Dozier homers in 1st, Royals snap Indians' 6-game win streak

CLEVELAND (AP) Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals have been on a roll since the All-Star break.

Hunter Dozier homered in the first inning and Junis pitched two-hit ball through six dominant innings as the Royals beat Cleveland 1-0 on Saturday night, snapping the Indians' six-game winning streak.

Kansas City improved to 7-2 since the break - after going 30-61 before it - as Junis, Scott Barlow, Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy combined to three-hit Cleveland, which is an MLB-best 27-11 since June 4.

''It has been a pretty good run and as a team, it doesn't get much better than this,'' said Junis, who struck out seven in beating the Indians for the first time in four starts this season. ''This is exactly what we set out to do, so hopefully we can continue it and keep getting better and keep this roll going.''

Junis (6-8), who retired 13 in a row between the second and sixth, was removed after 94 pitches on a steamy evening with a heat index of 99 degrees at the first pitch. The right-hander has won both of his post-break starts, allowing a lone run over 13 innings against the White Sox and Cleveland.

''He really slowed our bats down and seemed like he could go to a breaking ball for a strike whenever he wanted to,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Then he'd elevate a fastball for effect and go right back to it, and it kind of gave us fits.''

Batting third, Dozier sent a 349-foot shot to right off Adam Plutko for his 15th homer. The run stood up as Cleveland managed singles by Francisco Lindor in the first and Jason Kipnis in the sixth, and a Greg Allen double in the seventh.

Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save as the Indians failed to advance a runner past second base, yet remained three games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

''This was a lot of fun,'' Dozier said. ''Junis did a heck of a job and all our bullpen guys did awesome. Plutko threw a really good one, as well, as it was just one of those nights where pitchers dominated.''

Plutko (3-2) worked a season-high seven innings, giving up two hits and striking out four.

Kansas City preserved the shutout in the sixth when center fielder Billy Hamilton made a superb running catch, robbing Lindor with a leaping grab before crashing into the wall. He kept the ball hidden in his glove for several seconds to add a dramatic touch.

''I was thinking about acting like I just missed it the whole time and stay at the fence like I was mad, but Juni was in the zone, so I couldn't do him like that,'' Hamilton said, laughing. ''You can't be messing around with him, so I decided to run around for a little bit instead.''

SILENT TREATMENT

The Indians are expected to be active before the July 31 trade deadline, but manager Terry Francona isn't encouraging general manager Mike Chernoff to make moves. ''I don't feel it's my place to ever say that because I think it's disrespectful to the players we have,'' Francona said. ''I've actually been really having fun with this group.''

THE LONG GAME

The Royals kept RHP Brad Keller on their roster all of last season in order to retain him under the Rule 5 regulations. Their patience is paying off as he has a 1.80 ERA over his last three starts, covering 20 innings. ''Right away, we saw that he had really, really good stuff,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''He has a great makeup, great competitiveness.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (right forearm fracture) is slated for a 25-30 pitch bullpen Sunday at Progressive Field. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner will exclusively throw fastballs in his second mound session since being struck by a line drive May 1 in Miami.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (3-5, 4.54 ERA) tossed a five-hitter for his first career shutout Tuesday against the White Sox. He is 0-3 with a 10.89 ERA in five road starts.

Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (3-3, 3.56 ERA) takes the hill in the three-game series finale. He threw three scoreless innings Tuesday against Detroit in a rain-shortened start.

