Fillmyer, Royals send Indians to 4th straight loss, 7-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Manager Terry Francona thinks the Indians are a bit tired as they slog their way through August with a big lead in the AL Central.

Corey Kluber says fatigue is no excuse.

Kansas City rookie Heath Fillmyer pitched six strong innings, Lucas Duda homered and the last-place Royals battered Kluber to send Cleveland to its fourth straight loss, 7-1 on Saturday night.

''I think most teams are probably tired,'' Kluber said. ''We've got to find ways to push through, motivate yourself, whatever you want to call it. You have those times where maybe you're a little tired or you're dragging a little bit.''

Fillmyer (2-1) limited the Indians to three hits and two walks, striking out three, and allowed his only run with a second-inning balk.

''He changed speeds extremely well. He worked the inside part of the plate, outside part of the plate,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''For the most part he was ahead in the count and he was on the attack.''

Kansas City pounded out 14 hits, nine against Kluber (16-7), who went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

''I thought he was OK,'' Francona said. ''There were some pitches, a couple of cutters, a couple of fastballs he didn't locate and he really paid for it. I thought his breaking ball was a little bit better. The mistakes, they jumped on them pretty good when he made them.''

The Indians had won 16 of 20 before getting outscored 29-9 in the four consecutive defeats, which matches their season-worst skid.

''We look a little tired,'' Francona said. ''We're going to have to find a way tomorrow to show up and grind our way through and find a way to win. We've got a day off coming on Monday. We have to fight through it.''

Duda hit his 12th homer this season and the 150th of his career in the sixth, a solo shot to right-center field. Two batters later, Hunter Dozier drove in Jorge Bonifacio with a single to put the Royals ahead 5-1 and drive Kluber from the game.

''It feels nice to beat a first-place team and show that we've got a good club here,'' Duda said.

Duda had three hits and scored twice, while Ryan O'Hearn drove in three runs. Prior to 2018, Duda was 3 for 36 in his career against the Indians, but he has eight extra-base hits in 11 games against Cleveland this year, batting .275 (11 for 40).

Fillmyer's balk in the second brought in Yonder Alonso, who had moved to third on the first of Melky Cabrera's two doubles. Three relievers completed the five-hitter.

In the third, Adalberto Mondesi singled, stole second without a throw and scored on Whit Merrifield's hit to right. The stolen base was the first against Kluber in 250 1/3 innings.

''He had three steps before Kluber threw the ball to the plate,'' Yost said. ''Kluber could very easily have stepped off and threw him out. There was a little bit of luck in there, too.''

O'Hearn's double scored Salvador Perez and Duda to give the Royals a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

Merrifield doubled to bring Mondesi in the seventh, and O'Hearn's eighth-inning single brought in Duda, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

Kluber had his five-game win streak against the Royals snapped, and Kansas City's five runs were its most against him since June 15, 2016, when the Royals last beat the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.

''I just felt like there were some pitches I executed pretty well, and you tip your hat to them. They did a good job putting them in play and found some holes with them,'' Kluber said. ''I wasn't perfect by any means. It was one of those days like you feel like maybe it could have gone better, but it is what it is.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Neil Ramirez (lower back spasms) is travelling with the team and throwing. ''He's out there playing catch,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''We're trying to make these things go away.'' ... RHP Cody Anderson (right elbow) was slated to begin a rehab assignment in the Arizona League. It would mark his first regular-season time on the mound since the end of 2016 as he recovers from surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament.

UP NEXT

Seeking their first series sweep in more than a month, the last-place Royals send Jorge Lopez (0-2, 3.99 ERA) to the mound for his third start since being acquired in the trade that sent Mike Moustakas to the Brewers. Shane Bieber (7-2, 4.36) starts for Cleveland.

