Carrasco and Bauer stifle Royals' bats in Indians' 2-1 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Carrasco was sharp in Cleveland's regular-season finale, then proclaimed himself ready for what's next to come.

Carrasco and Trevor Bauer combined for a five-hitter, Francisco Lindor homered and scored twice, and the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Sunday.

Carrasco (17-10) was working with a limited pitch count in a tuneup before an anticipated start in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Houston on Saturday. He went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking two and striking out six.

''I finished the season strong,'' said Carrasco, who wrapped up the regular season with a 3.38 ERA. ''More important is getting ready for the postseason. The way that I pitched today, I just tried to find myself and get ready for that game. Everything that I'm looking for, I found it.''

Manager Terry Francona saw a lot to be happy with.

''He threw the ball really well,'' Francona said. ''Good changeup and breaking ball. I think he's situated in a really good place heading to the playoffs.''

Bauer took over in the sixth, hurling four scoreless innings of relief while striking out two for his first career save.

Bauer ended the season with a 2.21 ERA, second in the American League to Tampa Bay's Blake Snell.

Carrasco struck out 231 on the year, leading the Indians. Bauer struck out 221.

The Indians opened the scoring after Lindor led off the game by reaching on an error when Eric Skoglund (1-6) fumbled his grounder. After stealing second, Lindor then stole third and scored when Alcides Escobar failed to catch the throw to third for the second error of the inning.

Lindor drilled a 1-0 pitch into the stands in left-center field to lead off the third, extending the Indians' lead to 2-0. He hit seven of his 38 homers this year against the Royals.

The Indians finished the season 91-71, their sixth straight year above .500. It is their longest streak since they had winning records eight years in a row from 1994 through 2001.

Skoglund allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out three over five innings.

''I thought he was flat today,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''I don't think he was very sharp. He grinded it out. Even when he doesn't have his best stuff, he kept us in the ballgame against our division champion. I'm very proud of his effort today.''

The Royals got on the board in the fifth when Brian Goodwin led off with a hit and stole second, then scored on Meibrys Viloria's single.

Whit Merrifield closed the season with a single in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games. The streak was the longest of the year in the majors.

Kansas City's attendance fell by 555,213 from the previous year - nearly 7,000 per game - and finished at 1,665,107, the team's lowest since 2010. The club stumbled to its worst season since 2005, when it set a team record for most losses at 106. The 58-104 mark this year matched the 2004 team for the second-worst record in franchise history. This was the fifth time the club lost at least 100 games.

Yost will be back in 2019, however. The Royals announced a one-year extension before the game.

AT THE TOP

Lindor finished tied for the league lead in runs - he and Boston's Mookie Betts both had 129.

''That's a lot of runs,'' Francona said. ''(With) him leading off, that's the most important stat. He's done a lot of things really well. When you score that many runs, that's a huge number for us.''

Merrifield finished the season with 192 hits and 45 stolen bases, leading the majors in both categories.

''It was a monster accomplishment,'' Yost said. ''Leading baseball in stolen bases is huge, but leading baseball in hits is monstrous.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: C Yan Gomes' hand injury required two stitches but is not expected to prevent him from being available for the playoffs. ''The doctors and trainers all think he's going to be OK,'' Francona said. ... OF Tyler Naquin is returning from rehab in Arizona to join the team in time for Tuesday's scrimmage. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall has been running the bases and hitting, but will not join the team, instead returning to his home in North Carolina as his family deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

UP NEXT

RHP Corey Kluber takes the mound for Cleveland in the first game of the ALDS at Houston on Friday.

