Bauer, Indians beat Royals 3-2 for 3-game sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Trevor Bauer made plenty of quality pitches, but it was Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez who made the best throw of the night.

Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning as the Indians beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

With the Royals trailing by one in the eighth, Whit Merrifield hit a leadoff double before Perez nabbed him attempting to steal third.

''It was a huge play,'' Bauer said.

Merrifield, the 2017 AL stolen base champion, said he got a good jump

''They executed. I executed,'' Merrifield said. ''They got me this time. It was the right play. If I had a chance to do it again, I'd do it again.''

Perez gave credit to Bauer.

''He was thinking he was going to try and steal,'' Perez said. ''He called fastball up and in and I thought that was the game right there. That was on Bauer. He hit me right in the chest and I made a strong throw, and (Jose) Ramirez made a good tag on him. I was fired up.''

Michael Brantley had an early RBI double and the Indians scored all their runs in the first three innings on only one hit. Bauer struck out eight and walked one over 7 2/3 innings.

The plummeting Royals have lost six straight and 18 of 21. They have scored four or fewer runs in 25 of their past 26 games and are barely ahead of Baltimore for the worst record in the majors.

After winning on grand slams by Francisco Lindor and Yan Gomes the previous two nights, the Indians managed only four hits - two in the ninth inning.

Bauer (8-6) has struck out eight or more in eight consecutive starts. He allowed seven hits, six of them singles, and is 3-1 in his past four starts.

''It was frustrating in a lot of ways and I was happy the team won,'' Bauer said. ''I made some good pitches and gave up some weak hits. I had too many two-strike pitches put into play. I need to clean that up.''

Cody Allen worked the ninth to earn his 18th save in 19 chances. It was his 140th career save, breaking a tie with Bob Wickman for the club record.

Lindor walked to start the game, stole second and scored on Brantley's double. Brantley went to third on Ramirez's flyout and scored on Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly.

The Indians manufactured a run without a hit in the second. Jason Kipnis and Tyler Naquin opened the inning with walks. Perez advanced both with a sacrifice bunt, and Greg Allen delivered a sacrifice fly.

Kansas City used a double steal to create a run in the second. Alex Gordon, who was hit by a pitch, and Hunter Dozier, who reached on an infield single, were at the corners with two outs. They pulled off a successful double steal, with Gordon scoring. It was Dozier's first career steal.

The last Royals player to steal home was Alex Rios on July 20, 2015, against Pittsburgh, also as part of a double steal.

Alcides Escobar singled in the Kansas City fifth and advanced to third on Drew Butera's one-out single. Escobar scored on Merrifield's sacrifice fly.

Royals starter Trevor Oaks (0-2), recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Ian Kennedy's spot in the rotation, was removed after four innings and 73 pitches. He allowed three runs on two hits and four walks.

''The leadoff walks and not having good command, just really frustrating when I've walked like one or two guys an outing and now I'm back to four,'' Oaks said.

Oaks had a 0.62 ERA in his last seven Triple-A starts. Kennedy went on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

THE HOT CORNER

Dozier made his first big league start at third base. Dozier played 401 games at third, starting 281, in the Royals' minor league system. He had started 35 games at first base, two in right field and two as the DH this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Brandon Guyer (bruised left knee) did not play after fouling a pitch off his leg in the ninth inning Tuesday. X-rays were negative. ... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday. ... LHP Tyler Olson (shoulder strain) threw 17 pitches for Triple-A Columbus on a rehab assignment. He retired two batters, walked one, struck out one and did not allow a hit.

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas (back spasms) was held out of the lineup for the second straight game. ''It's not serious at all,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''He came in today and still felt it a little bit. With an off day tomorrow, there's no sense in pushing it.'' ... OF Bubba Starling (oblique strain) was sent to the rookie-level Arizona League to begin a rehab assignment. Starling, a 2011 first-round draft pick, has not played since May 10 with Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

Indians: Open a homestand Friday against the Athletics with RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-5, 4.24 ERA) starting. Oakland will counter with RHP Paul Blackburn (2-2, 6.46).

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (2-10, 5.56) starts Friday night against the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.41) gets the ball for Boston.

