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Indians avoid sweep with 8-0 win over Royals

The Tribe scored early and often to salvage their series against Kansas City with an 8-0 victory. The IBI's John Alfes has the recap of the Sunday matinee...

The complexion of a game can change when a one hour, 50 minute rain delay transpires.

Sunday was not the case.

Unlike their previous contest, the Indians secured their early lead to beat the Royals, 8-0, at Kauffman Stadium.

Timely hitting proved to be the difference as the road nine crossed the plate five times with two outs over the course of the bounce back performance.

Two-out rally jump-starts offense

Roberto Perez and Daniel Robertson each doubled in a pair of runners to yield a 4-0 advantage off the laboring Eric Skoglund.

"I'm just doing what I got to do to help the team win," said Robertson to reporters. "[Perez] set the tone early. He strikes that ball into left-center on a line, we get two guys scoring there. Then all of a sudden you start to roll down the line a little bit and everyone gets involved."

Once the inclement weather subsided, the Tribe continued to pile on the damage thanks to Jason Kipnis’ sacrifice fly and Robertson’s RBI single.

"I think we just came out here and we tried to have great at-bats," Robertson said. "After a rain delay, nobody wants to give an at-bat away. Nobody wants to sit around and have bad things happen while their at-bat's going on."

Whit Merrifield committed a costly throwing error before Kipnis returned to the hit column with a solo home run to increase the lead to 8-0 in the sixth frame.

"We had good energy," said manager Terry Francona. "I was pleased. Again, it's one game. I thought we [needed] to bounce back from yesterday and we did. That was good."

Cleveland finished with eight runs on nine hits and eight walks while batting 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Bauer starts, bullpen finishes

Rain put a dent in Trevor Bauer’s plans to work further than 1.2 innings as the delay forced the bullpen to take the wheel.

"I think Trevor was more than willing to go back out there, which we appreciated," Francona said. "I don't think that made any sense. I don't think it's fair to him and his career."

The relief unit kept the shutout intact thanks to scoreless appearances from Dan Otero (2.1 IP), Bryan Shaw (1.1 IP), Andrew Miller (1 IP) and Cody Allen (1 IP).

"That was big because you're looking at filling eight innings. That's a lot," said Francona of the bullpen's effort. "Everybody did well and we spread it out, which was good. I thought today was an important game."

Central Division update

The Tigers (28-28) pieced together a ninth-inning rally to beat the White Sox (24-31) while the Twins (29-24) maintained their positioning atop the AL Central courtesy of a win over the Angels.

Up next

The Indians will head to Colorado and play the Rockies on Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. ET from Coors Field.

RHP Mike Clevinger (2-2, 3.10) gets the nod in search of another quality start after taking the hard-fought loss over 6.2 innings of three-run ball vs. Oakland last Wednesday.

RHP Antonio Senzatela (7-2, 3.49) has filled the void left by Jonathan Gray with ease throughout his first 11 major league starts, all of which have lasted at least five innings.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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