Kansas City rookie Brady Singer allowed just one hit – a two-out single through an infield shift in the eighth inning – and flirted with baseball history while leading the Royals to an 11-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Making just his ninth career start, the 24-year-old right-hander was four outs from becoming the 24th rookie to throw a no-hitter when Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges bounced a single through a wide-open right side.
Singer (2-4) threw 119 pitches, the second-highest total in the majors this season behind the 122 by St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright on Aug. 30, his 39th birthday,
Kansas City’s Maikel Franco and Adalberto Mondesi each hit three-run homers and Edward Olivares added a solo shot off Aaron Civale (3-5). Franco also had a two-run single and drove in five runs.
The Royals have won three straight since stopping a seven-game losing streak.
The Royals return home Friday and begin a three-game series against Pittsburgh, with Kris Bubic (0-5, 4.89 ERA) scheduled to start against the Pirates’ Steve Brault (0-2, 4.37). Game time is 7:05 p.m. at The K.