Royals' Yost, Hosmer ejected in first inning against Indians


Fact du jour: As a team, Cleveland has homered in 12 consecutive games dating back to May 14, the team's longest streak since a simi- lar 12-game stretch between July 10 - July 26, 2008.

In the first inning of the Royals' 5-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday, Yost was booted after arguing with the umpires when Eric Hosmer struck out on a checked swing with the bases loaded (Hosmer earned his second career ejection on the play, too).

Austin Jackson had two hits and three RBIs as the Indians erupted for 10 runs and 18 hits after scoring just nine runs in their previous three games, all losses.

"We know we can be playing better", Kipnis said.

"Games like this only reassure us this is the kind of product we can roll out there when everyone's going well".

While Kansas City is feeling good again, Cleveland manager Terry Francona admitted his team is frustrated. "So it's frustrating when it doesn't show up every day". "They have done a great job", Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He works the corners and changes speeds well".

Salvador Perez put Kansas City ahead with a sacrifice fly in the first, but Lindor's one-out home run tied the game in the bottom half.

Brantley's single hit near the top of the wall in right field, drove in Robertson and moved Lindor over to third base. He has lost three straight starts, including a 3-0 decision to the Yankees on May 24. With one out, Jose Ramirez singled and scored on a double by Jackson.

Not only did his two-run double in the eighth inning give the Royals a 6-4 victory, the clutch hit came off relief ace Andrew Miller. But it was all Indians thereafter. "And when frustration gets in the way of how you perform, that's not good. He was crisp. He didn't walk anybody", Francona added.

"I love our 'pen", Francona said.

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However, on the other side, Jordan Zimmermann would surrender seven White Sox runs, including three home runs off the bats of Melky Cabrera, Matt Davidson and Todd Frazier.

In the fifth inning, Brantley led off with an infield single, then stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Former Indians outfielder Brandon Moss followed with a three-run home run to right field, which turned the tide in the game.

"Danny was grinding, but they had some soft hits, some hits off the end of the bat". The lineup, for one day, was just fine without him.

Kipnis, who reached in each of his five plate appearances, hit an RBI single in the third and a solo homer in the seventh.

Look for Cleveland to carry the momentum from Sunday's perfomance into the new week as they play host to the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

"We're not going to panic or force things", Kipnis said. We're very capable of putting together like a 25-5 month, or something like that. It's coming down to where if the offense and pitching gets rolling together, yeah, we like our chances.

It has been a rough week for the Cleveland Indians' bullpen.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar will pitch on five days' rest as a result of Thursday's rainout.

Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 including his 13th home run.

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