Gordon, Royals end 10-game losing streak, beat Indians 8-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Gordon could smile about his base-running mistake because of an otherwise great game.

Gordon homered, doubled twice and singled as the Kansas City Royals stopped a 10-game losing streak, racing to a big lead and beating the Cleveland Indians 8-1 Friday night.

''Yeah, bad turns around the bases,'' Gordon said of getting thrown out at third while trying to stretch his second double into a triple. ''We practice that all spring training. You're supposed to hit it with the right foot and cut the corners. I think both bases I hit it with the left foot and almost fell down.''

Gordon said he was definitely thinking about a cycle.

''When I was going around first I kind of thought about it. I was like, `Let's try to get a triple here.' You're never supposed to get the third out at third, but I wanted to try for it.

''I knew I had a double and a homer. The hardest one to get, especially for me, is probably the triple. That was the perfect situation. They had a good relay, and I'm not that fast anymore.''

Gordon homered during a six-run first inning against Carlos Carrasco (1-2).

The 10-game losing streak was the longest for the Royals since last June 29-July 9, when they also lost 10 straight. Starting pitcher Brad Keller said it was on everyone's mind, though they were confident it would end soon.

''That was kind of the vibe in the clubhouse - when is it going to happen, especially after a tough loss yesterday (to Seattle in 10 innings). To go out there and (have) the offense put up six runs in the first, it was very comforting to go out there and pitch.''

The Royals hit for the cycle in the opening inning - Whit Merrifield led off with a single, Adalberto Mondesi followed with a triple and Gordon homered, with Chris Owings' two-out, two-run double finishing Carrasco.

''Right off the bat, (he) just didn't look like he was letting it go with conviction,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. ''Pitching out of the stretch after the first hitter, it just unraveled from there. That makes it really tough on the staff, because then you're looking at trying to go eight innings with your bullpen, which puts a real strain on everybody.''

Keller (2-1) gave up one run on three hits, striking out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 innings. He has pitched at least six innings in nine straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors.

Keller's 118 pitches were the most by a Royals starter since James Shields threw 124 on July 29, 2014.

''I felt good,'' Keller said about heading to the mound with 105 pitches in the seventh. ''I didn't feel like it bothered me much. My whole goal was to pump strikes, to prove to them I could go out there and pitch with 105 pitches.

''Besides the five walks, the 10 punches (strikeouts) were good. Maybe if I don't walk any guys, I get deeper in the ballgame. That was the one downfall from tonight.''

Tyler Naquin hit a 420-foot home run in the second, snapping a streak of 54 innings in which Keller hadn't allowed a homer. It had been the longest active string in majors.

The Royals added a run in the sixth on a double steal.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: SS Francisco Lindor is going to run the bases again Saturday, according to manager Terry Francona. Lindor has not played this season with a right calf strain and a left ankle sprain. ''If all goes well, then we're going to reconnect with the doctor, and see what he thinks the next step is,'' Francona said. ... 2B Jason Kipnis is on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Columbus. Francona said he's doing well recovering from a low-grade right calf strain, and he expects to see Kipnis sometime on the current road trip to Kansas City and Seattle.

Royals: CF Billy Hamilton was kept out of the lineup with a mild MCL sprain and a bone bruise on his left knee. He tried to make a game-saving catch with two outs in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to Seattle. The Mariners had two runners on, down 6-4, when Mitch Haniger drove one to the wall in left center. Hamilton battled the wind and the sun before crashing into the wall. ''When I first did it I thought it was way worse than what it turned out to be,'' Hamilton said. ''I'm happy about that. It's too early to be in that situation. I'll do everything I can to get back in the lineup. I feel a lot better than I did yesterday. I can play through a little pain.''

ROSTER NEWS

Indians RHP Jefry Rodriguez was being called up from Triple-A Columbus after the game. He will make his first start with the Indians after one start with Columbus, where he allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Jefry Rodriguez will make his season debut for the Cleveland. He was acquired by Cleveland as part of the trade that sent Yan Gomes following the 2018 season.

Royals RHP Homer Bailey (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will be looking for his first victory since May 12 of last season.

