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