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  • W: J. Junis (6-8)L: A. Plutko (3-2)S: I. Kennedy (17)
  • HR: KC - H. Dozier (15)
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N. Lopez 2B40000001.234.274.306.5800.0
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    O. Mercado CF40000011.294.346.468.813-0.5
    C. Santana 1B20000220.284.406.528.9341.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100012.243.299.368.6670.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000014.229.309.370.679-0.5
    J. Bauers DH40000020.243.311.397.707-1.0
    R. Perez C20000120.239.327.478.8050.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Gallagher 2 (6)
      • HR - H. Dozier (15)
      • RBI - H. Dozier (53)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier 3 (3), C. Cuthbert, N. Lopez
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Allen (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 4 (4), T. Naquin 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Gallagher
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wittgren-Ramirez-Lindor)
      • E - A. Plutko (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 6-8)6.02003704.831.3926.5
      S. Barlow (H, 5)1.01000206.001.543.0
      J. Diekman (H, 16)1.00000204.761.344.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 17)1.00000203.351.2411.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 6-8)6.0
      S. Barlow (H, 5)1.0
      J. Diekman (H, 16)1.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 17)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (L, 3-2)7.02111414.811.0917.0
      T. Clippard1.03000103.521.010.5
      N. Wittgren1.01001003.111.041.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (L, 3-2)7.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      N. Wittgren1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-57, S. Barlow 20-15, J. Diekman 11-7, I. Kennedy 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-7, J. Diekman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, S. Barlow 4, J. Diekman 3, I. Kennedy 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 103-68, T. Clippard 15-12, N. Wittgren 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 8-10, N. Wittgren 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, T. Clippard 5, N. Wittgren 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield RF40100001.313.364.508.8721.0
      A. Gordon LF40100011.281.358.444.8020.5
      H. Dozier 3B41111013.290.370.548.9185.5
      J. Soler DH20000200.245.320.511.8312.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B40100011.293.327.452.7800.5
      H. Arteaga SS40000002.224.283.245.5280.0
      N. Lopez 2B40000001.234.274.306.5800.0
      C. Gallagher C30200010.235.321.327.6482.5
      B. Hamilton CF30000011.218.282.274.555-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40100010.290.346.498.8440.5
        O. Mercado CF40000011.294.346.468.813-0.5
        C. Santana 1B20000220.284.406.528.9341.0
        J. Kipnis 2B40100012.243.299.368.6670.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40000014.229.309.370.679-0.5
        J. Bauers DH40000020.243.311.397.707-1.0
        R. Perez C20000120.239.327.478.8050.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Gallagher 2 (6)
          • HR - H. Dozier (15)
          • RBI - H. Dozier (53)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier 3 (3), C. Cuthbert, N. Lopez
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Allen (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 4 (4), T. Naquin 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - C. Gallagher
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Wittgren-Ramirez-Lindor)
          • E - A. Plutko (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 6-8)6.02003704.831.3926.5
          S. Barlow (H, 5)1.01000206.001.543.0
          J. Diekman (H, 16)1.00000204.761.344.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 17)1.00000203.351.2411.0
          Total9.03003130---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 6-8)6.0
          S. Barlow (H, 5)1.0
          J. Diekman (H, 16)1.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 17)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Plutko (L, 3-2)7.02111414.811.0917.0
          T. Clippard1.03000103.521.010.5
          N. Wittgren1.01001003.111.041.0
          Total9.0611251---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Plutko (L, 3-2)7.0
          T. Clippard1.0
          N. Wittgren1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-57, S. Barlow 20-15, J. Diekman 11-7, I. Kennedy 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-7, J. Diekman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, S. Barlow 4, J. Diekman 3, I. Kennedy 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 103-68, T. Clippard 15-12, N. Wittgren 20-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 8-10, N. Wittgren 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, T. Clippard 5, N. Wittgren 4
          • 1ST INNING
            Dozier homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Tyler Clippard
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert singled to center, Soler to second
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Arteaga hit into double play pitcher to third to shortstop, Soler out at third, Cuthbert out at second
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lopez popped out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez fouled out to second
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Adam Plutko
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher doubled to deep left
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallagher caught stealing third, catcher to shortstop to third, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to second, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Scott Barlow
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to second
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lopez lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bauers popped out to shortstop
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen doubled to deep right center
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier fouled out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado flied out to center
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis reached on an infield single to second, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez flied out to center
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Gallagher doubled to deep right center
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Hamilton popped out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Soler flied out to deep right
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • H. Arteaga: Arteaga flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton popped out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield safe at first on Plutko throwing error
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first, Merrifield to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mercado grounded out to third
            • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to second
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lopez grounded out to first
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers grounded out to second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
            • G. Allen: Allen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
            • T. Naquin: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Naquin flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to first
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier homered to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lindor singled to left
            • O. Mercado: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado fouled out to right
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Lindor to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to deep left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)