Ventura hit hard in Royals' 6-5 win over Indians

4 years 3 days 14 hours ago Monday, March 16 2015 Mar 16, 2015 Monday, March 16, 2015 5:14:00 PM CDT March 16, 2015 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

SURPRISE, Arizona (AP) - Yordano Ventura gave up four runs in the first two innings, but the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Monday.

Ventura gave up hits to the first four batters, with Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana contributing RBI singles in a three-run first. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in three innings. He struck out five. Ventura has a 10.29 ERA in three starts.

Indians right-hander Shaun Marcum, who was limited to 17 1-3 innings in the minors last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits.

With Gavin Floyd set to have elbow surgery, Marcum is competing for a spot in Cleveland's rotation. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013.

Matt Fields hit a two-run homer and Christian Colon had a two-run single for the Royals.

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