Lindor has 2 HRs, 7 RBIs as Indians beat Royals 9-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Francisco Lindor had an exceptional Monday after a very good Sunday.

Lindor homered twice, including a grand slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Monday night.

On Sunday, he had two doubles and a solo homer in Oakland.

Lindor homered in the fourth after Yan Gomes singled and Jakob Junis hit Tyler Naquin and Rajai Davis with pitches. He added a three-run homer in the sixth to finish Junis' evening.

''One was a changeup and the other one was a slider,'' said Lindor, who has 23 home runs. ''My approach is hit the ball and if it goes out it goes out. It was a good pitch to hit (on the grand slam). I was just trying to get one guy in. I'm not a power hitter. Just get a good pitch to hit and drive it.''

Lindor has 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 54 games against the Royals.

''Just a routine day for him, today and yesterday,'' Indians starter Corey Kluber said. ''He continues to get better, which is kind of scary.''

Kluber (12-4), who failed to make it out of the second inning in his previous start at St. Louis, gave up two runs in the first, but little after that. He allowed three runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out five over six innings.

Davis had three hits and scored three runs.

''I got myself into trouble with a couple of hit batters and good teams are going to take advantage of that,'' Junis said.

Junis (5-10) has lost his last seven starts and is tied with teammate Jason Hammel for most losses in the American League. He has yielded a major league-high 24 home runs, including 12 in his last five starts over 27 innings.

''You worry about his confidence more than anything else,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Again, it's an easy fix. When you're off the side of the slider, it's gonna be a cement mixer. He started off good, just didn't end that good.''

Whit Merrifield homered on Kluber's third pitch for his fourth career leadoff home run. Salvador Perez singled home Mike Moustakas, who had doubled, in an 11-pitch at-bat for the other Kansas City run in the first.

Jorge Bonifacio logged his first RBI of the season in the Kansas City sixth after being suspended the first 80 games for taking a performance enhancing drug.

The Royals have lost 23 of their last 28 games. They are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the most losses in the majors with 54. They scored four runs or fewer for the 23rd time in the last 24 games.

ROYALS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK

The Royals signed right-hander Jackson Kowar, a first-round compensation selection and the 33rd overall pick, to a $2.118.700 signing bonus. He went 10-5 with a 3.04 ERA as a Florida junior.

GOODBYE LEBRON

LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. ''If someone gave me $154 million I'd probably go somewhere too,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He did what he said he was going to do. He got them a championship. When you're a free agent, you've earned that right. I will miss him, because I loved going to games when he played. It's hard to begrudge somebody. He earned it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RF Lonnie Chisenhall was a late scratch with a strained left calf. Francona said Chisenhall would definitely go on the disabled list. ... RHP Danny Salazar underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in Dallas. ''It just kind of came to a point,'' Francona said. ''That's the last option. You try everything else before you go into somebody's shoulder. The good side is there was no structural (damage). The rotator cuff was good. They cleaned him out. It's a shame we lost him for the whole year.''

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his first four big league starts.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is winless in six home starts this season, going 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA.

