American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland|
(Friday, July 4)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Yordano Ventura turned in 8 1/3 brilliant
innings to lead the way in the Kansas City Royals' 7-1 victory over the
Cleveland Indians that opened a three-game series.
Ventura (6-7) took a shutout into the ninth that Michael Brantley spoiled with
a leadoff home run, and surrendered just six hits and a pair of walks in an
impressive effort that sparked the Royals to their 11th win in their last 13
"(Cleveland) is a tough team," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "This is a team
when you're up five they can put runs on the board and get you in a jam in a
The rookie was aided by Mike Moustakas' three-run homer and three extra-base
hits from Christian Colon, including an RBI double. Salvador Perez also
collected three hits for Kansas City, while Lorenzo Cain finished 2-for-4 with
Five of the Royals' runs came off of Josh Tomlin (5-6), tagged for 10 hits in
5 2/3 innings of work.
"I made a few mistakes," said Tomlin. "I felt like I made pitches overall.
That Moustakas blow kind of took the wind out of us a little bit."
Tomlin entered Friday's matchup off a masterful one-hit, 11-strikeout shutout
of Seattle last Saturday. The right-hander was perfect through the first two
innings of this one, but the Royals made sure there would be no repeat in the
Colon tripled to deep center with one out for his first career major
league hit, then scored on a Cain single to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead it
extended two innings later.
Colon and Cain again supplied the offense in the fifth, delivering back-to-
back doubles in their next at-bats. Singles by Perez and Alcides Escobar in
the sixth set the stage for Moustakas' game-breaking blast, a line drive into
the right-field seats that staked Ventura to a 5-0 advantage.
The young right-hander didn't need the extra support, however, stifling
Cleveland's bats all throughout the evening.
Ventura didn't permit a hit until Brantley and Carlos Santana stroked back-to-
back singles in the fourth. He got out of the inning with a double-play
grounder from Jason Kipnis, and the Indians didn't place another runner in
scoring position until Michael Bourn doubled with two down in the eighth.
Brantley drilled a fastball into the stands in right to end the shutout bid,
with Kipnis denying Ventura a chance at a complete game by singling two
Colon capped his own terrific game with a ninth-inning double that plated
Moustakas, then scored his third run of the night on an error by Cleveland
third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Ventura's 8 1/3 innings were a career high, bettering the eight scoreless
frames he threw to beat Baltimore on April 25 ... Colon was inserted into the
lineup when Omar Infante was scratched prior to the game with back tightness
... Ventura improved to 4-1 in six road assignments, posting a quality start
in each ... Cleveland has now dropped four straight at Progressive Field after
going 11-1 there from May 19-June 19 ... Brantley and Kipnis both went 2-for-4
in the loss.
07/05 00:51:11 ET