CLEVELAND - One win at a time, the Royals are scrapping their way toward the top in the AL Central. Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning as Kansas City rallied for a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Johnson, inserted after Billy Butler opened the ninth with a double, sprinted home and slid in safely after Albers pitch got under catcher Carlos Santana and went all the way to the backstop. With their 11th win in 13 games, the Royals, who were last in the division on June 5, moved past Cleveland into second place. "Were grinding out wins now, so Ill take it," said starter James Shields, who went six innings but got another hard-luck no-decision. "Were real resilient as a team. Even when things got rough, we never gave up. We believe in ourselves." Before going on this surge, the Royals lost 15 of 18 and at 23-32 manager Ned Yosts future was very much in doubt. But the Royals are rising quickly. "A win is a win," Butler said. "Weve been playing good baseball and were enjoying it. Were more confident now than we were when we started 17-10." Royals reliever Aaron Crow (3-2) struck out two after putting the potential go-ahead run at third in the eighth, and Greg Holland stranded the tying run at third in the ninth for his 15th save in 17 tries. Bryan Shaw (0-1) couldnt protect a 1-0 lead for Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, charged with just one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. Santana homered in the sixth off Shields, who remained winless since April 30 and has pitched much better than his 2-6 record. "He never gives in," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He can throw any pitch in any count for a strike." The Indians were unable to get the big hit all night. Twice they loaded the bases against Shields, who both times struck out Jason Kipnis to end the threats. In the ninth, Cleveland got the tying run to third when Michael Bourn doubled and advanced on a wild pitch. But Holland struck out Mike Aviles and retired Kipnis on an easy grounder to second. The Royals scored one run in the eighth and ninth to eke out the win. "Its a W, man," Yost said. "Its important to get to .500, but now, its more important to move past that." With the score tied 1-all, Butler opened Kansas Citys ninth with a double off Shaw, who walked Lorenzo Cain and was pulled by Francona for left-hander Rich Hill. David Lough dropped a bunt toward third that Hill fielded before losing his balance and falling in the infield grass. Albers got ahead of pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada before uncorking a pitch that skipped to the padded backstop. It bounced back quickly to Santana, who flipped the ball to Albers covering the plate, but Johnson slid in just ahead of the tag. "I tried to block it," Santana said. "I think I was a little late putting the glove down." Blanked for nearly eight innings by Carrasco, the Royals tied it in the eighth on Eric Hosmers bloop RBI double. Chris Getz, twice robbed of hits earlier by left fielder Michael Brantley, singled and Alcides Escobar sacrificed. Francona came out and replaced Carrasco, who was making his first start since serving a seven-game suspension and remains in search of his first win since June 29, 2011. Rather than bring in struggling lefties Hill or Nick Hagadone to face left-handed hitters, Francona went with Shaw, who retired Alex Gordon on a weak popup before Hosmer dropped his hit over shortstop Aviles head and in front of Bourn in centre to tie it at 1. It didnt figure to be a pitchers duel with both starters coming in with blemished resumes. Shields hasnt won since April 30, and Carrasco has dropped his last seven decisions and was twice suspended since his last victory. Santana broke up the scoreless matchup by leading off the sixth with his 10th homer, a shot into the stands in right. The homer came on Shields first pitch of the inning and 101st of the night. Although he has given up more than three runs just once in 13 starts, Shields cant catch a break. The Royals are averaging 2.2 runs in his outings. Carrasco was pitching for the first time since serving a suspension for throwing at New Yorks Kevin Youkilis on April 9. In his previous outing, the right-hander was rocked for six runs and 10 hits in four innings by the Detroit Tigers, who didnt have to worry about Carrasco throwing inside because he rarely tried. However, Carrasco challenged the Royals on the inner half of the plate and retired the first 13 in order before Cain singled sharply to right. "That was what were hoping for," Francona said. NOTES: Shields has pitched at least six innings in 29 straight starts. ... There are 21 fathers of Royals players travelling with the team and they were all in the clubhouse following the game. ... The Royals entered the series with the ALs lowest ERA at 3.39. Kansas Citys bullpen came in with the best ERA (2.67) in the majors. ... 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ANN ARBOR, Mich --- Michigans quarterbacks have no idea who will be running the offense a week from Saturday when they play Hawaii. Whoever it is, though, will likely be the guy under center for the long term.Redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight -- one of two front-runners for the job, along with former Houston transfer John OKorn -- said Friday afternoon that he doesnt believe the Wolverines have any interest in using a two-quarterback system or changing their starter on a week-to-week basis.I dont think thats a thing, Speight said. That kind of backfired on Ohio State last year, you saw with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. I think Coach [Jim Harbaugh], having played the position, wouldnt like that type of situation. Im pretty sure who comes out on top at the end of camp, thats for a reason.Speight clarified that he wasnt trying to take a jab at the rival Buckeyes, just using them as an example for the perils of an offense without an established quarterback running the show.Any quarterback across the country, it doesnt matter what offense youre in, its tough to play well, he said. For Cardale to be looking over his shoulder all last year, its tough. Im not just saying that because its Ohio State.Michigans coaches have said during the past month that this years competition is significantly more competitive and further along than last year, when fifth-year transfer Jake Rudock eventually won the job. Offensive coordinnator Tim Drevno has consistently said they would prefer to stick with a wire-to-wire quarterback, if possible, once the games begin.ddddddddddddSpeight and OKorn have remained knotted in a battle for the starting position since last spring. 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