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  • W: T. Bauer (8-6)L: T. Oaks (0-2)S: C. Allen (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS41000103.297.374.573.9484.0
M. Brantley LF31110100.306.353.488.8415.0
J. Ramirez 3B30000102.294.398.600.9985.0
E. Encarnacion DH20010112.225.305.467.7721.5
Y. Alonso 1B40000032.257.327.441.768-1.5
J. Kipnis 2B31100100.215.296.341.6374.0
T. Naquin RF30000101.273.310.364.6741.0
R. Perez C30100011.146.231.229.4610.5
G. Allen CF30110001.208.248.302.5502.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30110010.288.358.411.7691.5
    R. Herrera CF30100111.253.269.360.6290.5
    S. Perez DH40200023.214.255.381.6371.0
    L. Duda 1B40000022.245.307.405.712-1.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40000020.250.318.300.618-1.0
    A. Gordon LF31100010.247.327.342.6695.5
    H. Dozier 3B40100011.223.281.351.6332.5
    A. Escobar SS41100012.193.243.269.5121.5
    D. Butera C30100011.153.236.224.4610.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (20), J. Kipnis (17)
      • SF - E. Encarnacion (2), G. Allen
      • SH - R. Perez (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (48), E. Encarnacion (58), G. Allen (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (24), A. Gordon (8)
      • SF - W. Merrifield (4)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (27)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (11), J. Ramirez 2 (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Gordon (5), H. Dozier
      • CS - W. Merrifield (5), R. Herrera (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Perez-Kipnis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 8-6)7.27221802.451.0925.0
      O. Perez (H, 6)0.10000100.820.640.5
      C. Allen (S, 18)1.01000303.381.1010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 8-6)7.2
      O. Perez (H, 6)0.1
      C. Allen (S, 18)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Oaks (L, 0-2)4.02334207.241.98-1.0
      H. Fillmyer3.00001202.000.789.0
      T. Hill1.00001105.471.422.5
      W. Peralta1.02000001.351.501.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Oaks (L, 0-2)4.0
      H. Fillmyer3.0
      T. Hill1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Bauer (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-68, O. Perez 6-4, C. Allen 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 1-12
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 30, O. Perez, C. Allen 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Peralta (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Oaks 73-44, H. Fillmyer 40-23, T. Hill 14-9, W. Peralta 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Oaks 5-5, H. Fillmyer 5-2, T. Hill 1-1, W. Peralta 1-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Oaks 18, H. Fillmyer 10, T. Hill 4, W. Peralta 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS41000103.297.374.573.9484.0
      M. Brantley LF31110100.306.353.488.8415.0
      J. Ramirez 3B30000102.294.398.600.9985.0
      E. Encarnacion DH20010112.225.305.467.7721.5
      Y. Alonso 1B40000032.257.327.441.768-1.5
      J. Kipnis 2B31100100.215.296.341.6374.0
      T. Naquin RF30000101.273.310.364.6741.0
      R. Perez C30100011.146.231.229.4610.5
      G. Allen CF30110001.208.248.302.5502.0
      Total2834306512-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B30110010.288.358.411.7691.5
        R. Herrera CF30100111.253.269.360.6290.5
        S. Perez DH40200023.214.255.381.6371.0
        L. Duda 1B40000022.245.307.405.712-1.0
        J. Bonifacio RF40000020.250.318.300.618-1.0
        A. Gordon LF31100010.247.327.342.6695.5
        H. Dozier 3B40100011.223.281.351.6332.5
        A. Escobar SS41100012.193.243.269.5121.5
        D. Butera C30100011.153.236.224.4610.5
        Total32281011210-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (20), J. Kipnis (17)
          • SF - E. Encarnacion (2), G. Allen
          • SH - R. Perez (2)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (48), E. Encarnacion (58), G. Allen (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (24), A. Gordon (8)
          • SF - W. Merrifield (4)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (27)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - F. Lindor (11), J. Ramirez 2 (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Gordon (5), H. Dozier
          • CS - W. Merrifield (5), R. Herrera (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Perez-Kipnis)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer (W, 8-6)7.27221802.451.0925.0
          O. Perez (H, 6)0.10000100.820.640.5
          C. Allen (S, 18)1.01000303.381.1010.5
          Total9.08221120---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer (W, 8-6)7.2
          O. Perez (H, 6)0.1
          C. Allen (S, 18)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Oaks (L, 0-2)4.02334207.241.98-1.0
          H. Fillmyer3.00001202.000.789.0
          T. Hill1.00001105.471.422.5
          W. Peralta1.02000001.351.501.0
          Total9.0433650---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Oaks (L, 0-2)4.0
          H. Fillmyer3.0
          T. Hill1.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Bauer (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-68, O. Perez 6-4, C. Allen 17-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 1-12
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 30, O. Perez, C. Allen 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Peralta (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Oaks 73-44, H. Fillmyer 40-23, T. Hill 14-9, W. Peralta 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Oaks 5-5, H. Fillmyer 5-2, T. Hill 1-1, W. Peralta 1-2
          • Batters Faced - T. Oaks 18, H. Fillmyer 10, T. Hill 4, W. Peralta 5
          • 5TH INNING
            Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored32
          • 2ND INNING
            Gordon stole home31
            Allen hit sacrifice fly to center, Kipnis scored, Naquin to third30
          • 1ST INNING
            Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored20
            Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Tim Hill
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to center
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin lined out to right
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez singled to center
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Allen singled to right, Perez to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Perez to third, Allen to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Bonifacio struck out on foul tip
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to third, Brantley out at second
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Encarnacion fouled out to right
            • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield doubled to left
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to shallow left
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to third, Perez singled to shallow center
            • Oliver Perez relieved Trevor Bauer
            • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen lined out to left
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to left
            • D. Butera: Butera flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to center
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Heath Fillmyer relieved Trevor Oaks
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar singled to shallow right
            • D. Butera: Pickoff attempt, Butera singled to shallow right, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked, Butera to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Oaks Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to deep right center
            • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Naquin flied out to deep center
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda lined out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon popped out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Oaks Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez fouled out to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Herrera reached on an infield single to second
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Herrera caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Oaks Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Naquin walked, Kipnis to second
            • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Kipnis to third, Naquin to second
            • G. Allen: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen hit sacrifice fly to center, Kipnis scored, Naquin to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gordon to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to deep right, Gordon to third
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon stole home, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Oaks Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Lindor stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brantley doubled to deep right, Lindor scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center, Brantley to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to center
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez singled to center
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda popped out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)