Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - New Indians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. only has six games to make a good impression on the field.
Many more games like Friday night will go a long way in making that solid impression the former catcher is hoping for.
The Indians bats continued to stay red-hot against the Royals, putting up 8 runs on 16 hits as the Indians beat up the Royals 8-3 to improve to 66-91.
The night belonged to the new Indians skipper, who got his first win as a manager and watched as the bottom of the Indians lineup of Lonnie Chisenhall, Brent Lillibridge and Ezequiel Carrera combined to go a whopping 8-for-12 with six runs scored and two RBI.
David Huff started for the Indians, and was impressive, going six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and five K’s to drop his ERA to 2.86.
He improves to 3-0 on the season, and has been much better in his short time with the Major League club this season than the past few.
The Indians offense teed off against Royals starter Will Smith, doing a number on the lefty to drop him to 6-9 on the season.
Kansas City with the loss drops to 70-87 on the year.
Adam Moore got KC on the board first, as he doubled to deep left in the second to make it 1-0. The Indians got the runs and more right back, scoring three in the bottom of the frame.
They put up five straight hits, with Chisenhall, Lillibridge and Carrera all putting up singles, with Carrera’s tying the game at one.
Shin-Soo Choo doubled to deep left, scoring Lillibridge to make it 2-1, and a single by Cord Phelps pushed the lead to 3-1.
Chisenhall got his 15th RBI of the season in the third with a double to shallow center to score Russ Canzler to put the Tribe up 4-1.
They pushed it to 6-1 in the 4th, as a Choo double drove in one run, and a fielder’s choice by Jason Kipnis scored another run to give the Indians the five-run lead.
Kipnis got his 2nd and 3rd RBI’s of the night in the 5th inning, as his RBI single to shallow left center pushed home both Lillibridge and Carrera to make it 8-1.
Huff gave up two runs on the Royals in the 6th, as Billy Butler slammed his 29th homer of the season to the home run porch to make it an 8-3 game.
KC made it 8-5 in the 8th, as KC catcher Salvador Pérez pushed a single that scored Alex Gordon and Butler to close the Indians lead to three off relief pitcher Scott Maine.
Chris Perez came on in the 9th for the Indians, and earned his 39th save of the season.
It’s the first Indians three-game win streak since July 3rd and 4th against the Angles and the 5th of July vs the Rays.
Saturday at 7:05pm it’s game two of the three-game set, as Jeanmar Gomez (5-8, 5.54) goes for the Indians vs Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 5.06).