Kluber, Gomes lead Indians past Royals 11-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber was handed a big lead early in the game and the rest was simple.

Kluber became the American League's first six-game winner and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2 on Sunday.

The Indians led 9-0 going into the fifth, leading to a stress-free afternoon for the reigning Cy Young Award winner, who gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits.

''If you have a nine run cushion, obviously you have a bigger margin for error,'' Kluber said. ''They've always been pretty aggressive against me. It can work both ways. You can get some early contact and get some quick outs.''

Kluber (6-2) was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.

''It was nice to get him some runs,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He knows what to do with it.''

Kansas City manager Ned Yost knew the big deficit was a bad sign against Kluber, who also won the Cy Young in 2014.

''Yes, he's that good,'' Yost said. ''He's got a tremendous cutter, a real good curveball, and a fastball that starts at a hitter's hip and just fades right back in over the corner. He's got excellent command.''

Yankees starter Luis Severino later joined Kluber with six wins.

Gomes hit a fourth-inning home run off Danny Duffy (1-5), doubled in the second and singled in the third and sixth to match his career high for hits.

Ramirez's homer capped a five-run second inning while Brantley homered in the seventh.

Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with three hits, including an RBI single in the third. Lindor had two homers and two doubles Saturday. He got off to an inauspicious start Sunday, walking to home plate in the first inning wearing the wrong batting helmet.

A switch-hitter, Lindor had on the helmet he usually uses when he hits left-handed - with a protective flap on the right side. But he was facing the left-hander Duffy and was going to hit right-handed.

Lindor quickly realized the mistake, exchanged helmets with a bat boy and smiled when he returned to the batter's box. Lindor flied out. Helmets with flaps on the side facing the pitcher have been mandatory for all players making their major league debuts since 1983.

Cleveland strung together a single, a double, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and RBI ground balls by Greg Allen and Brantley in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Ramirez's 12th homer of the season pushed the lead to five.

After striking out Brandon Guyer to finally end the inning, a frustrated Duffy tossed a cooler in the dugout but his day would only get worse. Lindor drove in another run in the following inning before Gomes hit his fifth homer of the season.

Duffy allowed nine runs in 3 1-3 innings. His fortunes were much different than his previous outing when the Royals scored 10 runs in the top of the first. Duffy allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings for his first win of the season.

Duffy, whose ERA jumped from 5.15 to 6.51, gave his performance a harsh critique.

''I just wasn't making pitches,'' he said. ''There is nothing else to it. I don't know what else to say. I have not been a good pitcher this year. There are no excuses. I've been letting my team down.''

PERFECT DAY?

Gomes fouled out to first baseman Lucas Duda in the seventh, ending his bid for a 5 for 5 afternoon. He admitted getting a fifth hit was on his mind.

''It's an 11-2 ballgame, so you can take in some of the moment while you're having your last at-bat,'' he said. ''I was going to be happy no matter what, I think.''

LOOK OUT

The ball boy seated in foul territory near the right field line moved quickly to avoid being hit by Rajai Davis' foul line drive in the eight. The ball boy leaned back in his chair with his legs going in the air as the ball hit off the front of the stands a couple of feet away.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Justin Grimm (stiff lower back) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He appeared in 10 of Kansas City's first 19 games before being placed on the disabled list on April 24.

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer (bruised chest) was out of the lineup again and a trip to the disabled list is possible if he's not ready in the next day or two. Zimmer has appeared in one game since crashing into the wall at Yankee Stadium on May 5. ... LHP Ryan Merritt (shoulder inflammation) has been shut down for three to five days on his minor league rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Eric Skogland (1-2, 6.34 ERA) takes on Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough (2-2, 4.30 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-1, 3.61 ERA) faces Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.73 ERA) as the teams begin a three-game set at Comerica Park.

