Lindor says Indians "dragging their feet" after loss to KC

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor believes the Cleveland Indians need a spark.

Lindor homered in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 5-1 loss Monday to the Kansas City Royals, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.

The Indians have lost three straight but still lead the AL Central by 14 games. Their magic number to clinch the division was trimmed to 12 after Minnesota's loss to Houston.

''Our energy is down,'' Lindor said. ''I don't why. Personally, my energy is down. We're at that point in the season where guys are dragging their feet a little. We have to go back to playing the Tribe Way and not taking any pitch for granted. We'll be fine.''

Jakob Junis allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and Ryan O'Hearn homered twice for Kansas City, which has also won eight of nine.

''It's no fluke,'' O'Hearn said. ''Guys are going out, trying to win every day. Everyone is playing really well.''

Junis (8-12) gave up a two-out single to Lindor in the third and a leadoff single to Yonder Alonso in the fifth. The right-hander hit a batter, walked none, struck out six and retired his last nine hitters.

Junis was 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA in his first two starts against the Indians this season.

''Being in the division, these teams see my slider a lot,'' he said. ''Using my heater more was definitely the difference.''

Brian Flynn pitched a scoreless eighth and Wily Peralta began the ninth with a 5-0 lead. Lindor homered with one out, Michael Brantley singled and Peralta walked Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion on eight pitches.

Left-hander Tim Hill relieved, and pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz hit a hard grounder that second baseman Whit Merrifield turned into a game-ending double play. Hill recorded his second save.

''That was a great play by Whit, a great play,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''That's why you bring Timmy in, to get a ground ball.''

Lindor has 30 homers this season. He joins Jose Ramirez, who has 37 home runs, as the first pair of switch-hitting teammates in major league history to each have 30 or more homers in a season.

O'Hearn had the first multihomer game of his career. He led off the fourth with a home run and hit a two-run drive in the sixth. Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier hit solo homers.

Adam Plutko (4-5) gave up three homers and allowed four runs in six innings. The right-hander had a career-high eight strikeouts.

Kansas City took two of three from Cleveland at Kaufmann Stadium last month and Junis made certain that trend continued. He retired the first eight batters before hitting Greg Allen with a pitch in the third. Lindor sent Allen to third with a single, but the inning ended with an out on the bases.

Lindor broke for second and was caught in a rundown when catcher Cam Gallagher threw to shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. The rundown continued until Allen finally broke for home, and Merrifield threw to Gallagher, who applied the tag.

NICE DEBUT

Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in Triple-A on Monday after the Indians placed him on the disabled list to give him more time to rehab a calf injury in the minor leagues. Donaldson, playing for Columbus, also walked and lined out against Toledo. Donaldson, acquired from Toronto on Friday, will work out with the Indians on Tuesday and continue his rehab assignment for Double-A Akron in the Eastern League playoffs this week.

''That was good,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''It sounded like everything else went well, too, and he made all the plays.''

HEAR THE BUZZ

The Cleveland National Air Show, held at a nearby airport, ended Monday. Players and fans turned their attention to jets that flew around the ballpark in the early innings.

FEEL THE HEAT

Temperatures for the three-game series will be near 90 degrees each day, a stark contrast from the first time the Royals were in town. The gametime temperature of 32 degrees on April 8 set a Progressive Field record.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) sat out his fifth straight game, but manager Ned Yost said he is improving and remains day-to-day. The six-time All-Star last played on Aug. 28 against Detroit.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Danny Duffy (8-11, 4.72 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (10-7, 3.17 ERA) in the second game of the series. Clevinger has made three starts against Kansas City this season, going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

