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Indians lose to Royals after losing Ramírez with broken hand

Sun Aug 25 5:16pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

Players: Carlos Carrasco, Ian Kennedy, Adam Plutko, Francisco Lindor, Eric Skoglund, Nick Goody, Kevin Plawecki, Jorge Soler, Adalberto Mondesi, Yasiel Puig, Brad Keller, Spencer Turnbull, Ryan O'Hearn, Yu Chang

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, walks off the field with a trainer during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jorge Lopez points up after the Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kansas City Royals' Ryan O'Hearn is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the 10th inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kansas City Royals' Jorge Soler runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kansas City Royals' Nick Dini throws out Cleveland Indians' Greg Allen at first base after a bunt in the seventh inning in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Cleveland Indians' Kevin Plawecki hits an RBI-single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. Yu Chang scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Cleveland Indians' Yu Chang watches his single in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Cleveland Indians' Kevin Plawecki, right, and Yu Chang celebrate after Plawecki hit a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. Chang scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


CLEVELAND (AP) Ryan O'Hearn led off the 10th inning with his second homer of the game, sending the Kansas City Royals to a wild 9-8 win Sunday over the Cleveland Indians, whose playoff hopes were rocked by losing third baseman Jose Ramirez to a broken right hand.

The Indians tied it in the ninth against Ian Kennedy (1-2) on a solo homer by Francisco Lindor and Franmil Reyes' stunning three-run shot with two outs.

O'Hearn hit a 2-2 pitch from Nick Goody (3-1) over the right field wall as the Royals salvaged a back-and-forth series finale to snap a four-game losing streak. O'Hearn also homered in the third off Indians starter Shane Bieber.

Royals reliever Jorge Lopez worked the 10th for his first major league save.

Losing the game was secondary to the Indians, who will be without Ramirez for their playoff push. The two-time All-Star will undergo surgery Monday in New York to repair a fractured hamate bone, and the club won't know his recovery time until after the procedure.

However, Ramirez, who awakened from a puzzling, early-season offensive slump in time to propel the Indians back into postseason contention, won't be able to help as his teammates try to catch first-place Minnesota in the AL Central or win a wild-card spot.

Trailing by four runs and down to their final strike, the Indians tied it against Kennedy.

Lindor homered with one out before Kennedy walked Carlos Santana with two outs and gave up a single to Yasiel Puig.

Kennedy's wild pitch moved the runners up and Reyes, whose homer leading off the eighth pulled Cleveland to 8-4, brought them home with a 423-foot shot to left, rewarding Indians fans who hung around after the team fell behind 8-3 in the eighth.

Kansas City had busted open a 3-3 game with a five-run eighth, triggered by shortstop Lindor's error and highlighted by Jorge Soler's two-run homer - a 437-foot drive.

Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer for Cleveland. The Indians came in 2 1/2 games out in the division and clinging to a half-game lead in the wild-card race.

Bieber shook off a wobbly first few innings and stuck around for seven. After allowing the homer to O'Hearn in the third, the All-Star Game MVP retired his final 13 batters, recording seven of his eight strikeouts in that span.

Rookie infielder Yu Chang stepped in for Ramirez and got his first two major league hits.

Chang made an immediate impact after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus when the Indians put Ramirez on the injured list.

He opened the seventh with a triple off Royals reliever Scott Barlow. The drive caromed at an odd angle off the center field wall, and for a moment it appeared Chang might have a chance for an inside-the-park homer before he was held at third by coach Mike Sarbaugh.

As he pulled into the bag, Chang was met with cries of ''Yuuuuu'' from Indians fans still coming to grips with the stunning loss of Ramirez - the latest obstacle for the three-time defending AL Central champions who have had numerous major injuries in 2019.

Royals starter Eric Skoglund was sharp in his season debut, allowing only two hits in five innings. The left-hander was suspended for the first 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug prevention and treatment program.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi (dislocated left shoulder) has played six games on a minor league rehab assignment, but no timetable has been set for his return. He was injured diving for a foul ball on July 16.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco was scheduled to pitch in relief for Triple-A Columbus as he continues his comeback after being diagnosed with leukemia. Carrasco could potentially join Cleveland's bullpen in the next few weeks.

UP NEXT

Royals: Open a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season, with RHP Brad Keller (7-13, 3.95 ERA) on the mound against Oakland.

Indians: Following an off day, RHP Adam Plutko (5-3, 4.54) starts the opener of a three-game series Tuesday in Detroit against Spencer Turnbull (3-12, 4.05).

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