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      The Royals break a six game losing streak in Cleveland

      Jeremy Guthrie got a major assist from his defense in pitching six innings,

      Alcides Escobar hit a rare home run and the Kansas City Royals snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland, 6-3 on Tuesday night to close on the Indians and two others in the AL's cramped wild-card scramble.

      Guthrie (14-10) allowed just one run and nine hits, but was helped by three double plays.

      With the win and Tampa Bay's loss, Kansas City pulled within three games of a wild-card spot.

      The Royals also got a game tighter to the Indians, who dropped to 6-3 in September.