Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City.

Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the Royals in the coldest game in Progressive Field history.

Gomes drove a 3-2 pitch barely over the 19-foot wall in left field, ending another tough day for Cleveland's offense on a high note. Gomes was mobbed by his teammates at home plate after just the fourth hit of the afternoon for the Indians.

The game-time temperature was 32 degrees, the lowest in the 25-year history of the ballpark, and Gomes wasn't sure if his drive was going to clear the wall as left fielder Jon Jay drifted back.

''I knew I got it, but I kept looking up and I was like, `Oh no, is the wind going to kill it?''' Gomes said. ''It just got over.''

Gomes also starred on defense in the cold conditions. He threw out Jorge Soler trying to steal second in the fourth and picked Mike Moustakas off first in the sixth.

''You have to figure out a way to stay warm,'' he said. ''At the end of the day, the weather's not going to change.''

Maurer (0-2) walked Yonder Alonso with one out before Gomes connected for his second homer. Cody Allen (1-0) worked the ninth for the win.

Jay's run-scoring triple put Kansas City in front in the fifth, but the Indians pushed across an unearned run in the eighth without registering a hit.

Bradley Zimmer led off with a walk and swiped second. He advanced to third on Francisco Lindor's sacrifice.

Zimmer stayed at third when Jason Kipnis reached on a throwing error by reliever Justin Grimm. But Jose Ramirez followed with a check-swing dribbler, bringing home Zimmer with the tying run. Ramirez was originally ruled safe on Grimm's wide throw to first, but the call was overturned after a review.

''That fastball probably would've hit him in the left shoulder if he didn't swing on it,'' Grimm said. ''I made my pitch, and he couldn't have bunted it better. It stinks.''

Indians manager Terry Francona felt his team was fortunate to be in position to win the game.

''I was glad we were still playing,'' he said. ''In the eighth we had 75 feet of grounders and we tied it.''

Cleveland hadn't scored since the first inning of Friday's 3-2 win. Lucas Duda's seventh-inning homer gave Kansas City a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Cleveland's Mike Clevinger allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings while Kansas City starter Jason Hammel pitched six innings of three-hit ball.

Zimmer denied the Royals a run in the third when he threw Jay out at home on Moustakas' single. Jay drew a two-out walk and took second on Whit Merrifield's single.

Soler snapped a 0-for-34 skid dating to last season with three hits.

STILL PLAYING

Zimmer slammed into the wall in center trying to catch Jay's triple, but stayed in the game.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Hammel thought the Royals, who have played a major league-low seven games thanks to two postponements, squandered a chance for a victory.

''This is a game we need to have right now,'' he said. ''This is a game we need to win, especially with the way they're not swinging the bats.''

KEEP IT MOVING

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, who surrendered Duda's homer Saturday, said he didn't have enough time to warm up before the inning. In an attempt to speed up play this season, Major League Baseball has cut the time between innings from 2 minutes, 25 seconds to 2:05.

Bauer criticized Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision, but Francona said the pitchers need to adjust.

''If a pitcher wants to throw more, they've got to get out there,'' Francona said. ''The umpire's responsibility is to start this game at a certain point and we kind of explained that to our guys.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Duda (right hamstring tightness) served as the designated hitter for the third straight game.

Indians: RF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. The injury is similar to the one that caused him to miss nearly two months last season. OF Tyler Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes on Seattle on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 2.40 ERA), the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, faces the Tigers as Cleveland continues its 10-game homestand.

