Cleveland GuardiansCleveland Guardians vs. Kansas City RoyalsKansas City Royals Game Capsensus

Cleveland GuardiansCleveland Guardians 13
O 9
Kansas City RoyalsKansas City Royals 1
U 9
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Ramirez, rookie Jones homer, Guardians rout Royals 13-1

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Ramirez, rookie Jones homer, Guardians rout Royals 13-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jose Ramirez hit his first home run in nearly a month, rookie Nolan Jones connected for an impressive first homer of his career and the Cleveland Guardians stopped a five-game skid, roughing up the Kansas City Royals 13-1 Saturday.

The Guardians totaled a season-high 23 hits and led 11-0 after four innings. Amed Rosario homered off Royals center fielder Michael Taylor in a two-run ninth.

Triston McKenzie (6-6) tossed six scoreless innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts and five walks.

Ramirez had an RBI single in the first and hit a two-run drive in the second - it was his 17th homer of the season but first since June 10 as he's been dealing with an ailing thumb ligament. He leads the AL with 66 RBIs.

A day after getting two hits in his big league debut, Jones launched a 457-foot, three-run drive with a 109.2 mph exit velocity into the Kauffman Stadium fountains to cap a five-run fourth inning.

The 24-year-old outfielder had two hits and walked twice.

Steven Kwan and Andres Gimenez each drove in two runs and Franmil Reyes had an RBI for the fifth straight game, the longest stretch of his career.

Cleveland topped the 22 hits it had against the Royals on April 10.

  • Jonathan Heasley (1-5) gave up six runs and six hits in a career-low 1 1/3 innings.

    Taylor made his first career pitching appearance and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in two innings. He also struck out Reyes and Oscar Mercado.

    Andrew Benintendi extended his AL-best on-base streak to 18 games with a walk in the first. Nicky Lopez drove in the Royals' run with a grounder.


    Royals: Manager Mike Matheny said RHP Josh Staumont (neck strain) is set to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A Omaha on Sunday. Staumont was sent to the 15-day injured list on June 26.


    Zach Plesac (2-6, 3.80 ERA) will take the mound for Cleveland in the series finale. Zack Greinke (2-5, 4.85 ERA) will counter for Kansas City.


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