Indians use big first inning to beat Royals, 8-3
Michael Brantley had a pair of hits during a seven-run first inning, and the Cleveland Indians roughed up Luke Hochevar before knocking him from the game in an 8-3 victory Friday that spoiled the Royals' home opener.
Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis each drove in a pair as the Indians scored more times in the opening inning than they had in any of their first five games. Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo homer in the ninth for good measure.
The seven runs allowed by Hochevar (1-1) in the first inning matched the number of runs that Kansas City starters had allowed during a six-game road trip to begin the season.
Derek Lowe (2-0) allowed three runs on 11 hits while surviving 6 2-3 innings for Cleveland.