Lindor hits foul ball that injures child; Indians top KC 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor wasn't thinking about his home run that helped the Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Sunday. Instead, the All-Star shortstop was only concerned about the young child who was struck by a line drive he hit.

In the latest instance this season around the majors of a fan being injured by a foul ball, Lindor said he was told his liner sent a 3-year-old boy to the hospital.

''It stinks, man,'' Lindor said. ''You don't want to get nobody hurt. I have heard the kid is doing well. He's in the hospital. He's getting checked and all I know is he's in stable condition and he's doing good.''

''In a way, that makes me happy, but it stinks, you don't want that to happen to anybody, especially a little kid.''

The Indians said in an e-mail following the game that they could not disclose any information.

An adult holding the child immediately left the seating area after Lindor's drive down the right field line in the sixth inning. Lindor said he stepped out of the box briefly before continuing the at-bat against pitcher Glenn Spellman.

''You take that moment to say a little prayer, `God, help him. Hope he's OK,''' he said.

The protective netting at Progressive Field runs to the end of each dugout. Lindor's line drive landed several sections beyond the netting and was about 12 to 15 rows into the stands.

Lindor echoed the calls of many major leaguers to extend the netting. The Chicago White Sox are set to become the first team in the majors with netting that goes from foul pole to foul pole on Monday.

Last month, a 2-year-old girl was sent to the hospital with head injuries by a foul ball in Houston.

''I encourage every MLB team to put the nets all the way down,'' Lindor said. ''I know it's all about the fans' experience of interacting with players and I completely get that. You want to have that interaction with the fans, getting autographs and stuff, but at the end of the day, we want to make sure everybody comes out of this game healthy, and we got to do something about it,'' Lindor said.

''Everybody feels bad. And if we can put the nets a little bit further down, I think it would be a lot better,'' he said.

Lindor said he changed his approach when he stepped back in the box against Spellman.

''You try to go back to this, focus on the pitcher, focus on the at-bat, focus on your job,'' Lindor said. ''That at-bat, I didn't want to pull the ball at all.''

''I was just trying to hit it somewhere else, not hit it in that direction, because then what happens is somebody gets hit and then everybody's paying attention to that person and nobody remembers there's a game going on. You don't want to pull the ball again, because then now you hit somebody else. It's not fun,'' he said.

Lindor homered after originally being scheduled to get the day off and Jose Ramirez hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth.

Lindor talked his way into the lineup at designated hitter after manager Terry Francona planned on resting him. His two-run homer in the third tied the game at 2.

Ramirez'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.

Sparkman (4-5) allowed both homers and gave up four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Soler hit his 27th 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' towering drive.

Sparkman threw his hands in the air as he looked toward right field. Soler tipped his cap to the pitcher.

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 in July.

