Lindor, Ramírez homer in Indians' 5-4 win over Royals

The Indians improve to 57-41 on the season

James Rapien
July 21, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Jul 21, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – José Ramírez continued his hot streak, hitting the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, as the Indians closed out their home stand with a 5-3 win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

Ramírez finished 2-for-4 on the day with a home run and a double. He made a few key defensive plays at third base, including a diving stop in the third inning that helped the Tribe close out the home stand on a positive note.

Starter Zach Plesac allowed two runs in six innings of work, giving up four hits and issuing two walks. He struck out six and picked up the win, improving to 4-3 on the season.

The Indians were scoreless until the third inning, when Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer to tie the game 2-2. It was Lindor’s 16th home run of the season. He was the designated hitter on Sunday, as manager Terry Francona wants to keep his four-time All-Star as fresh as possible moving into the latter part of the season.

Ramírez’s homer in the sixth gave the Tribe a 3-2 lead and it opened things up for his teammates. Kevin Plawecki and Oscar Mercado both had RBI singles later in the inning, which gave the Indians a 5-2 lead.

Reliever Nick Goody pitched a perfect seventh inning for Cleveland, but Adam Cimber ran into some trouble in the eighth. He gave up three straight hits, which cut the lead to 5-3.

Closer Brad Hand entered in the ninth. He allowed a solo home run to Bubba Starling to start the inning. He responded with three straight strikeouts to pick up his American League-leading 27th save of the season.

The Indians improve to 57-41 on the year. They’re 7-3 since the All-Star break.

Making Progress

Danny Salazar started for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday afternoon. It was his first appearance for the Clippers this season. He threw 3⅓ scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and finishing with six strikeouts. He made two starts for Double-A Akron prior to Sunday's start, posting a 3.18 ERA, allowing two runs and five hits in 5⅔ innings pitched. Salazar hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since October 9, 2017.

Up Next

The Indians head to Toronto for a three-game series with the Blue Jays. Mike Clevinger will get the start for the Tribe. He’s 3-2 on the season with a 3.57 ERA. Ryan Borucki is on the mound for Toronto. He’s 4-6 with a 3.87 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for Monday at 7:07 p.m.