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  • W: J. Junis (8-12)L: A. Plutko (4-5)S: T. Hill (2)
  • HR: KC - J. Bonifacio (2), H. Dozier (9), R. O'Hearn 2 (9), CLE - F. Lindor (30)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B50000013.309.374.444.818-0.5
A. Gordon LF50000033.239.318.352.670-1.5
H. Dozier DH42211001.235.287.399.6868.0
R. O'Hearn 1B42332000.268.341.646.98715.0
J. Bonifacio RF41111031.241.321.373.6944.5
B. Goodwin CF40100001.266.352.426.7771.0
A. Mondesi SS40200021.272.292.451.7432.0
A. Escobar 3B40100022.218.269.300.5692.0
C. Gallagher C40100012.235.278.382.6600.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41211010.285.360.522.8836.5
    M. Brantley LF40100000.304.357.465.8221.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000110.287.400.590.9900.5
    E. Encarnacion DH30000100.233.322.475.7971.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100010.244.310.432.7420.5
    a- Y. Diaz PH10000003.305.328.373.7010.0
    M. Cabrera RF30000001.277.328.440.7690.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000011.226.312.373.685-0.5
    Y. Gomes C30000021.255.305.423.728-1.0
    G. Allen CF20000000.238.278.309.5880.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Alonso in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. O'Hearn (4), A. Mondesi (9)
    • HR - H. Dozier (9), R. O'Hearn 2 (9), J. Bonifacio (2)
    • RBI - H. Dozier (25), R. O'Hearn 3 (22), J. Bonifacio (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, B. Goodwin, A. Escobar 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - F. Lindor (30)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (79)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gomes
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Escobar (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - G. Allen (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
    • E - B. Goodwin (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (W, 8-12)7.02000604.321.2532.0
    B. Flynn1.00000003.861.603.0
    W. Peralta0.12112013.911.43-5.0
    T. Hill (S, 2)0.20000004.621.337.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (W, 8-12)7.0
    B. Flynn1.0
    W. Peralta0.1
    T. Hill (S, 2)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko (L, 4-5)6.07440835.041.246.0
    D. Otero1.00000105.511.203.5
    J. Edwards1.02110214.500.00-
    N. Ramirez1.02000104.671.271.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko (L, 4-5)6.0
    D. Otero1.0
    J. Edwards1.0
    N. Ramirez1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Junis (15)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 93-60, B. Flynn 9-6, W. Peralta 16-6, T. Hill 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-8, B. Flynn 1-2, W. Peralta 1-0, T. Hill 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, B. Flynn 3, W. Peralta 5, T. Hill
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 95-64, D. Otero 15-9, J. Edwards 24-19, N. Ramirez 25-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 6-4, D. Otero 2-0, N. Ramirez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, D. Otero 3, J. Edwards 5, N. Ramirez 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B50000013.309.374.444.818-0.5
    A. Gordon LF50000033.239.318.352.670-1.5
    H. Dozier DH42211001.235.287.399.6868.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B42332000.268.341.646.98715.0
    J. Bonifacio RF41111031.241.321.373.6944.5
    B. Goodwin CF40100001.266.352.426.7771.0
    A. Mondesi SS40200021.272.292.451.7432.0
    A. Escobar 3B40100022.218.269.300.5692.0
    C. Gallagher C40100012.235.278.382.6600.5
    Total385115401214-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS41211010.285.360.522.8836.5
      M. Brantley LF40100000.304.357.465.8221.0
      J. Ramirez 3B30000110.287.400.590.9900.5
      E. Encarnacion DH30000100.233.322.475.7971.0
      Y. Alonso 1B30100010.244.310.432.7420.5
      a- Y. Diaz PH10000003.305.328.373.7010.0
      M. Cabrera RF30000001.277.328.440.7690.0
      J. Kipnis 2B30000011.226.312.373.685-0.5
      Y. Gomes C30000021.255.305.423.728-1.0
      G. Allen CF20000000.238.278.309.5880.0
      Total291411266-----
      • a-grounded into a double play for Alonso in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. O'Hearn (4), A. Mondesi (9)
      • HR - H. Dozier (9), R. O'Hearn 2 (9), J. Bonifacio (2)
      • RBI - H. Dozier (25), R. O'Hearn 3 (22), J. Bonifacio (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, B. Goodwin, A. Escobar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - F. Lindor (30)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (79)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gomes
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Escobar (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Allen (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      • E - B. Goodwin (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 8-12)7.02000604.321.2532.0
      B. Flynn1.00000003.861.603.0
      W. Peralta0.12112013.911.43-5.0
      T. Hill (S, 2)0.20000004.621.337.0
      Total9.0411261---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 8-12)7.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      W. Peralta0.1
      T. Hill (S, 2)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (L, 4-5)6.07440835.041.246.0
      D. Otero1.00000105.511.203.5
      J. Edwards1.02110214.500.00-
      N. Ramirez1.02000104.671.271.5
      Total9.011550124---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (L, 4-5)6.0
      D. Otero1.0
      J. Edwards1.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (15)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 93-60, B. Flynn 9-6, W. Peralta 16-6, T. Hill 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-8, B. Flynn 1-2, W. Peralta 1-0, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, B. Flynn 3, W. Peralta 5, T. Hill
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 95-64, D. Otero 15-9, J. Edwards 24-19, N. Ramirez 25-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 6-4, D. Otero 2-0, N. Ramirez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, D. Otero 3, J. Edwards 5, N. Ramirez 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right center51
      • 8TH INNING
        Dozier homered to left50
      • 6TH INNING
        O'Hearn homered to right, Dozier scored40
      • 4TH INNING
        O'Hearn homered to center20
      • 2ND INNING
        Bonifacio homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Jon Edwards
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to right
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to deep left, Mondesi to third
        • C. Gallagher: Gallagher flied out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar stole second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wily Peralta relieved Brian Flynn
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Lindor homered to right center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
        • Tim Hill relieved Wily Peralta
        • Yandy Diaz hit for Yonder Alonso
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jon Edwards relieved Dan Otero
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier homered to left
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, O'Hearn doubled to deep left
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Goodwin lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Kipnis lined out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dan Otero relieved Adam Plutko
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallagher grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier singled to left center
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn homered to right, Dozier scored
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to first
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen flied out to left
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to right center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn homered to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin singled to right
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gallagher singled to right
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis flied out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen hit by pitch
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Lindor singled to center, Allen to third on center fielder Goodwin fielding error
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Allen caught stealing home, catcher to shortstop to first to second to catcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio homered to left
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to first
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi doubled to deep right
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion fouled out to first
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera lined out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)