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  • W: B. Keller (2-1)L: C. Carrasco (1-2)
  • HR: CLE - T. Naquin (1), KC - A. Gordon (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Martin CF20100211.250.400.475.8752.5
M. Moroff 2B10000000.087.087.130.2170.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100022.146.192.208.4012.0
J. Bauers LF40000016.171.261.293.554-0.5
C. Santana 1B10000311.415.538.5611.0992.5
H. Ramirez DH40100006.194.326.389.7141.0
T. Naquin RF41111022.294.314.471.7855.0
R. Perez C40000032.148.250.296.546-1.5
B. Miller 2B30000000.207.303.379.6820.0
a- G. Allen PH-CF10000002.045.120.091.2110.0
E. Stamets SS30000120.059.154.088.2420.0
  • a-popped out for Miller in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B52300002.328.361.500.8618.0
A. Mondesi SS51110034.296.328.630.9573.5
A. Gordon LF51431012.390.491.7321.22212.5
J. Soler RF41000124.231.286.500.7861.0
R. O'Hearn 1B31100101.212.366.333.6994.0
H. Dozier 3B41200113.225.304.475.7793.5
L. Duda DH20010102.118.158.176.3342.0
M. Maldonado C30000124.167.286.194.4800.0
C. Owings CF41220002.170.204.277.4818.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (3)
    • HR - T. Naquin
    • RBI - T. Naquin (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 4 (7), G. Allen (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (3), A. Gordon 2 (5), C. Owings (3)
    • 3B - A. Mondesi (4)
    • HR - A. Gordon (3)
    • SF - L. Duda
    • RBI - A. Mondesi (10), A. Gordon 3 (13), L. Duda (3), C. Owings 2 (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (5), C. Owings 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield (7), J. Soler (5), R. O'Hearn (3), H. Dozier 2 (5), M. Maldonado (5), C. Owings (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (5), C. Owings (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin
    • E - J. Ramirez, B. Miller (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (L, 1-2)0.266611112.602.50-17.5
    N. Wittgren1.11000200.000.753.0
    T. Olson2.02110201.500.674.0
    D. Otero1.02101000.001.420.0
    O. Perez1.00000205.401.504.0
    J. Edwards1.00002001.801.801.0
    N. Ramirez1.02001204.501.501.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (W, 2-1)6.231151012.451.0924.0
    J. Diekman1.11001103.861.001.5
    I. Kennedy1.00000101.290.863.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (W, 2-1)6.2
    J. Diekman1.1
    I. Kennedy1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 28-15, N. Wittgren 18-12, T. Olson 29-20, D. Otero 21-9, O. Perez 14-11, J. Edwards 22-11, N. Ramirez 27-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 1-2, N. Wittgren 2-0, T. Olson 1-1, D. Otero 5-0, J. Edwards 1-1, N. Ramirez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 9, N. Wittgren 5, T. Olson 7, D. Otero 7, O. Perez 3, J. Edwards 5, N. Ramirez 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 118-64, J. Diekman 27-16, I. Kennedy 9-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, J. Diekman 6, I. Kennedy 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF20100211.250.400.475.8752.5
    M. Moroff 2B10000000.087.087.130.2170.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40100022.146.192.208.4012.0
    J. Bauers LF40000016.171.261.293.554-0.5
    C. Santana 1B10000311.415.538.5611.0992.5
    H. Ramirez DH40100006.194.326.389.7141.0
    T. Naquin RF41111022.294.314.471.7855.0
    R. Perez C40000032.148.250.296.546-1.5
    B. Miller 2B30000000.207.303.379.6820.0
    a- G. Allen PH-CF10000002.045.120.091.2110.0
    E. Stamets SS30000120.059.154.088.2420.0
    Total31141161222-----
    • a-popped out for Miller in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B52300002.328.361.500.8618.0
    A. Mondesi SS51110034.296.328.630.9573.5
    A. Gordon LF51431012.390.491.7321.22212.5
    J. Soler RF41000124.231.286.500.7861.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B31100101.212.366.333.6994.0
    H. Dozier 3B41200113.225.304.475.7793.5
    L. Duda DH20010102.118.158.176.3342.0
    M. Maldonado C30000124.167.286.194.4800.0
    C. Owings CF41220002.170.204.277.4818.0
    Total35813715924-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (3)
      • HR - T. Naquin
      • RBI - T. Naquin (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 4 (7), G. Allen (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (3), A. Gordon 2 (5), C. Owings (3)
      • 3B - A. Mondesi (4)
      • HR - A. Gordon (3)
      • SF - L. Duda
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (10), A. Gordon 3 (13), L. Duda (3), C. Owings 2 (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (5), C. Owings 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield (7), J. Soler (5), R. O'Hearn (3), H. Dozier 2 (5), M. Maldonado (5), C. Owings (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (5), C. Owings (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin
      • E - J. Ramirez, B. Miller (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 1-2)0.266611112.602.50-17.5
      N. Wittgren1.11000200.000.753.0
      T. Olson2.02110201.500.674.0
      D. Otero1.02101000.001.420.0
      O. Perez1.00000205.401.504.0
      J. Edwards1.00002001.801.801.0
      N. Ramirez1.02001204.501.501.0
      Total8.01387591---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 1-2)0.2
      N. Wittgren1.1
      T. Olson2.0
      D. Otero1.0
      O. Perez1.0
      J. Edwards1.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 2-1)6.231151012.451.0924.0
      J. Diekman1.11001103.861.001.5
      I. Kennedy1.00000101.290.863.5
      Total9.04116121---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 2-1)6.2