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  • W: C. Kluber (6-2)L: D. Duffy (1-5)
  • HR: CLE - M. Brantley (5), Y. Gomes (5), J. Ramirez (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Duda 1B40100002.256.317.398.7161.0
W. Merrifield 2B40110002.275.347.399.7462.0
A. Gordon CF40200011.284.340.411.7501.5
A. Escobar SS20000001.229.290.321.6120.0
b- R. Goins PH-SS20000013.250.280.292.572-0.5
D. Butera C30100110.177.278.242.5201.5
  • a-grounded out for Moustakas in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Escobar in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41310000.321.388.6241.0127.0
M. Brantley DH52131005.336.368.569.9379.0
J. Ramirez 3B32231200.287.378.600.97815.0
E. Encarnacion 1B30100203.204.280.408.6893.0
B. Guyer RF51100024.164.233.328.5611.0
Y. Gomes C53431001.266.343.479.82214.0
E. Gonzalez 2B40100111.357.400.536.9361.5
G. Allen CF51210013.118.118.118.2353.5
R. Davis LF41000125.206.261.238.4991.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (4)
    • RBI - S. Perez (17), W. Merrifield (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (14), J. Ramirez (11), Y. Gomes (5)
    • HR - M. Brantley (5), J. Ramirez (12), Y. Gomes (5)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (25), M. Brantley 3 (27), J. Ramirez 3 (27), Y. Gomes 3 (11), G. Allen
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (5), J. Ramirez 3 (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Duda)
    • PB - D. Butera (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ramirez-Gonzalez-Encarnacion)
    • E - Y. Gomes (4), J. Ramirez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (L, 1-5)3.18995226.511.66-17.0
    B. Flynn3.07221214.501.700.0
    B. Smith1.20000204.261.424.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (L, 1-5)3.1
    B. Flynn3.0
    B. Smith1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 6-2)7.08200402.340.8425.0
    O. Drake1.11000105.791.642.5
    A. Miller0.20001201.591.150.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 6-2)7.0
    O. Drake1.1
    A. Miller0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Duffy (3)
    • HBP - D. Duffy
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 87-51, B. Flynn 62-38, B. Smith 26-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-5, B. Flynn 5-1, B. Smith 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 24, B. Flynn 16, B. Smith 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Kluber (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 97-69, O. Drake 19-13, A. Miller 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 10-7
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, O. Drake 5, A. Miller 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Jay LF50100023.289.355.329.6840.0
    J. Soler RF41000011.323.423.531.9540.5
    M. Moustakas 3B20100001.296.329.553.8831.0
    a- C. Cuthbert PH-3B20000011.200.289.310.599-0.5
    S. Perez DH41210001.278.306.519.8255.0
    L. Duda 1B40100002.256.317.398.7161.0
    W. Merrifield 2B40110002.275.347.399.7462.0
    A. Gordon CF40200011.284.340.411.7501.5
    A. Escobar SS20000001.229.290.321.6120.0
    b- R. Goins PH-SS20000013.250.280.292.572-0.5
    D. Butera C30100110.177.278.242.5201.5
    Total3629201716-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Jay LF5
    J. Soler RF4
    M. Moustakas 3B2
    a- C. Cuthbert PH-3B2
    S. Perez DH4
    L. Duda 1B4
    W. Merrifield 2B4
    A. Gordon CF4
    A. Escobar SS2
    b- R. Goins PH-SS2
    D. Butera C3
    Total36
    • a-grounded out for Moustakas in the 6th
    • b-grounded out for Escobar in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41310000.321.388.6241.0127.0
    M. Brantley DH52131005.336.368.569.9379.0
    J. Ramirez 3B32231200.287.378.600.97815.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B30100203.204.280.408.6893.0
    B. Guyer RF51100024.164.233.328.5611.0
    Y. Gomes C53431001.266.343.479.82214.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B40100111.357.400.536.9361.5
    G. Allen CF51210013.118.118.118.2353.5
    R. Davis LF41000125.206.261.238.4991.0
    Total3811151136622-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (4)
      • RBI - S. Perez (17), W. Merrifield (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (14), J. Ramirez (11), Y. Gomes (5)
      • HR - M. Brantley (5), J. Ramirez (12), Y. Gomes (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (25), M. Brantley 3 (27), J. Ramirez 3 (27), Y. Gomes 3 (11), G. Allen
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (5), J. Ramirez 3 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Duda)
      • PB - D. Butera (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Gonzalez-Encarnacion)
      • E - Y. Gomes (4), J. Ramirez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 1-5)3.18995226.511.66-17.0
      B. Flynn3.07221214.501.700.0
      B. Smith1.20000204.261.424.0
      Total8.0151111663---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 1-5)3.1
      B. Flynn3.0
      B. Smith1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 6-2)7.08200402.340.8425.0
      O. Drake1.11000105.791.642.5
      A. Miller0.20001201.591.150.0
      Total9.0920170---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 6-2)7.0
      O. Drake1.1
      A. Miller0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy (3)
      • HBP - D. Duffy
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 87-51, B. Flynn 62-38, B. Smith 26-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-5, B. Flynn 5-1, B. Smith 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 24, B. Flynn 16, B. Smith 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kluber (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 97-69, O. Drake 19-13, A. Miller 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 10-7
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29, O. Drake 5, A. Miller 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Brantley homered to right, Lindor scored211
      • 6TH INNING
        Merrifield singled to center, Perez scored29
        Perez doubled to left, Soler scored19
      • 4TH INNING
        Gomes homered to center, Ramirez and Guyer scored09
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor singled to left, Gomes scored, Gonzalez to second06
      • 2ND INNING
        Ramirez homered to left, Davis and Brantley scored05
        Brantley reached on fielder's choice to first, Allen scored, Davis to third, Lindor out at second02
        Allen reached on fielder's choice to second, Gomes scored, Gonzalez out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • O. Drake Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow left
        • Andrew Miller relieved Oliver Drake
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
        • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Butera walked, Gordon to second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Oliver Drake relieved Corey Kluber
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
        • S. Perez: Perez popped out to shortstop
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duda lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez lined out to center
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Allen grounded out to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Butera: Ball, Butera flied out to right
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to third
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley homered to right, Lindor scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion singled to center
        • Burch Smith relieved Brian Flynn
        • B. Guyer: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes fouled out to first
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
        • Cheslor Cuthbert hit for Mike Moustakas
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler to second on wild pitch, Foul on catcher Gomes dropped ball error, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to left, Soler scored
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda flied out to deep center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to center, Perez scored
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right, Merrifield to second
        • Ryan Goins hit for Alcides Escobar
        • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Guyer flied out to deep center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes singled to shallow left center
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Allen singled to shallow center, Gomes to second
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Butera singled to shallow center
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor doubled to shallow left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Encarnacion grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez singled to center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duda flied out to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded into double play third to second to first, Perez out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • B. Guyer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Strike looking, Guyer singled to right center, Ramirez to third
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes homered to center, Ramirez and Guyer scored
        • Brian Flynn relieved Danny Duffy
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Allen singled to right
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay singled to center
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Soler popped out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes singled to left
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Gomes to second
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis lined out to center, Gomes to third
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor singled to left, Gomes scored, Gonzalez to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Duda singled to left
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • A. Escobar: Escobar popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomes doubled to left center
        • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right, Gomes to third
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Allen reached on fielder's choice to second, Gomes scored, Gonzalez out at second
        • R. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Davis walked
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor hit by pitch, Allen to third, Davis to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Brantley reached on fielder's choice to first, Allen scored, Davis to third, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to left, Davis and Brantley scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas reached on an infield single to third
        • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez doubled to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ramirez to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Guyer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)