KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jose Ramirez homered for the second consecutive game, a three-run shot that sent rookie Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians past the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Friday night.
Francisco Lindor had three hits, including an RBI triple, as the Indians stayed two games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Cleveland has won three straight and nine of 11, improving to 16-4 in July. Ramirez’s drive in the sixth inning made it 5-1.
The switch-hitting slugger, busting out of a season-long slump lately, launched a tiebreaking homer in the 14th inning of Cleveland’s 5-4 win over the Royals on Thursday night.
He has seven home runs and 21 RBIs this month, and the Indians are 30-3 when Ramirez drives in a run.
Tyler Naquin also had three hits and an RBI.
Plesac (5-3) gave up just an unearned run and six hits in seven strong innings.
He made a great defensive play in the sixth when he went into a headlong dive to snare a foul popup near the Kansas City dugout.