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  • W: C. Allen (1-0)L: B. Maurer (0-2)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Gomes (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF20110201.292.433.375.8086.0
W. Merrifield 1B40100012.222.276.259.5350.5
M. Moustakas 3B40200011.222.276.333.6091.5
L. Duda DH40100021.227.261.500.7610.0
J. Soler RF40300010.200.316.267.5822.5
R. Goins 2B40000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
A. Escobar SS40000001.167.200.292.4920.0
A. Gordon CF30100010.174.208.217.4260.5
C. Gallagher C31000001.000.000.000.0001.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS30000002.194.275.222.4970.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000021.118.211.147.358-1.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30010101.061.205.152.3572.0
    M. Brantley LF30100101.182.250.182.4322.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000023.194.306.484.789-1.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100100.182.270.394.6642.0
    E. Gonzalez PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    Y. Gomes C41121001.143.250.429.6797.0
    T. Naquin RF20100000.214.313.429.7411.0
    a- R. Davis PH-RF10000000.214.267.286.5520.0
    B. Zimmer CF21000122.154.185.154.3393.0
    • a-lined out for Naquin in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Soler
    • 3B - J. Jay
    • RBI - J. Jay
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay
    BATTING
    • HR - Y. Gomes (2)
    • SH - F. Lindor
    • RBI - J. Ramirez (4), Y. Gomes 2 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Soler
    • Picked Off - M. Moustakas
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Zimmer (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Grimm
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Zimmer (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hammel6.03002504.091.3618.5
    T. Hill (H, 1)1.00101002.700.302.0
    J. Grimm (BS, 1)1.00000002.080.693.0
    B. Maurer (L, 0-2)0.112211122.503.50-8.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Hammel6.0
    T. Hill (H, 1)1.0
    J. Grimm (BS, 1)1.0
    B. Maurer (L, 0-2)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger7.19112400.711.3414.0
    T. Olson0.20000204.500.501.0
    C. Allen (W, 1-0)1.00000200.000.6011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger7.1
    T. Olson0.2
    C. Allen (W, 1-0)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-53, T. Hill 24-13, J. Grimm 16-9, B. Maurer 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 7-6, T. Hill 1-2, J. Grimm 3-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 23, T. Hill 4, J. Grimm 4, B. Maurer 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 110-73, T. Olson 10-7, C. Allen 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-5
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 29, T. Olson 2, C. Allen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF20110201.292.433.375.8086.0
    W. Merrifield 1B40100012.222.276.259.5350.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40200011.222.276.333.6091.5
    L. Duda DH40100021.227.261.500.7610.0
    J. Soler RF40300010.200.316.267.5822.5
    R. Goins 2B40000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
    A. Escobar SS40000001.167.200.292.4920.0
    A. Gordon CF30100010.174.208.217.4260.5
    C. Gallagher C31000001.000.000.000.0001.0
    Total3219102811-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS30000002.194.275.222.4970.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000021.118.211.147.358-1.0
      J. Ramirez 3B30010101.061.205.152.3572.0
      M. Brantley LF30100101.182.250.182.4322.0
      E. Encarnacion DH40000023.194.306.484.789-1.0
      Y. Alonso 1B30100100.182.270.394.6642.0
      E. Gonzalez PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
      Y. Gomes C41121001.143.250.429.6797.0
      T. Naquin RF20100000.214.313.429.7411.0
      a- R. Davis PH-RF10000000.214.267.286.5520.0
      B. Zimmer CF21000122.154.185.154.3393.0
      Total2934314611-----
      • a-lined out for Naquin in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler
      • 3B - J. Jay
      • RBI - J. Jay
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Gomes (2)
      • SH - F. Lindor
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (4), Y. Gomes 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Soler
      • Picked Off - M. Moustakas
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Zimmer (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Grimm
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Zimmer (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel6.03002504.091.3618.5
      T. Hill (H, 1)1.00101002.700.302.0
      J. Grimm (BS, 1)1.00000002.080.693.0
      B. Maurer (L, 0-2)0.112211122.503.50-8.5
      Total8.1432461---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel6.0
      T. Hill (H, 1)1.0
      J. Grimm (BS, 1)1.0
      B. Maurer (L, 0-2)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger7.19112400.711.3414.0
      T. Olson0.20000204.500.501.0
      C. Allen (W, 1-0)1.00000200.000.6011.0
      Total9.0911280---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger7.1
      T. Olson0.2
      C. Allen (W, 1-0)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-53, T. Hill 24-13, J. Grimm 16-9, B. Maurer 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 7-6, T. Hill 1-2, J. Grimm 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 23, T. Hill 4, J. Grimm 4, B. Maurer 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 110-73, T. Olson 10-7, C. Allen 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-5
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 29, T. Olson 2, C. Allen 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Gomes homered to left center, Gonzalez scored13
      • 8TH INNING
        Ramirez grounded out to pitcher, Zimmer scored, Kipnis to second11
      • 5TH INNING
        Jay tripled to deep center, Gallagher scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Justin Grimm
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • Erik Gonzalez ran for Yonder Alonso
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gomes homered to left center, Gonzalez scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield popped out to second
        • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Hill Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmer walked
        • Justin Grimm relieved Tim Hill
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Zimmer stole second, Foul, Lindor hit sacrifice bunt to third, Zimmer to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis safe at first on Grimm fielding error
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher, Zimmer scored, Kipnis to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Escobar lined out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallagher safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error
        • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gomes popped out to shortstop
        • Rajai Davis hit for Tyler Naquin
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davis lined out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to center
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas picked off at first, catcher to first, Ball, Soler doubled to right
        • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ramirez flied out to shallow left
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon singled to shallow left
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon out at second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay tripled to deep center, Gallagher scored
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to shallow left
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes reached on fielder's choice to second, Alonso out at second
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Naquin singled to left, Gomes to second
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to shallow center
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Soler caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher grounded out to third
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to center, Jay to second
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to center, Jay out at home, Merrifield to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda singled to right
        • J. Soler: Soler singled to right, Duda to second
        • R. Goins: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goins grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Duda to third, Soler out at second
        • A. Escobar: Escobar fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Alonso flied out to right
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Naquin grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield flied out to deep right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Jay out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Brantley singled to right, Ramirez to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)