MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Cleveland
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SD
5
CHC
6
F
PHI
6
PIT
1
F
COL
2
NYY
8
F
BOS
2
BAL
11
F
STL
12
CIN
11
F
TOR
12
DET
1
F
CHW
9
TB
2
F
KC
5
CLE
10
F
WAS
3
ATL
4
F
OAK
5
MIN
3
F
TEX
3
HOU
4
F
MIL
7
ARI
10
F
LAA
0
SEA
10
F
MIA
1
LAD
2
F
NYM
0
SF
1
F(10)

July 19, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (36-63)

1

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

5

9

0

Cleveland (56-40)

1

0

4

0

1

1

0

3

x

10

16

0

W: Bieber (9-3)

L: Montgomery (1-3)

KC - HR: none

CLE - HR: Naquin (9)

Mercado gets 5 hits, Indians top Royals 10-5, 6th win in row
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:25 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Oscar Mercado is giving the Cleveland Indians a major boost in his rookie season.

Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Friday night.

Mercado had an RBI double in the third inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth. He also scored twice, but preferred to focus on the fact the Indians have won 12 of 14 and trail Minnesota by three games in the AL Central.

"It feels good, but it feels even better to be playing the way we are," Mercado said.

Mercado lined a single to center off Wily Peralta in the eighth with Francisco Lindor on second, but said getting a fifth hit wasn't his priority.

"It was a 7-5 game and my job there was to move him over," he said. "At the end you don't really think about it. You have to stay within your game and understand the game and do your job."

Mercado battled a slump going into the All-Star break, but is batting .423 (11 for 26) with three home runs and eight RBIs over the last eight games. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus on May 14 and became the 12th Indians rookie since 1913 to have at least five hits in a game.

"Everybody's going to go through a tough stretch, but you know a first-year player is," manager Terry Francona said. "And to see him not wilt, to see him come back with a vengeance, that's pretty exciting."

Shane Bieber (9-3), making his second start since being named MVP of the All-Star Game held at Progressive Field, allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Bieber took a 6-2 lead into the sixth, but three straight singles with two outs loaded the bases. Whit Merrifield's three-run triple off Nick Goody cut the lead to one.

Cleveland scored four times in the third to erase a 2-1 deficit. Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer, a towering drive down the right field line that hit close to the top of the foul pole.

Jose Ramirez drove in two runs and extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the eighth.

Mike Montgomery (1-3) got the loss in his debut for Kansas City after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs for catcher Martin Maldonado on July 15. The left-hander allowed five runs in two innings and was pulled after the first four hitters in the third reached base.

Montgomery went 1-2 in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs, but the Royals will use him as a starter.

Bieber's bases-loaded balk in the first inning scored a run for Kansas City. Jordan Luplow tied the game in the first with an RBI grounder.

Kansas City, which was 6-1 since the break, went ahead in the third on Hunter Dozier's RBI double. Alex Gordon tagged up from third on Humberto Arteaga's fly ball to right and was called safe after avoiding the tag of catcher Roberto Perez.

Perez lunged at Gordon, who jumped around the catcher and touched the plate with his hand as he was being tagged. The Indians challenged and the call was overturned.

Royals manager Ned Yost didn't believe there was conclusive evidence to change the call.

"It very much surprised me," he said. "We'll look at it and send the video in again."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi has begun rehabilitating his partially dislocated left shoulder. He was injured diving for a foul ball against the White Sox on Tuesday and placed on the 10-day injured list.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken arm) played catch and did long toss for about 20 minutes. He's scheduled to throw off the mound Sunday for the second time since being struck by a line drive May 1.

GOOD MEMORIES

Montgomery recorded the final out of the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs against the Indians at Progressive Field.

"I thought about it when I walked out to the mound," he said. "You definitely never forget those memories, but you put them in the back of your mind."

Montgomery made a relief appearance for the Cubs in Cleveland last season.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-8, 5.08 ERA) struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings Monday in a 5-2 win over the White Sox.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (3-1, 5.40 ERA) is seeking his first victory over the Royals. He is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in four career appearances against KC.

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
M. Montgomery (L, 1-3) 2 6 5 0 1 22.50 3.000
Cleveland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
S. Bieber (W, 9-3) 5.2 7 5 4 6 7.94 1.941

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
W. Merrifield 5 2 1 0 3 0 5 0 2.0
M. Viloria 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1.1
Cleveland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
O. Mercado 5 5 2 0 2 0 6 1 6.1
T. Naquin 3 2 2 1 2 1 6 0 4.7

Team Comparison

KC CLE
At Bats 33 36
Hits 9 16
Batting Average .273 .444
On Base Percentage .368 .488
Slugging Percentage 0.394 0.639
Doubles 2 4
Triples 1 0
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 13 23
Walks 5 4
Strikeouts 7 3
Stolen Bases 0 2
Caught Stealing 0 1
Runners Left On Base 6 9
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 4/8 5/14
Double Plays Fielded 3 8
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - CLE Leads Series 6-4

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 12 CLE 1 @ KC 8 B. Keller C. Carrasco
Sat Apr 13 CLE 0 @ KC 3 H. Bailey J. Rodriguez
Sun Apr 14 CLE 8 @ KC 9 W. Peralta B. Hand
Mon Jun 24 KC 2 @ CLE 3 B. Hand W. Peralta
Tue Jun 25 KC 8 @ CLE 6 K. McCarthy B. Hand
Wed Jun 26 KC 3 @ CLE 5 T. Bauer J. Junis
Tue Jul 2 CLE 9 @ KC 5 T. Bauer J. Junis
Wed Jul 3 CLE 4 @ KC 0 M. Clevinger D. Duffy
Thu Jul 4 CLE 8 @ KC 4 A. Cimber J. Lopez
Fri Jul 19 KC 5 @ CLE 10 S. Bieber M. Montgomery

Game Information

Stadium: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 26,640
Game Time: 3:20
Weather: 93F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?