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Yan Gomes hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and the Indians rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Tuesday night.
The Indians lead the American League with eight grand slams and it was their second in two nights. Francisco Lindor hit one Monday.
"I'm glad," Francona said. "I hope we have a ton more opportunities. I'm really happy about that. That's really good for us."
Edwin Encarnacion led off the sixth with a walk and Brandon Guyer was hit by Danny Duffy's pitch. Yonder Alonso's infield single loaded the bases before Gomes drove Duffy's 1-0 changeup into the left-field bullpen.
"I hope it's not contagious, because that means people are going up there looking to hit a grand slam," Gomes said. "You really just want to get up there and try to keep the line moving. I hope if we get more bases-loaded (situations), we're just able to drive more guys in, whether that's a sac fly or a base hit or a grand slam."
Gomes is 10 for 26 (.385) with three home runs and eight RBIs off Duffy.
Shane Bieber (4-0) allowed all the Kansas City runs in the first two innings, and remains undefeated in his first five big league starts.
"Things got a little ugly," Bieber said. "They could have gotten a lot worse. I was trying to go out there and compete and move on to the next pitch."
Chad Allen got the final four outs for his 17th save in 18 chances and his fifth of more than one inning. He stranded two runners in the ninth after a single and a walk.
Duffy (4-8) yielded six runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter. He is 0-3 against the Indians this season and has lost eight in a row against them dating to May 6, 2015.
"It was belt high and right out over the plate for him to tattoo and that's what he did," Duffy said of the grand slam. "I hate that old song and dance these things happen, bull, but these things do happen. And it's happened to us a lot lately. It's really frustrating. I gave up six runs today, which means I didn't pitch very well."
It took Duffy 25 pitches to record an out with Lindor, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez opening the game with singles. Ramirez's single deflected off Duffy's glove to score Lindor. Alfonso's fly to center scored Brantley with the second run.
"The first inning was a grind for Danny, 36 pitches, but he really did a pretty good job of limiting the damage there with only two runs and kind of got on a roll," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Lucas Duda homered with Rosell Herrera, who had three hits, on board to tie it in the bottom of the first.
The Royals forged ahead 4-2 in the second. Whit Merrifield singled home Adalberto Mondesi and scored on Herrera's two-out double.
The Royals lost for the 24th time in 29 games. They did manage 12 hits, ending a club record of 24 straight games without getting double-figure hits.
ROSTER MOVES
Indians: Recalled OF Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus http://www.packerscheapstore.com/bart-starr-jersey-cheap" rel="nofollow">Bart Starr Jersey , where he was hitting .487 in a nine-game hitting streak at the time of the promotion. He hit .204 in 34 games earlier this season with Cleveland. "It definitely helps to have gone through it before," Allen said. "That just comes with experience."
DRAFT SIGNINGS
Indians: They signed their first two draft picks, Canadian high school C Noah Naylor and Cumming, Georgia high school RHP Ethan Hankins. Naylor, the 29th overall pick, signed for $2,578,138, while Hankins, the 35th overall pick, signed for $2,246,022.
Royals: RHP Brady Singer, the 18th overall pick, signed for $4.25 million. He was the college player of the year, going 12-3 with a 2.55 ERA as a Florida junior.
TRAINER'S ROOM
Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained left calf) was placed on the disabled list. This is the second straight year he has been set back by calf injuries. He missed 50 games earlier this season with a left calf injury. He was out most of the second half of last year with a right calf injury.
Guyer left in the ninth after fouling a pitch off his left knee. Francona said the X-rays were negative.
Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (strained left oblique) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 30th. . 3B Mike Moustakas (lower back spasms) was a late scratch. Yost said his back tightened up after he lifted one of his children.
UP NEXT
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts this season against the Royals.
Anibal Sanchez abruptly ended Atlanta's season-long losing streak. Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
"I know the potential for this team to be in the playoffs is really high," Sanchez said. "I've been in October games. I can bring a lot of things to October."
Sanchez (4-2) retired 19 in a row at one point to help snap Atlanta's season high four-game skid. The veteran right-hander exited with two outs in the seventh after being hit by a liner on his right side near his hip. A red welt was visible on his back, but he said afterward he was fine.
"He never throws a pitch I don't think that he doesn't know where he wants to put it," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Sanchez struck out six in a row at one point. But after two easy outs in the seventh, his day ended quickly following a walk to Hernan Perez.
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Sanchez didn't appear too shaken up – smiling and getting high fives from the Braves dugout after exiting. Reliever Dan Winkler came in and recorded the final out of the inning.
Sanchez allowed one run off two hits and a walk. He finished with eight strikeouts.
"It's fun to be able to play behind that," Swanson said. "He's been tremendous."
WILKERSON'S WOES
Brewers spot starter Aaron Wilkerson's tough day actually started on Friday.
His original flight was delayed after getting called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, so he instead traveled from Colorado Springs to Houston then Chicago. He arrived in Milwaukee at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.
"And, they lost my bags on the way," he said. "It was kind of a rough one. But, it's not an excuse for anything."
Wilkerson (0-1) had taken the rotation turn of Brent Suter, who went on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm tightness on Friday.
Johan Camargo's two-run single off Wilkerson gave Atlanta the lead in the first. Wilkerson allowed two runs off four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five.
FLEET-FOOTED FREEMAN
Freeman and Nick Markakis added consecutive run-scoring triples in the eighth as Atlanta scored three times in the inning to put the game out of reach.
Freeman came into the game in a slump, batting .159 over his last 17 games before his three-hit performance.
"I'm starting to feel a little better," Freeman said. "I'm seeing pitches, not swinging at balls in the batter's box. That helps."
QUICK NICK
Sanchez benefited from a heads up defensive play from Markakis in right field in the first inning. With runners on first and second, Travis Shaw flared a ball that should've loaded the bases.
Instead, Jesus Aguilar, at first, didn't read the play quickly enough and Markakis fired a strike to Swanson at second base for the first of Sanchez's 19 straight outs.
"Travis hit a ball that Aggie just didn't get a good read on," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That was our opportunity against Sanchez, for sure."
TRAINER'S ROOM
Braves: Rookie LF Ronald Acuna Jr. was out of the lineup after leaving with left groin tightness on Friday night.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain (left groin strain) is close to returning from the 10-day disabled list and could be activated as soon as Sunday. … LF Ryan Braun was a late scratch in the starting lineup with tightness in his right side, but pinch hit in the ninth. … RHP Jorge Lopez was recalled for the fifth time this year to provide pitching depth. Infielder Nate Orf was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
UP NEXT
Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-3, 3.10 ERA) looks to bounce back Sunday after allowing five runs without getting out of the third inning in an 8-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. RHP Junior Guerra (5-5, 2.87) goes for Milwaukee and is holding opponents to a .217 average in 16 starts this year.