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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:00 am

Roundup

Indians finish off Royals

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Trevor Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Michael Brantley had an early RBI double and the Indians scored all their runs in the first three innings on only one hit. Bauer struck out eight and walked one over 72/3 innings.

The plummeting Royals have lost six straight and 18 of 21. They have scored four or fewer runs in 25 of their past 26 games and are barely ahead of Baltimore for the worst record in the majors.

Bauer (8-6) has struck out eight or more in eight consecutive starts. He allowed seven hits, six of them singles, and is 3-1 in his past four starts.

Cody Allen worked the ninth to earn up his 18th save in 19 chances.

RED SOX 3, NATIONALS 0: In Washington, Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and Red Sox swept the Nationals.

Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

The Nationals (42-43) have lost five in a row to fall below .500 this late in the season for the first time since being 60-61 on Aug. 21, 2015.

YANKEES 6, BRAVES 2: In New York, Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer and CC Sabathia pitched six effective innings, leading the Yankees to the victory.

New York's Kyle Higashioka became the ninth player since 1920 whose first three hits were home runs.

ANGELS 7, MARINERS 4: In Seattle, Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer, Luis Valbuena drove in two and the Los Angeles snapped Seattle's eight-game winning streak.

Calhoun had three hits and three RBIs, helping lift Garrett Richards (5-4) in his return from the disabled list. Richards allowed three runs, including homers to Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy, over 51/3 innings. He struck out eight.