Hand, Lindor lead Indians past Royals 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona's faith in his All-Star closer paid off Friday night.

Brad Hand bounced back from his recent struggles to record his 30th save and Cleveland defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Friday night.

Hand had blown three consecutive saves and allowed seven earned runs and 13 hits over five innings in his previous five appearances. Francona maintained his confidence in Hand despite the left-hander's numbers.

''I was happy for him, man, everybody was,'' Francona said. ''He's had a tough go. We need him. It was nice to see.''

Hand admitted dealing with a rough stretch isn't easy.

''When you blow a game it's basically all on you,'' he said. ''You're the person that cost the team a win. This has probably been my worst stretch that I've had in a long time, which makes it a little tougher. You have to believe in yourself and hopefully things will start going the right way.''

Hand gave up a leadoff single to Alex Gordon in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Cheslor Cuthbert bounced into a double play, extending his hitless streak to 0 for 39, and Bubba Starling grounded out to end the game.

Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer when Cleveland scored four times in the second inning, giving his team a much-needed boost. The Indians had lost seven of nine, including a 2-5 trip to New York that ended with a three-game sweep to the Mets.

The All-Star shortstop hit his 22nd homer, a blast to right field off Jakob Junis (8-12) to give Cleveland a 4-0 lead. Tyler Naquin also had a two-run single in the inning.

Rookie Zach Plesac (7-4) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 3-0 in three starts against Kansas City this season.

Cleveland split four games with the Yankees and was swept by the Mets. The 2-0 loss Thursday night was called in the eighth inning after two rain delays totaling almost three hours. The Indians' flight to Cleveland arrived around 4 a.m. Friday.

''We had good energy anyway,'' Francona said. ''You don't want to let games get away because you're tired.''

Plesac took a two-hit shutout into the sixth when Nicky Lopez led off with a single. Plesac retired the next two hitters before Hunter Dozier hit a line drive to center. Oscar Mercado attempted to make a diving catch, but the ball sailed past him and rolled to the wall, giving Dozier an RBI triple.

Junis allowed four runs in four innings and is 1-4 in six starts against Cleveland this season. Lindor is batting .500 (16 for 32) with four homers and 12 RBIs lifetime against the right-hander.

''I left it thigh-high and in to Lindor, which I didn't want to do,'' Junis said. ''In that second inning, I just couldn't limit the damage. That was basically the story of the night.''

The Royals were in Boston on Thursday to complete a suspended game from Aug. 7. The Red Sox scored in the 10th for a 5-4 win and the completion of the game took 12 minutes.

Yasiel Puig, who had the nickname ''Wild Horse'' on his uniform as part of the Players' Weekend, broke an 0-for-15 slump with a first-inning single. He also made a long run to catch Starling's fly ball in shallow right field in the second.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (strained left hamstring) is being sent on a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco will pitch in his third rehab game at Triple-A Columbus on Sunday as he continues his comeback from leukemia. Carrasco will make a couple of more minor league appearances before a decision is made whether he'll rejoin the Indians.

LOOKING AHEAD

Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund will be recalled from Triple-A Omaha and start the series finale Sunday.

KLUBER UPDATE

Francona said Corey Kluber will have more imaging tests done on his strained oblique that shut down his rehab assignment this week. The Indians hoped the two-time Cy Young Award winner was close to returning from the broken right forearm that had sidelined him since getting struck by a line drive May 1.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (3-8, 5.40 ERA) is winless in six starts since throwing his first career shutout against the White Sox on July 16. He is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (8-2, 3.11 ERA) is riding a seven-game winning streak over nine starts since July 3. He's also 8-0 in his career against the Royals.

