KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Kris Medlen lost the rematch.
Medlen beat Cleveland Indians earlier this month, throwing 6 1-3 scoreless innings. The Indians peppered him in the rematch Saturday night, knocking the Kansas City Royals right-hander out in the fourth inning in a 9-5 victory.
"Just a frustrating night," Medlen said. "I have no answers for how I did. I just felt overall terrible within my mechanics and was kind of just battling myself, adjusting too much one time and not adjusting enough. But I didn't give us a chance to win.
"Just a frustrating, frustrating outing, especially given the fact that we scored some runs tonight and all that, so just frustrating."
Medlen (5-2) was pulled after 3 2-3 innings, yielding six runs on nine hits, including six for extra bases, a walk and a wild pitch.
"I just could not get comfortable on the mound," Medlen said. "It was a big contrast from how I felt leaving the pen. I felt great leaving the pen, and just once I got out there the game speed and whatever else, I don't know.
"When you're letting go of pitches and thinking you're letting go of some good ones and they're up and they're flat, the hitters tell you a lot about how your stuff is that night. Up and flat is how it felt tonight."
The Royals, who wrapped up the AL Central title with a victory Thursday, fell to 9-15 in September.
They no longer control their own destiny for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. With the loss and the Toronto's victory over Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays and Royals share the AL's best record at 89-65. However, Toronto holds the tiebreaker by beating Kansas City in the season series.
"We'll find out," manager Ned Yost said when asked how his team will respond with eight games remaining, seven on the road. "We'll see. I've got a lot of confidence in this group. But again, we just worry about ourselves. We've got to go out and win baseball games. That'll take care of everything."
Indians relievers Zach McAllister (4-4), Jeff Manship, Kyle Crockett and Bryan Shaw held the Royals hitless over the final 5 1-3 innings.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin also failed to make it through four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.
Ben Zobrist homered for the Royals, while Salvador Perez contributed a two-run double.
Royals left-handed reliever Franklin Morales gave up hits to the only two batters he faced and both scored in the sixth. Morales has retired only one of the past seven batters he has faced.
Indians: RF Lonnie Chisenhall suffered hamstring cramps beating out an infield single in the third and was removed. . OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder injury) missed his fourth straight game. . 3B Giovanny Urshela (right shoulder injury) will be re-examined Monday in Cleveland.
Royals: DH Kendrys Morales was hit by a pitch above his right ankle in the eighth inning and after being checked out by a trainer, Paulo Orlando ran for him. Yost said it was a bruise and listed Morales as day-to-day.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar will be making his fourth start this season against the Royals. He is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA in the first three.
Royals: RHP Chris Young will make his 17th start, but his first since July 28.