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Indians Vs. Royals: Cleveland Plates 7 Runs in First Innings, Wins 8-3

The Cleveland Indians pushed across seven runs in the first inning and Derek Lowe allowed three runs in six and 2/3 innings and won his second consecutive start for Cleveland (2-4) Friday against the Kansas City Royals (3-4).

Royals starter Luke Hochevar got tagged for nine hits and seven runs in four innings. Everett Teaford pitched the next four innings, allowing just one run and no hits.

Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin Soo Choo each had two hits for the Indians. Brantley had both hits in the first inning, while Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in the ninth inning.

Game 2 of the series is Saturday night at 7 p.m. EST. Jeanmar Gomez gets the nod for Cleveland, while Jonathan Sanchez (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will pitch for Kansas City.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Kansas City Royals, head over to Royals Review.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.