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  • a-walked for Diaz in the 8th
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B. Phillips LF20000111.187.252.306.5580.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Donaldson (14), Y. Diaz (5)
    • HR - F. Lindor (38)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (92)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Donaldson 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), B. Barnes 2 (2), E. Haase 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - M. Viloria (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 2 (2), S. Perez, R. O'Hearn, A. Escobar, B. Phillips
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor 2 (25), M. Brantley (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (45), A. Mondesi (32), B. Goodwin (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Haase
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
    • E - A. Escobar (13), E. Skoglund
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (W, 17-10)5.03112603.381.1319.0
    T. Bauer (S, 1)4.02000202.211.0918.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (W, 17-10)5.0
    T. Bauer (S, 1)4.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Skoglund (L, 1-6)5.03212315.141.215.5
    B. Flynn1.01001104.041.611.5
    B. Lively2.02001305.641.854.5
    K. McCarthy1.00000103.251.253.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Skoglund (L, 1-6)5.0
    B. Flynn1.0
    B. Lively2.0
    K. McCarthy1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-49, T. Bauer 51-30
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-3, T. Bauer 5-5
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 20, T. Bauer 14
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Skoglund (3), B. Flynn (5)
    • HBP - E. Skoglund (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 85-50, B. Flynn 20-8, B. Lively 35-24, K. McCarthy 7-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-6, B. Lively 1-2, K. McCarthy 1-1
    • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 21, B. Flynn 5, B. Lively 9, K. McCarthy 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS42111100.277.352.519.87112.0
    M. Brantley LF30100012.309.364.468.8323.5
    R. Davis PR-LF10000000.224.278.281.5590.0
    J. Ramirez 2B40000012.272.388.555.944-0.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40200011.246.336.474.8101.5
    J. Donaldson 3B30100002.246.352.449.8012.0
    A. Rosales PR-3B10000011.211.250.421.671-0.5
    Y. Diaz 1B10100200.312.375.422.7974.0
    a- Y. Alonso PH-1B00000100.250.317.421.7381.0
    M. Cabrera RF30000004.280.335.420.7550.0
    G. Allen CF10000002.257.310.343.6540.0
    J. Kipnis CF30000024.230.315.389.704-1.0
    B. Barnes RF10000002.263.333.421.7540.0
    E. Haase C40000022.125.176.125.301-1.0
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    • a-walked for Diaz in the 8th
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    A. Mondesi SS30000113.276.306.498.8042.5
    S. Perez DH40000022.235.274.439.713-1.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B40000001.262.353.597.9500.0
    R. Herrera RF-2B40100000.234.286.317.6021.0
    B. Goodwin CF41100011.239.318.390.7083.5
    A. Escobar 3B40100002.231.279.313.5931.0
    B. Phillips LF20000111.187.252.306.5580.5
    M. Viloria C30110010.259.286.333.6191.5
    Total3215102812-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Donaldson (14), Y. Diaz (5)
      • HR - F. Lindor (38)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (92)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Donaldson 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), B. Barnes 2 (2), E. Haase 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Viloria (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 2 (2), S. Perez, R. O'Hearn, A. Escobar, B. Phillips
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor 2 (25), M. Brantley (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (45), A. Mondesi (32), B. Goodwin (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Haase
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      • E - A. Escobar (13), E. Skoglund
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (W, 17-10)5.03112603.381.1319.0
      T. Bauer (S, 1)4.02000202.211.0918.0
      Total9.0511280---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (W, 17-10)5.0
      T. Bauer (S, 1)4.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-6)5.03212315.141.215.5
      B. Flynn1.01001104.041.611.5
      B. Lively2.02001305.641.854.5
      K. McCarthy1.00000103.251.253.5
      Total9.0621481---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-6)5.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      B. Lively2.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-49, T. Bauer 51-30
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-3, T. Bauer 5-5
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 20, T. Bauer 14
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Skoglund (3), B. Flynn (5)
      • HBP - E. Skoglund (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 85-50, B. Flynn 20-8, B. Lively 35-24, K. McCarthy 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-6, B. Lively 1-2, K. McCarthy 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 21, B. Flynn 5, B. Lively 9, K. McCarthy 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Viloria singled to center, Goodwin scored, Phillips to second21
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor homered to left center20
      • 1ST INNING
        Lindor stole home10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Ben Lively
        • E. Haase: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Haase struck out on foul tip
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn lined out to center
        • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera reached on an infield single to second
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Lively Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
        • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rosales struck out on foul tip
        • Yonder Alonso hit for Yandy Diaz
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen reached on fielder's choice to first, Encarnacion to third, Alonso out at second
        • B. Barnes: Foul, Barnes flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Viloria grounded out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Merrifield stole third
        • Jorge Bonifacio ran for Whit Merrifield
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ben Lively relieved Brian Flynn
        • E. Haase: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lindor lined out to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to left center
        • Rajai Davis ran for Michael Brantley
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar popped out to second
        • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Brian Flynn relieved Eric Skoglund
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion lined out to shortstop
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson doubled to deep center
        • Adam Rosales ran for Josh Donaldson
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Rosales to third, Diaz to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Bauer relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • Brandon Barnes in right field
        • Greg Allen in center field
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn lined out to left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin singled to left center
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin stole second, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first, Goodwin to third
        • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked
        • M. Viloria: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Viloria singled to center, Goodwin scored, Phillips to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz doubled to left center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • E. Haase: Foul, Haase popped out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to deep center
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor homered to left center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley stole second, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz walked
        • M. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to first, Diaz out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
        • E. Haase: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Haase grounded into fielder's choice to third, Kipnis out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to left
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor safe at first on Skoglund fielding error
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor stole third, Lindor stole home, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion singled to left
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to deep right
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)