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  • W: H. Fillmyer (2-1)L: C. Kluber (16-7)
  • HR: KC - L. Duda (12)
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M. Brantley LF40000020.300.356.467.823-1.0
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E. Encarnacion DH40100011.231.316.469.7840.5
Y. Alonso 1B31100111.249.313.445.7592.5
M. Cabrera RF40200012.270.314.447.7613.5
J. Kipnis 2B30000012.216.305.345.650-0.5
Y. Gomes C30100002.260.312.434.7461.0
G. Allen CF30000001.255.292.330.6220.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF40220000.306.374.433.8075.0
    A. Gordon LF40000012.239.320.347.667-0.5
    S. Perez C31100111.232.272.432.7043.5
    L. Duda DH43311011.238.309.404.71310.5
    J. Bonifacio RF31200001.223.307.345.6523.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B30230111.254.323.610.9336.5
    H. Dozier 3B40110003.217.275.348.6232.0
    R. Herrera 2B40100023.234.277.311.5880.0
    A. Mondesi SS42200012.253.272.396.6685.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera 2 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (34), S. Perez (19), L. Duda (12), R. O'Hearn (3)
      • HR - L. Duda (12)
      • SH - J. Bonifacio
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (46), L. Duda (45), R. O'Hearn 3 (15), H. Dozier (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Duda, R. Herrera, A. Mondesi 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (17)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (5)
      • DP - 4 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Alonso-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Brantley-Kipnis)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Herrera-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (L, 16-7)5.19552612.910.98-3.0
      O. Perez0.20000001.250.650.0
      D. Otero1.02110105.591.220.5
      J. Tomlin1.03110006.791.53-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (L, 16-7)5.1
      O. Perez0.2
      D. Otero1.0
      J. Tomlin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer (W, 2-1)6.03112304.211.3823.5
      T. Hill0.21000104.821.39-0.5
      J. Newberry1.10000100.001.093.5
      J. Hammel1.01000105.971.622.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer (W, 2-1)6.0
      T. Hill0.2
      J. Newberry1.1
      J. Hammel1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 88-57, O. Perez 3-2, D. Otero 9-9, J. Tomlin 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-2, O. Perez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, O. Perez, D. Otero 4, J. Tomlin 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Hammel (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 105-60, T. Hill 14-7, J. Newberry 16-10, J. Hammel 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 10-4, T. Hill 1-0, J. Newberry 1-2
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 22, T. Hill 3, J. Newberry 4, J. Hammel 4
      • Balks - H. Fillmyer
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Lindor SS40000001.285.364.533.8960.0
      M. Brantley LF40000020.300.356.467.823-1.0
      J. Ramirez 3B30000100.293.406.6121.0191.0
      E. Encarnacion DH40100011.231.316.469.7840.5
      Y. Alonso 1B31100111.249.313.445.7592.5
      M. Cabrera RF40200012.270.314.447.7613.5
      J. Kipnis 2B30000012.216.305.345.650-0.5
      Y. Gomes C30100002.260.312.434.7461.0
      G. Allen CF30000001.255.292.330.6220.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF40220000.306.374.433.8075.0
        A. Gordon LF40000012.239.320.347.667-0.5
        S. Perez C31100111.232.272.432.7043.5
        L. Duda DH43311011.238.309.404.71310.5
        J. Bonifacio RF31200001.223.307.345.6523.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B30230111.254.323.610.9336.5
        H. Dozier 3B40110003.217.275.348.6232.0
        R. Herrera 2B40100023.234.277.311.5880.0
        A. Mondesi SS42200012.253.272.396.6685.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Cabrera 2 (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (34), S. Perez (19), L. Duda (12), R. O'Hearn (3)
          • HR - L. Duda (12)
          • SH - J. Bonifacio
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (46), L. Duda (45), R. O'Hearn 3 (15), H. Dozier (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Duda, R. Herrera, A. Mondesi 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (17)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (5)
          • DP - 4 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Alonso-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Brantley-Kipnis)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Herrera-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (L, 16-7)5.19552612.910.98-3.0
          O. Perez0.20000001.250.650.0
          D. Otero1.02110105.591.220.5
          J. Tomlin1.03110006.791.53-1.0
          Total8.01477271---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (L, 16-7)5.1
          O. Perez0.2
          D. Otero1.0
          J. Tomlin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Fillmyer (W, 2-1)6.03112304.211.3823.5
          T. Hill0.21000104.821.39-0.5
          J. Newberry1.10000100.001.093.5
          J. Hammel1.01000105.971.622.5
          Total9.0511260---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Fillmyer (W, 2-1)6.0
          T. Hill0.2
          J. Newberry1.1
          J. Hammel1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 88-57, O. Perez 3-2, D. Otero 9-9, J. Tomlin 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-2, O. Perez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 25, O. Perez, D. Otero 4, J. Tomlin 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Hammel (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 105-60, T. Hill 14-7, J. Newberry 16-10, J. Hammel 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 10-4, T. Hill 1-0, J. Newberry 1-2
          • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 22, T. Hill 3, J. Newberry 4, J. Hammel 4
          • Balks - H. Fillmyer
          • 8TH INNING
            O'Hearn singled to center, Duda scored17
          • 7TH INNING
            Merrifield doubled to left, Mondesi scored16
          • 6TH INNING
            Dozier singled to left, Bonifacio scored, O'Hearn to second15
            Duda homered to right center14
          • 4TH INNING
            O'Hearn doubled to right, Perez and Duda scored13
          • 3RD INNING
            Merrifield singled to right, Mondesi scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Alonso scored, Cabrera to third on balk10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Hammel relieved Jake Newberry
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to left center
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion to second on wild pitch, Alonso fouled out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Newberry Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Allen grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Brantley struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Tomlin relieved Dan Otero
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda doubled to deep right
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to left
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn singled to center, Duda scored
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Herrera singled to left center, O'Hearn to second
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mondesi flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera doubled to left
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first, Cabrera to third
            • Jake Newberry relieved Tim Hill
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Gomes popped out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Dan Otero relieved Oliver Perez
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi reached on an infield single to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left, Mondesi scored
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez lined into double play left to second, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Duda homered to right center
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Bonifacio to second
            • H. Dozier: Dozier singled to left, Bonifacio scored, O'Hearn to second
            • Oliver Perez relieved Corey Kluber
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gomes singled to left
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen lined out to center
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to deep right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Perez doubled to deep center
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Bonifacio hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Perez to third, Duda to second
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn doubled to right, Perez and Duda scored
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dozier fouled out to first
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Allen flied out to deep center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Merrifield singled to right, Mondesi scored
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon grounded into double play shortstop to first, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Alonso walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera doubled to right, Alonso to third
            • J. Kipnis: Alonso scored, Cabrera to third on balk, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gomes grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bonifacio singled to right
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bonifacio out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez walked
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)