Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Raburn went 4-for-4 with two homers
and four RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians in a 9-0 rout of the Kansas City
Royals that wrapped up a four-game set.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs while Jason Kipnis hit a solo homer and
scored twice for the Indians, who won the final two games of this series.
Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) gave up just three hits and two walks with four
strikeouts over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win in five starts.
Mike Moustakas' double was the lone extra-base hit for the Royals, who had won
five of six prior to losing the past two. Wade Davis (2-2) was victimized for
eight runs on 12 hits over 4 2/3 innings to drop a second straight start.
Kipnis got Cleveland on the board in the first inning with his first home run
of the year, a solo shot to center, and Cabrera's RBI single in the third made
it a 2-0 game.
The Indians blew the game open in the fifth. Cabrera doubled home a run and
Mark Reynolds later singled in Kipnis. A run-scoring double by Carlos Santana
was followed by Raburn's three-run shot over the left-field wall for an 8-0
Raburn led off the top of the eighth with his second home run of the game led
for a 9-0 advantage.
Jimenez faced little difficulty from the Kansas City lineup, as he faced the
minimum through three innings and didn't allow a batter past second until
Moustakas led off the eighth with a double.
Jeff Francoeur followed that with a single that prompted a pitching change, as
Nick Hagadone took the mound.
Hagadone kept the Royals off the board by striking out George Kottaras,
inducing a weak groundout back to the mound by Elliot Johnson and striking out
Alex Gordon to end the frame.
Cody Allen worked a flawless ninth to close out the game.
Cleveland welcomes Philadelphia for a brief two-game set starting on Tuesday
... Kansas City hosts Tampa Bay for three games starting on Tuesday ...
Jimenez moved to 3-2 in five career games against the Royals ... Davis fell to
2-1 in seven games (three starts) against the Indians.
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