07/21 15:11 CDT Lindor, Ramrez homer as Indians beat Royals 5-4
Lindor, Ramrez homer as Indians beat Royals 5-4
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Francisco Lindor homered after originally being scheduled to
get the day off, Jos Ramrez hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth and the
Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Sunday.
Lindor talked his way into the lineup at designated hitter after manager Terry
Francona planned on resting the All-Star shortstop. His two-run homer in the
third tied the game at 2-all.
Ramrez's leadoff homer put Cleveland ahead in the sixth and the Indians went
on to their seventh win in eight games. Cleveland has also won 13 of 16.
Rookie Zach Plesac (4-3) allowed two runs in six innings. The right-hander gave
up a run in the first and allowed Jorge Soler's solo homer in the third.
Brad Hand allowed Bubba Starling's first major league home run in the ninth,
but struck out the next three hitters for his 27th save in 28 opportunities.
Glenn Sparkman (4-5) allowed both homers and gave up five runs --- four earned
--- in 5 2/3 innings.
Soler hit his 27 home run in the third and took a homer away from Jason Kipnis
the following inning. Soler leaped at the wall in right field to catch Kipnis'
Sparkman threw his hands in the air as he looked toward right field. Soler
tipped his cap to the pitcher.
Cheslor Cuthbert's RBI double put Kansas City ahead in the first. Plesac
retired the first two hitters, but walked Hunter Dozier and Soler. Cuthbert
double over third base, scoring Dozier.
Soler's homer made it 2-0 before Kevin Plawecki reached on shortstop Humberto
Arteaga's throwing error. Lindor golfed a low pitch to right for his 16th home
Ramrez, who has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, homered to right on an
0-2 pitch, his 10th of the season.
Plawecki and rookie Oscar Mercado also had RBIs for the Indians.
Kansas City is 7-3 since the All-Star break and snapped Cleveland's six-game
winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken arm) threw 30 pitches off the mound, his
second bullpen since being struck by a line drive May 1. He'll accompany the
team on its road trip to Toronto and throw his next bullpen session Wednesday.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (4-5, 4.52 ERA) on Tuesday in Atlanta will look to
build off a positive last outing. He threw six innings in which he allowed just
two earned runs while walking none.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.57 ERA) will pitch the opener of a
four-game series in Toronto on Monday. He's struck out 27 batters in 17 innings
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