CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered after originally being scheduled to get the day off, José Ramírez hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Sunday.
Lindor talked his way into the lineup at designated hitter after manager Terry Francona planned on resting the All-Star shortstop. His two-run homer in the third tied the game at 2-all.
Ramírez’s leadoff homer put Cleveland ahead in the sixth and the Indians went on to their seventh win in eight games. Cleveland has also won 13 of 16.
Glenn Sparkman (4-5) allowed both homers and gave up five runs — four earned — in 5 2/3 innings.
Soler hit his 27 home run in the third and took a homer away from Jason Kipnis the following inning. Soler leaped at the wall in right field to catch Kipnis’ towering drive.
Sparkman threw his hands in the air as he looked toward right field. Soler tipped his cap to the pitcher.
Ramírez, who has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, homered to right on an 0-2 pitch, his 10th of the season.
Plawecki and rookie Oscar Mercado also had RBIs for the Indians.
Kansas City is 7-3 since the All-Star break and snapped Cleveland’s six-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken arm) threw 30 pitches off the mound, his second bullpen since being struck by a line drive May 1. He’ll accompany the team on its road trip to Toronto and throw his next bullpen session Wednesday.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (4-5, 4.52 ERA) on Tuesday in Atlanta will look to build off a positive last outing. He threw six innings in which he allowed just two earned runs while walking none.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.57 ERA) will pitch the opener of a four-game series in Toronto on Monday. He’s struck out 27 batters in 17 innings in July.
|Mrrfeld 2b||5||0||0||0||Lindor dh||4||1||2||2|
|A.Grdon lf||4||0||0||0||Mercado cf||4||0||1||1|
|H.Dzier dh||3||2||1||0||C.Sntna 1b||4||0||1||0|
|Soler rf||3||1||3||1||Kipnis 2b||4||0||1||0|
|Cthbert 3b||4||0||2||2||Ramirez 3b||4||1||2||1|
|Arteaga ss||4||0||0||0||Bauers lf||2||1||0||0|
|Strling cf||4||1||1||1||G.Allen lf||0||0||0||0|
|Duda 1b||4||0||1||0||M.Frman ss||3||0||0||0|
|Gllgher c||4||0||0||0||Plwecki c||4||2||1||1|
E_Arteaga (1). LOB_Kansas City 6, Cleveland 7. 2B_Cuthbert (8), Duda (4), Kipnis (14), Ramirez (20). HR_Soler (27), Starling (1), Lindor (16), Ramirez (10). S_M.Freeman (4).
Umpires_Home, Chad Fairchild; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Alfonso Marquez; Third, Ryan Blakney.
T_2:47. A_23,564 (35,225).