      J. Diekman1.1
      I. Kennedy1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 28-15, N. Wittgren 18-12, T. Olson 29-20, D. Otero 21-9, O. Perez 14-11, J. Edwards 22-11, N. Ramirez 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 1-2, N. Wittgren 2-0, T. Olson 1-1, D. Otero 5-0, J. Edwards 1-1, N. Ramirez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 9, N. Wittgren 5, T. Olson 7, D. Otero 7, O. Perez 3, J. Edwards 5, N. Ramirez 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 118-64, J. Diekman 27-16, I. Kennedy 9-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, J. Diekman 6, I. Kennedy 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Owings stole home Merrifield stole second, Owings scored18
      • 4TH INNING
        Gordon doubled to deep right, Merrifield scored, Gordon out at third17
      • 2ND INNING
        Naquin homered to right16
      • 1ST INNING
        Owings doubled to deep left, O'Hearn and Dozier scored06
        Duda hit sacrifice fly to center, Soler scored04
        Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored03
        Mondesi tripled to deep right center, Merrifield scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
        • E. Stamets: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Moroff popped out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez fouled out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Diekman Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to left, Santana to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Naquin fouled out to catcher
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Greg Allen hit for Brad Miller
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Max Moroff at second base
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Jon Edwards
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mondesi fouled out to third
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right, Merrifield to second
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Merrifield to third, Gordon to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • E. Stamets: Stamets lined out to shortstop
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Jake Diekman relieved Brad Keller
        • J. Bauers: Bauers fouled out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jon Edwards relieved Oliver Perez
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn hit by pitch
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked, O'Hearn to second
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Foul, Duda grounded out to shortstop, O'Hearn to third, Dozier out at second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Owings flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller lined out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Otero Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Owings reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to third, Owings to third on 3rd baseman Ramirez throwing error. on 2nd baseman Miller throwing error
        • Oliver Perez relieved Dan Otero
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Owings stole home Merrifield stole second, Owings scored, Soler lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stamets walked
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch, Stamets to second
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers popped out to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Stamets to third, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Santana intentionally walked
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Santana out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to third
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to left
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked, Dozier to second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to second
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Miller flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Olson Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Ball, Owings flied out to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield doubled to deep right
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right, Merrifield scored, Gordon out at third
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • E. Stamets: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to shallow left center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right center, Martin to third
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana intentionally walked
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Olson relieved Nick Wittgren
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda lined out to center
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin homered to right
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Wittgren Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Gordon doubled to deep left
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to right
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi tripled to deep right center, Merrifield scored
        • A. Gordon: Gordon homered to right, Mondesi scored
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn singled to right, Soler to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier singled to left center, Soler to third, O'Hearn to second
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda hit sacrifice fly to center, Soler scored
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Owings doubled to deep left, O'Hearn and Dozier scored
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)