Lindor hits 2 HRs, 2 doubles to help Indians beat Royals 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor put his defensive problems behind him Saturday.

Lindor homered twice and doubled twice for his third career four-hit game to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2.

Lindor hit solo home runs in the third and seventh - raising his season total to 12 - and scored four runs. The All-Star shortstop also extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

While Lindor is putting up big numbers, his defensive problems have also made news. He's committed eight errors, including four in the last seven games, after making 10 last season.

Lindor, who started a double play to end a potential Kansas City rally in the second, admitted he's had a rough two weeks in the field.

''I wish I could go back in time and take those mistakes I made and help the team win that day, but it's in the past,'' he said. ''I learn from those.''

Lindor made two errors on one play in New York last weekend and committed a costly error in Friday night's 10-9 loss.

''I mean, he's had a couple of tough games, there's no getting around that and that's baseball,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Players do that, but he sure is talented.''

Both of Lindor's home runs came batting left-handed. He homered down the right-field line off Junis in the third, tying the score at 2-all.

Lindor homered into the bleachers in left-center off Kevin McCarthy in the seventh, extending Cleveland's lead to 5-2.

Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth. Brantley is 5 for 9 since being moved to the second spot in the order Friday.

''Brantley and Lindor are swinging the bat really well right now,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''If you make a slight deviation on your pitches, they're going to hit the ball hard.''

Mike Clevinger (3-0) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Indians won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Jon Jay and Jorge Soler each had three hits for Kansas City. Jakob Junis (4-3) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Salvador Perez's run-scoring grounder in the first put the Royals up 1-0, but Brantley's single tied it in the bottom of the inning.

Jay and Soler had consecutive doubles with one out in the third to put Kansas City back ahead, before Lindor's first homer tied it again.

Lindor and Brantley opened the sixth with doubles, and Yonder Alonso had an RBI single with two outs to give Cleveland a 4-2 lead.

After Lindor's one-out homer in the seventh, Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single four batters later to push the Indians' lead to 6-2.

Clevinger allowed eight hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 75 minutes. Several seagulls descended on the ballpark in the sixth inning, but quickly left the premises.

FASHION POLICE

Clevinger said he received a letter from Major League Baseball on Friday, saying he'll face a fine if he continues to wear his custom tie-dyed cleats, which also feature a bright sunflower on the outside.

The right-hander wore pink cleats Saturday with the names of his mom and wife in honor of Mother's Day, and isn't concerned about a possible fine.

''As long as all the ladies in my life are happy, I'm happy,'' he said.

TOUGH INNING

Juris, the only Royals starter with a winning record, retired eight hitters in a row going into the sixth, but couldn't get out of the inning.

