Cody Anderson struggles as Kennedy shuts down Tribe offense

May 7, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ian Kennedy pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Kendrys Morales homered and drove in four runs, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

Kennedy (4-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and retired 14 in a row at one point. He struck out six while helping end Cleveland's four-game winning streak.

Morales hit a three-run homer in the first, providing an early boost for Kansas City's struggling offense. He added an RBI single in the eighth.

Kansas City's win came at an opportune time. The Royals had lost eight of 10 and announced before the game that third baseman Mike Moustakas was put on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.


Cody Anderson (0-2), called up from the minors before the game, allowed four runs in five innings.

Kennedy allowed two hits in the first. Cleveland didn't have another baserunner until Juan Uribe's leadoff single in the sixth. The Indians loaded the bases with two out, but Carlos Santana grounded out.

The World Series champion Royals had scored 21 runs and been shut out three times in 10 games going into Saturday, but that problem was quickly resolved.

Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer singled with one out before Morales' drive landed deep in the right field seats. Morales' home run was his third of the season and first since April 11.

Anderson went 7-3 last season, but has struggled in five starts and was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on April 27. The right-hander has allowed 40 hits, including seven home runs, in 25 innings.

Anderson pulled up after throwing a pitch in the fifth, but remained in the game after manager Terry Francona and a trainer went to the mound.

Moustakas, who leads the Rroyals with seven homers, originally was hurt April 26 while tagging out C.J. Cron of the Angels. He attempted to play through the pain until Wednesday, when he went 0 for 3 against the Nationals, and was a late scratch Friday.


Royals: Moustakas will be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist based in Cleveland while the Royals are in town.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley, who had offseason surgery on his right shoulder, was out of Saturday's lineup after starting the last four games.


Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez has lost his last two starts, despite pitching a season-high 7 2/3 innings Monday against Washington. He hasn't lost three straight decisions since 2014 while pitching for Pittsburgh.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin has won his first four starts. He held Detroit to two runs in six innings Tuesday. Tomlin has won 11 of his last 13 decisions dating back to last season.