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  • W: Z. Plesac (4-3)L: G. Sparkman (3-6)S: B. Hand (27)
  • HR: KC - B. Starling (1), J. Soler (27), CLE - F. Lindor (16), J. Ramirez (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Gordon LF40000010.278.354.439.793-0.5
H. Dozier DH32100110.290.372.545.9173.5
J. Soler RF31311100.251.327.523.8509.0
C. Cuthbert 3B40220011.298.331.460.7914.5
H. Arteaga SS40000005.208.263.226.4900.0
B. Starling CF41111000.286.355.429.7836.0
L. Duda 1B40100010.150.230.280.5101.5
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    F. Lindor DH41221001.292.347.508.8558.0
    O. Mercado CF40110001.293.344.463.8072.0
    C. Santana 1B40100012.284.405.524.9290.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40100002.243.298.370.6682.0
    J. Ramirez 3B41211001.232.311.383.6948.0
    J. Bauers LF21000201.241.313.394.7073.0
    G. Allen LF00000000.232.304.439.7430.0
    M. Freeman SS30000003.288.383.450.8330.0
    K. Plawecki C42110002.212.288.333.6224.0
    T. Naquin RF40100012.287.322.503.8250.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cuthbert (8), L. Duda (4)
      • HR - J. Soler (27), B. Starling
      • RBI - J. Soler (70), C. Cuthbert 2 (25), B. Starling (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler (30), C. Cuthbert 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Arteaga 5 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Kipnis (14), J. Ramirez (20)
      • HR - F. Lindor (16), J. Ramirez (10)
      • SH - M. Freeman (4)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (37), O. Mercado (26), J. Ramirez (46), K. Plawecki (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), M. Freeman, K. Plawecki 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - H. Arteaga
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (L, 3-6)5.29542124.671.38-4.5
      T. Hill0.10000003.461.150.0
      J. Lopez2.00000106.261.496.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (L, 3-6)5.2
      T. Hill0.1
      J. Lopez2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (W, 4-3)6.04222613.501.0923.0
      N. Goody (H, 5)1.00000101.861.033.5
      A. Cimber (H, 13)1.03110002.841.13-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 27)1.01110312.380.989.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (W, 4-3)6.0
      N. Goody (H, 5)1.0
      A. Cimber (H, 13)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 27)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 97-58, T. Hill 1-1, J. Lopez 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 7-10, T. Hill 1-0, J. Lopez 2-3
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 29, T. Hill, J. Lopez 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 106-67, N. Goody 10-7, A. Cimber 14-9, B. Hand 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 7-5, A. Cimber 3-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 24, N. Goody 3, A. Cimber 6, B. Hand 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield 2B50000031.309.360.502.862-1.5
      A. Gordon LF40000010.278.354.439.793-0.5
      H. Dozier DH32100110.290.372.545.9173.5
      J. Soler RF31311100.251.327.523.8509.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B40220011.298.331.460.7914.5
      H. Arteaga SS40000005.208.263.226.4900.0
      B. Starling CF41111000.286.355.429.7836.0
      L. Duda 1B40100010.150.230.280.5101.5
      C. Gallagher C40000031.225.310.314.624-1.5
      G. Sparkman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Hill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor DH41221001.292.347.508.8558.0
        O. Mercado CF40110001.293.344.463.8072.0
        C. Santana 1B40100012.284.405.524.9290.5
        J. Kipnis 2B40100002.243.298.370.6682.0
        J. Ramirez 3B41211001.232.311.383.6948.0
        J. Bauers LF21000201.241.313.394.7073.0
        G. Allen LF00000000.232.304.439.7430.0
        M. Freeman SS30000003.288.383.450.8330.0
        K. Plawecki C42110002.212.288.333.6224.0
        T. Naquin RF40100012.287.322.503.8250.5
        Z. Plesac P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        N. Goody P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total3359522215-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Cuthbert (8), L. Duda (4)
          • HR - J. Soler (27), B. Starling
          • RBI - J. Soler (70), C. Cuthbert 2 (25), B. Starling (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler (30), C. Cuthbert 2 (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Arteaga 5 (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Kipnis (14), J. Ramirez (20)
          • HR - F. Lindor (16), J. Ramirez (10)
          • SH - M. Freeman (4)
          • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (37), O. Mercado (26), J. Ramirez (46), K. Plawecki (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), M. Freeman, K. Plawecki 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - H. Arteaga
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (L, 3-6)5.29542124.671.38-4.5
          T. Hill0.10000003.461.150.0
          J. Lopez2.00000106.261.496.5
          Total8.0954222---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (L, 3-6)5.2
          T. Hill0.1
          J. Lopez2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Plesac (W, 4-3)6.04222613.501.0923.0
          N. Goody (H, 5)1.00000101.861.033.5
          A. Cimber (H, 13)1.03110002.841.13-1.0
          B. Hand (S, 27)1.01110312.380.989.5
          Total9.08442102---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Plesac (W, 4-3)6.0
          N. Goody (H, 5)1.0
          A. Cimber (H, 13)1.0
          B. Hand (S, 27)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 97-58, T. Hill 1-1, J. Lopez 21-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 7-10, T. Hill 1-0, J. Lopez 2-3
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 29, T. Hill, J. Lopez 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 106-67, N. Goody 10-7, A. Cimber 14-9, B. Hand 21-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 7-5, A. Cimber 3-0
          • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 24, N. Goody 3, A. Cimber 6, B. Hand 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Starling homered to left45
          • 8TH INNING
            Cuthbert singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler to second35
          • 6TH INNING
            Mercado singled to center, Plawecki scored, Lindor to second25
            Plawecki singled to deep left, Bauers scored24
            Ramirez homered to right center23
          • 3RD INNING
            Lindor homered to right, Plawecki scored22
            Soler homered to center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Cuthbert doubled to deep left, Dozier scored, Soler to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
            • B. Starling: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Starling homered to left
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Cimber relieved Nick Goody
            • Greg Allen in left field
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to center
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Soler singled to right, Dozier to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler to second
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Arteaga grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
            • K. Plawecki: Plawecki flied out to left
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nick Goody relieved Zach Plesac
            • B. Starling: Ball, Ball, Starling lined out to center
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to center
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jorge Lopez relieved Tim Hill
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis lined out to pitcher
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Bauers flied out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier popped out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Soler singled to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler out at second
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez homered to right center
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Freeman hit sacrifice bunt to first, Bauers to second
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Plawecki singled to deep left, Bauers scored
            • T. Naquin: Naquin flied out to left
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to shallow right, Plawecki to third
            • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercado singled to center, Plawecki scored, Lindor to second
            • Tim Hill relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • C. Santana: Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mercado out at second
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Naquin singled to right
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lindor flied out to deep left
            • O. Mercado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado flied out to deep center
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana singled to center, Naquin to second
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Kipnis fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Arteaga lined out to shortstop
            • B. Starling: Ball, Ball, Foul, Starling flied out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep right
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • M. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman fouled out to third
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to first
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soler homered to center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki safe at first on shortstop Arteaga throwing error
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Naquin lined out to left
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor homered to right, Plawecki scored
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • B. Starling: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Starling grounded out to second
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duda doubled to deep right center
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallagher grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis doubled to left center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second, Kipnis to third
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers grounded out to first
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked, Dozier to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert doubled to deep left, Dozier scored, Soler to third
            • H. Arteaga: Strike swinging, Ball, Arteaga grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercado grounded out to third
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)