Royals get stomped by tribe in 12-1 loss
KANSAS CITY - The Cleveland Indians avoid a winless homestand against the Royals Wednesday with a huge 12-1 win. Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber holds on to a shutout into the 9th inning as he grabs his 6th win of the season.
The Indians had a sesason-high 18 hits as Royals pitcher Jeremie Guthrie was pulled in the 6th inning after giving up three home runs and hitting three batters.
Indian manager Terry Francona was also ejected in the 5th inning after Guthrie hit Brantley in the leg. Francona was upset because both benches had already been given a warning in the 2nd inning after Guthrie had already hit his second batter of the game.
The Royals, who had already won 16 of 21 games against the Indians this season, had also beaten Kluber (6-11) three times already. But the right hander struck out six and didn't allow a single hit until the 5th inning when Eric Hosmer knocked a lead-off double.
Guthrie went 5.1 innings, giving up 7 earned runs off of 10 hits. The Royals still seem to be having a bit of trouble with their starting rotation as they are ranked 20th in the league with a 4.24 average ERA which is well below the league average of 4.00.
The Royals next game will be held tomorrow evening as they travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays (50-51).