on a comebacker.

Young starts the double play

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Indians Up Next: The Indians will return to Arizona in time to reconvene as a full squad and play host to the D-backs in Goodyear at 4:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Right-hander Josh Tomlin will take the mound to face Arizona, which will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin. Relievers Dan Otero and Boone Logan are also slated to pitch for Cleveland.

Royals Up Next: The Royals have a marquee matchup in Mesa against the Cubs in a battle of the past two World Series champions Sunday at 9:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV and an exclusive audio webcast. Kansas City righty Ian Kennedy climbs the hill for his fourth spring start. He pitched 3 1/3 innings his last time out, blanking the Angels on three hits while striking out five and walking no one while lowering his Cactus League ERA to 1.23.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.