Zach Plesac won his second straight start since returning to Cleveland’s rotation after a demotion for breaking team COVID-19 protocols, leading the Indians to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City on Monday night that extended the Royals’ losing streak to a season-high seven.
Plesac (3-1) gave up a hit in each of the first seven innings, including Adalberto Mondesi’s 458-foot homer in the seventh, but came up with big pitches over seven innings.
Indians closer Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his major league-leading 12th save in as many tries.
Tyler Naquin had two RBIs for the Indians against Brad Keller (3-2), who hung around until the seventh and had some unlucky breaks on some grounders that found holes for Cleveland.
Lindor got two hits and scored once, but also had a baserunning gaffe when he got called out on an appeal play in the sixth for failing to touch second.
Indians rookie RHP Triston McKenzie (2-0) is scheduled to make his fourth start and will face Royals RHP Jacob Junis (0-1). McKenzie blanked Kansas City on three hits over six innings last week. Pregame begins at 4:30, with game time at 5:10 this afternoon, You can hear the broadcast from the Royals’ Radio Network on KMMO AM 1300.