''I just couldn't close the door,'' he said ''I made the pitch I wanted to Alonso, but he placed it up the middle.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Justin Grimm (lower back stiffness), who has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 24, could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Indians: RF Tyler Naquin on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The injury occurred while he was running the bases Friday. ... CF Bradley Zimmer was scratched from the lineup because he's still dealing with a bruised chest after crashing into the wall at Yankee Stadium last weekend. Zimmer has only played in one game in the last week and is still sore when swinging the bat.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Danny Duffy (1-4, 5.15 ERA) faces Indians RHP Corey Kluber (5-2, 2.62 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series. Kluber allowed two home runs in losing to Milwaukee in his last start, including a 433-foot shot to relief pitcher Brent Suter.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (3-0)L: J. Junis (4-3)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor 2 (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF42300000.293.360.333.6936.0
J. Soler DH40310011.333.434.548.9825.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000015.293.327.554.882-0.5
S. Perez C40010012.267.296.507.8030.5
L. Duda 1B40100012.256.319.403.7220.5
W. Merrifield 2B40100011.275.349.403.7520.5
A. Gordon LF30000022.275.333.407.740-1.0
A. Escobar SS30000001.232.294.326.6200.0
A. Almonte CF30000000.212.268.364.6310.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS44422000.311.376.615.99118.0
    M. Brantley LF42320000.342.375.559.9348.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000003.279.365.571.9370.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40110012.201.270.410.6801.5
    Y. Alonso 1B30110111.223.292.454.7462.5
    J. Kipnis 2B30000102.173.256.253.5091.0
    Y. Gomes C30000120.236.320.416.7360.0
    G. Allen CF40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
    B. Guyer RF40000020.161.235.339.574-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jay (4), J. Soler 2 (12)
      • RBI - J. Soler (18), S. Perez (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor 2 (13), M. Brantley (10)
      • HR - F. Lindor 2 (12)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (24), M. Brantley 2 (24), E. Encarnacion (21), Y. Alonso (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (8), Y. Alonso (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. McCarthy
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Kipnis-Lindor)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 4-3)5.26442713.531.041.5
      K. McCarthy1.03211013.451.40-2.0
      B. Boyer1.100002013.832.414.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 4-3)5.2
      K. McCarthy1.0
      B. Boyer1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 3-0)7.28220502.701.0723.5
      T. Olson0.10000006.571.220.0
      C. Allen1.00000203.381.384.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 3-0)7.2
      T. Olson0.1
      C. Allen1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Junis 2 (4)
      • IBB - J. Junis
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-58, K. McCarthy 33-18, B. Boyer 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 2-8, K. McCarthy 2-1, B. Boyer 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, K. McCarthy 7, B. Boyer 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Clevinger
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 115-81, T. Olson 3-1, C. Allen 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-8, C. Allen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 29, T. Olson, C. Allen 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Jay RF42300000.293.360.333.6936.0
      J. Soler DH40310011.333.434.548.9825.5
      M. Moustakas 3B40000015.293.327.554.882-0.5
      S. Perez C40010012.267.296.507.8030.5
      L. Duda 1B40100012.256.319.403.7220.5
      W. Merrifield 2B40100011.275.349.403.7520.5
      A. Gordon LF30000022.275.333.407.740-1.0
      A. Escobar SS30000001.232.294.326.6200.0
      A. Almonte CF30000000.212.268.364.6310.0
      Total3328200714-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS44422000.311.376.615.99118.0
        M. Brantley LF42320000.342.375.559.9348.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40000003.279.365.571.9370.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40110012.201.270.410.6801.5
        Y. Alonso 1B30110111.223.292.454.7462.5
        J. Kipnis 2B30000102.173.256.253.5091.0
        Y. Gomes C30000120.236.320.416.7360.0
        G. Allen CF40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
        B. Guyer RF40000020.161.235.339.574-1.0
        Total3369623911-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jay (4), J. Soler 2 (12)
          • RBI - J. Soler (18), S. Perez (16)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor 2 (13), M. Brantley (10)
          • HR - F. Lindor 2 (12)
          • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (24), M. Brantley 2 (24), E. Encarnacion (21), Y. Alonso (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (8), Y. Alonso (11)
          FIELDING
          • E - K. McCarthy
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Kipnis-Lindor)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 4-3)5.26442713.531.041.5
          K. McCarthy1.03211013.451.40-2.0
          B. Boyer1.100002013.832.414.0
          Total8.0965392---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 4-3)5.2
          K. McCarthy1.0
          B. Boyer1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (W, 3-0)7.28220502.701.0723.5
          T. Olson0.10000006.571.220.0
          C. Allen1.00000203.381.384.0
          Total9.0822070---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (W, 3-0)7.2
          T. Olson0.1
          C. Allen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Junis 2 (4)
          • IBB - J. Junis
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-58, K. McCarthy 33-18, B. Boyer 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 2-8, K. McCarthy 2-1, B. Boyer 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, K. McCarthy 7, B. Boyer 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Clevinger
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 115-81, T. Olson 3-1, C. Allen 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 8-8, C. Allen 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 29, T. Olson, C. Allen 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Encarnacion singled to center, Brantley scored26
            Lindor homered to left center25
          • 6TH INNING
            Alonso singled to right, Brantley scored24
            Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor scored23
          • 3RD INNING
            Lindor homered to right22
            Soler doubled to deep right, Jay scored21
          • 1ST INNING
            Brantley singled to right, Lindor scored11
            Perez grounded out to second, Jay scored, Soler to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Tyler Olson
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Almonte grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to left
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Boyer Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
            • B. Guyer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield flied out to shallow right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor homered to left center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley singled to left
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to first
            • E. Encarnacion: Brantley to third on McCarthy fielding error, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion singled to center, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas flied out to center
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler to second on wild pitch
            • L. Duda: Duda grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor doubled to left center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor scored
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right, Brantley to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso singled to right, Brantley scored
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked, Alonso to second
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso to third, Kipnis to second on wild pitch, Gomes intentionally walked
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jake Junis
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen grounded into fielder's choice to second, Gomes out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte flied out to deep left
            • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Guyer struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to left
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion lined out to center
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso flied out to deep left
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Almonte lined out to center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay doubled to deep right center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler doubled to deep right, Jay scored
            • M. Moustakas: Strike (foul tip), Moustakas lined into double play second to shortstop, Soler out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor homered to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to third, Merrifield out at second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes flied out to deep right
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler doubled to left, Jay to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to second, Jay scored, Soler to third
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor doubled to deep left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to right, Lindor scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to second, Brantley out at second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)