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  • W: Z. Plesac (7-4)L: J. Junis (8-12)S: B. Hand (30)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B40200011.300.352.478.8291.5
J. Soler DH40000023.253.346.535.880-1.0
H. Dozier 3B40110002.286.363.552.9154.0
A. Gordon LF30200100.265.337.407.7443.0
R. O'Hearn 1B20000112.168.256.292.5480.5
a- C. Cuthbert PH10000001.252.290.385.6750.0
B. Starling RF40000012.195.235.274.510-0.5
M. Viloria C30000002.206.257.309.5660.0
B. Phillips CF20000112.176.333.235.5690.5
N. Lopez SS31100010.231.269.305.5741.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for O'Hearn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41121000.297.351.517.8687.0
O. Mercado CF40100010.280.327.446.7730.5
C. Santana 1B30200101.292.413.549.9623.0
Y. Puig RF30100111.258.312.474.7861.5
J. Ramirez 3B40100014.254.325.463.7881.5
J. Kipnis 2B31100103.254.314.410.7245.0
F. Reyes DH31100021.239.294.494.7882.0
T. Naquin LF31120001.285.314.468.7824.0
R. Perez C30000021.225.312.450.762-1.0
    BATTING
    • 3B - H. Dozier (8)
    • RBI - H. Dozier (70)
    • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, R. O'Hearn 2 (2), B. Phillips 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (33), F. Reyes (12)
    • HR - F. Lindor (22)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (55), T. Naquin 2 (34)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig, J. Ramirez 2 (2), T. Naquin
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - B. Phillips
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Kipnis (7)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (6)
    • DP - 3 (Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn; Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn; Gordon-Merrifield)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana; Kipnis-Lindor-Santana)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (L, 8-12)4.06442414.891.40-3.0
    K. Zimmer2.01001206.752.255.0
    J. Staumont2.02000103.751.674.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (L, 8-12)4.0
    K. Zimmer2.0
    J. Staumont2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Plesac (W, 7-4)5.24112503.401.2017.5
    O. Perez (H, 18)1.10001202.601.153.0
    N. Goody (H, 8)1.01000001.951.112.0
    B. Hand (S, 30)1.01000003.291.239.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Plesac (W, 7-4)5.2
    O. Perez (H, 18)1.1
    N. Goody (H, 8)1.0
    B. Hand (S, 30)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-57, K. Zimmer 25-16, J. Staumont 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-4, K. Zimmer 2-1, J. Staumont 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 20, K. Zimmer 7, J. Staumont 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 91-58, O. Perez 19-13, N. Goody 14-9, B. Hand 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 4-6, O. Perez 1-1, N. Goody 1-2, B. Hand 2-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 21, O. Perez 5, N. Goody 4, B. Hand 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    W. Merrifield 2B40200011.300.352.478.8291.5
    J. Soler DH40000023.253.346.535.880-1.0
    H. Dozier 3B40110002.286.363.552.9154.0
    A. Gordon LF30200100.265.337.407.7443.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B20000112.168.256.292.5480.5
    a- C. Cuthbert PH10000001.252.290.385.6750.0
    B. Starling RF40000012.195.235.274.510-0.5
    M. Viloria C30000002.206.257.309.5660.0
    B. Phillips CF20000112.176.333.235.5690.5
    N. Lopez SS31100010.231.269.305.5741.5
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    • a-grounded into a double play for O'Hearn in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41121000.297.351.517.8687.0
    O. Mercado CF40100010.280.327.446.7730.5
    C. Santana 1B30200101.292.413.549.9623.0
    Y. Puig RF30100111.258.312.474.7861.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100014.254.325.463.7881.5
    J. Kipnis 2B31100103.254.314.410.7245.0
    F. Reyes DH31100021.239.294.494.7882.0
    T. Naquin LF31120001.285.314.468.7824.0
    R. Perez C30000021.225.312.450.762-1.0
    Total3049413712-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - H. Dozier (8)
      • RBI - H. Dozier (70)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, R. O'Hearn 2 (2), B. Phillips 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (33), F. Reyes (12)
      • HR - F. Lindor (22)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (55), T. Naquin 2 (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig, J. Ramirez 2 (2), T. Naquin
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - B. Phillips
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Kipnis (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (6)
      • DP - 3 (Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn; Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn; Gordon-Merrifield)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana; Kipnis-Lindor-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 8-12)4.06442414.891.40-3.0
      K. Zimmer2.01001206.752.255.0
      J. Staumont2.02000103.751.674.5
      Total8.0944371---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 8-12)4.0
      K. Zimmer2.0
      J. Staumont2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (W, 7-4)5.24112503.401.2017.5
      O. Perez (H, 18)1.10001202.601.153.0
      N. Goody (H, 8)1.01000001.951.112.0
      B. Hand (S, 30)1.01000003.291.239.0
      Total9.0611370---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (W, 7-4)5.2
      O. Perez (H, 18)1.1
      N. Goody (H, 8)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 30)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-57, K. Zimmer 25-16, J. Staumont 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-4, K. Zimmer 2-1, J. Staumont 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 20, K. Zimmer 7, J. Staumont 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 91-58, O. Perez 19-13, N. Goody 14-9, B. Hand 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 4-6, O. Perez 1-1, N. Goody 1-2, B. Hand 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 21, O. Perez 5, N. Goody 4, B. Hand 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Dozier tripled to deep center, Lopez scored14
      • 2ND INNING
        Lindor homered to right center, Naquin scored04
        Naquin singled to deep right, Kipnis and Reyes scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Nick Goody
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon singled to center
        • Cheslor Cuthbert hit for Ryan O'Hearn
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gordon out at second
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Starling grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Goody relieved Oliver Perez
        • N. Lopez: Lopez lined out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Soler fouled out to first
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Staumont Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Kipnis flied into double play left to second, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • O. Perez Pitching:
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Starling grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Viloria flied out to left
        • B. Phillips: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Josh Staumont relieved Kyle Zimmer
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Mercado reached on an infield single to second
        • Ca. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Santana grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mercado out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • N. Lopez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lopez singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dozier tripled to deep center, Lopez scored
        • Oliver Perez relieved Zach Plesac
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, O'Hearn struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Zimmer Pitching:
        • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Ball, Naquin fouled out to third
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Gordon to second
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Viloria grounded out to pitcher, Gordon to third, O'Hearn to second
        • B. Phillips: Foul, Phillips flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kyle Zimmer relieved Jake Junis
        • Ca. Santana: Santana singled to right
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Santana to third, Puig out at second
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Merrifield struck out on foul tip
        • J. Soler: Foul, Soler grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez popped out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercado grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Viloria lined out to right
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked
        • N. Lopez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Phillips picked off at first, pitcher to first, Foul, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kipnis stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Naquin grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon lined out to center
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • B. Starling: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Starling flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis singled to center
        • F. Reyes: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reyes doubled to deep center, Kipnis to third
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Ball, Naquin singled to deep right, Kipnis and Reyes scored
        • R. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lindor homered to right center, Naquin scored
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana out at second
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to right
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor flied out to left
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado flied out to left
        • Ca. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana singled to shallow center
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Puig singled to right center, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)