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  • W: C. Kluber (12-4)L: J. Junis (5-10)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor 2 (23), KC - W. Merrifield (5)
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E. Gonzalez SS00000000.293.338.453.7910.0
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B. Guyer LF00000000.155.248.299.5470.0
J. Ramirez 3B40200101.298.402.6121.0147.0
E. Encarnacion DH40010012.230.307.477.7840.5
Y. Alonso 1B40000101.253.323.442.7651.0
J. Kipnis 2B50000011.214.293.338.631-0.5
Y. Gomes C31200000.254.319.451.7704.0
T. Naquin RF32100002.282.315.376.6914.0
R. Davis CF33300000.258.317.311.6288.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41111000.288.359.410.7696.0
    R. Herrera CF41100000.224.232.328.5602.0
    M. Moustakas DH41100011.258.312.472.7842.5
    S. Perez C40110001.213.253.386.6382.0
    L. Duda 1B30100021.245.310.387.6970.0
    a- H. Dozier PH10100000.221.283.357.6401.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40210002.308.357.308.6653.0
    A. Gordon LF30000003.246.326.339.6650.0
    b- A. Almonte PH10000001.186.264.295.5580.0
    A. Escobar 3B30000010.191.243.270.513-0.5
    A. Mondesi SS30000010.184.205.342.547-0.5
    • a-singled for Duda in the 9th
    • b-grounded into a double play for Gordon in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez 2 (24), R. Davis (4)
    • HR - F. Lindor 2 (23)
    • SF - M. Brantley (4), E. Encarnacion
    • SH - F. Lindor (3)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 7 (55), M. Brantley (47), E. Encarnacion (57)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moustakas (18)
    • HR - W. Merrifield (5)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (25), S. Perez (33), J. Bonifacio
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (15)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Alonso-Gonzalez-Rzepczynski)
    • PB - Y. Gomes (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Duda; Merrifield-Mondesi-Duda)
    • E - J. Junis
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 12-4)6.07330512.640.8720.5
    D. Otero1.00000005.871.043.0
    G. Kontos1.00000004.681.323.0
    M. Rzepczynski1.01000008.002.562.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 12-4)6.0
    D. Otero1.0
    G. Kontos1.0
    M. Rzepczynski1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (L, 5-10)5.18981225.131.29-6.0
    B. Flynn2.23000003.861.693.0
    J. Adam1.00001004.151.272.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (L, 5-10)5.1
    B. Flynn2.2
    J. Adam1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 99-63, D. Otero 14-10, G. Kontos 11-9, M. Rzepczynski 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-6, D. Otero 1-2, G. Kontos 3-0, M. Rzepczynski 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, D. Otero 3, G. Kontos 3, M. Rzepczynski 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Junis 3 (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-60, B. Flynn 32-21, J. Adam 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-6, B. Flynn 5-2, J. Adam 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 28, B. Flynn 10, J. Adam 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CLE46-37
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    KC25-59
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS43272001.298.373.581.95418.0
    E. Gonzalez SS00000000.293.338.453.7910.0
    M. Brantley LF40110001.307.353.491.8452.0
    B. Guyer LF00000000.155.248.299.5470.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40200101.298.402.6121.0147.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40010012.230.307.477.7840.5
    Y. Alonso 1B40000101.253.323.442.7651.0
    J. Kipnis 2B50000011.214.293.338.631-0.5
    Y. Gomes C31200000.254.319.451.7704.0
    T. Naquin RF32100002.282.315.376.6914.0
    R. Davis CF33300000.258.317.311.6288.0
    Total3491192226-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B41111000.288.359.410.7696.0
      R. Herrera CF41100000.224.232.328.5602.0
      M. Moustakas DH41100011.258.312.472.7842.5
      S. Perez C40110001.213.253.386.6382.0
      L. Duda 1B30100021.245.310.387.6970.0
      a- H. Dozier PH10100000.221.283.357.6401.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40210002.308.357.308.6653.0
      A. Gordon LF30000003.246.326.339.6650.0
      b- A. Almonte PH10000001.186.264.295.5580.0
      A. Escobar 3B30000010.191.243.270.513-0.5
      A. Mondesi SS30000010.184.205.342.547-0.5
      Total343831054-----
      • a-singled for Duda in the 9th
      • b-grounded into a double play for Gordon in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez 2 (24), R. Davis (4)
      • HR - F. Lindor 2 (23)
      • SF - M. Brantley (4), E. Encarnacion
      • SH - F. Lindor (3)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 7 (55), M. Brantley (47), E. Encarnacion (57)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (18)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (5)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (25), S. Perez (33), J. Bonifacio
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (15)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Alonso-Gonzalez-Rzepczynski)
      • PB - Y. Gomes (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Duda; Merrifield-Mondesi-Duda)
      • E - J. Junis
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 12-4)6.07330512.640.8720.5
      D. Otero1.00000005.871.043.0
      G. Kontos1.00000004.681.323.0
      M. Rzepczynski1.01000008.002.562.0
      Total9.0833051---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 12-4)6.0
      D. Otero1.0
      G. Kontos1.0
      M. Rzepczynski1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-10)5.18981225.131.29-6.0
      B. Flynn2.23000003.861.693.0
      J. Adam1.00001004.151.272.0
      Total9.01198222---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-10)5.1
      B. Flynn2.2
      J. Adam1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 99-63, D. Otero 14-10, G. Kontos 11-9, M. Rzepczynski 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 7-6, D. Otero 1-2, G. Kontos 3-0, M. Rzepczynski 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, D. Otero 3, G. Kontos 3, M. Rzepczynski 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis 3 (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-60, B. Flynn 32-21, J. Adam 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 8-6, B. Flynn 5-2, J. Adam 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 28, B. Flynn 10, J. Adam 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Bonifacio singled to right, Herrera scored, Duda to second93
        Lindor homered to right center, Naquin and Davis scored92
      • 4TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right, Gomes, Naquin and Davis scored62
      • 3RD INNING
        Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to right, Lindor scored, Ramirez to third22
        Brantley hit sacrifice fly to right, Davis scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Perez singled to shallow center, Moustakas scored02
        Merrifield homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kipnis grounded into fielder's choice to second, Alonso out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved George Kontos
        • Hunter Dozier hit for Lucas Duda
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio flied out to right
        • Abraham Almonte hit for Alex Gordon
        • A. Almonte: Almonte grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Dozier out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Guyer in left field
        • Erik Gonzalez at shortstop
        • George Kontos relieved Dan Otero
        • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Kipnis grounded out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes singled to shallow left
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Naquin grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dan Otero relieved Corey Kluber
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gomes flied out to right
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Naquin singled to left
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis singled to center, Naquin to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor homered to right center, Naquin and Davis scored
        • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez doubled to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Herrera singled to shallow right
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda singled to shallow center, Herrera to third
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio singled to right, Herrera scored, Duda to second
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to first
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi lined out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes singled to right center
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Naquin hit by pitch, Gomes to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Davis hit by pitch, Gomes to third, Naquin to second
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor homered to right, Gomes, Naquin and Davis scored
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined into double play first, Brantley out at first
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez flied out to deep left
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio singled to left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Davis doubled to left
        • F. Lindor: Lindor hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Davis to third on Junis fielding error
        • M. Brantley: Brantley hit sacrifice fly to right, Davis scored
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Lindor to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to right, Lindor scored, Ramirez to third
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to second
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas fouled out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep left
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomes hit by pitch
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield homered to left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas doubled to right center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to shallow center, Moustakas scored
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Perez to second on passed ball, Bonifacio flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)