Indians Vs. Royals: Cleveland Hot From Plate In Sweep Of Kansas City

The Cleveland Indians knocked in 13 runs on Sunday to sweep Kansas City and move to 4-4 on the year.

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Indians Vs. Royals Final Score: Cleveland Offense Explodes For 13 Runs In Blowout

Cleveland batters were absolutely locked-in at the plate on Sunday afternoon as the Indians shelled Kansas City pitching en route to a dominant 13-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep.

All nine Cleveland starters recorded a hit, and combined to tally 15 for the day. Instead of tacking on runs here and there however, the Indians utilized three big innings to mount their lead. After pouring in six runs in the third and then four more in the fifth to break the game open, Cleveland capped it all off with back-to-back home runs off the bats of Casey Kotchman and Jason Kipnis to further pad its lead.

Pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his first win of 2012, but was largely erratic, scattering nine hits with four earned runs in just five innings on the mound. Jimenez labored through his time in the game, and left it with an inordinately-high 112 pitches due to poor command.

The win not only moves Cleveland to an even 4-4 on the year, but also marked the third consecutive game where the Indians have scored at least eight runs. And with 32 runs scored during this three-game sweep of the Royals, Cleveland's offensive question marks heading into the year are beginning to fade away.

The Indians will travel out West to Safeco Field for a three-game series with Seattle on Tuesday.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Royals Final Score: Cleveland Escapes In Extra Innings, 11-9

In quite possibly the most unpredictable game of the 2012 baseball season, the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Kansas City Royals 11-9 in 10 innings to pick up their second straight victory and move to 3-4 on the year.

The biggest story of the game came in the third inning, when the opposing benches cleared twice, as Cleveland manager Manny Acta, third baseman Jack Hannahan and starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez were each ejected from the game in a wild sequence.

Cleveland led 9-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth before collapsing down the stretch to force extra innings. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double in the top of the tenth off Kansas City's Greg Holland to give the Indians an 11-9 advantage, and closer Chris Perez came in to work a 1-2-3 bottom half for the save.

While the talk over the next day will almost assuredly focus on the altercations on the field, the Indians showed a good deal of mettle by hanging on for the win after they appeared to be losing control of the game. Even on a day when their starter was kicked out of the game after just 20 pitches, it's a promising sign that the Indians were able to scrap together a victory considering the circumstances.

For more on the Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe. For more MLB coverage, be sure to head over to Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Royals: Acta, Hannahan, Gomez Ejected After Wild 3rd Inning

The Cleveland Indians opened up an early lead and chased Kansas City pitcher Jonathan Sanchez from the mound after just 2.2 innings pitched, but because of a wild inning, will now be forced to play without three vital cogs for the remainder of the night.

Cleveland manager Manny Acta, third baseman Jack Hannahan and starting pitcher Jenmar Gomez were each tossed from the game by umpire Gary Darling in the bottom of the third inning after Gomez hit Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Gomez left the game without yielding a hit and throwing just 20 pitches.

The altercation on the field came a mere minutes after the Indians knocked home five runs in the the top half of the inning and forced Sanchez to the bench. Designated hitter Jose Lopez was the catalyst, and plated a pair of runs on a double in just his second game in the starting lineup this season. With Gomez forced to the locker room, Cleveland is hoping that last year's 12-game winner Josh Tomlin will be able to protect a slight lead into the middle innings.

For more on the Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe. For more MLB coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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