Bieber 3 solid innings, Indians avoid 3-game sweep by Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched three effective innings, Bradley Zimmer drove in three runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Royals star Salvador Perez, who left Wednesday’s game after spraining his right ankle, started and hit a double. He leads the majors with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs.

Bieber allowed one run on four hits, with one strikeout. The reigning AL Cy Young Award made his second start since returning from a three-month stay on the injured list.

Logan Allen (2-7) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win.

Angel Zerpa (0-1), making his major league debut, allowed two unearned runs and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Zimmer had an RBI double and a pair of sacrifice flies.

Former Indians star Carlos Santana had two hits, including a single in the second that drove in Andrew Benintendi, who had doubled.

The Indians picked up a pair of unearned runs in the third. Roberto Perez reached on an error by third baseman Adalberto Mondesi, Oscar Mercado had an RBI double and Zimmer had a sacrifice fly.

Cleveland added a run in the sixth off reliever Dylan Coleman, who allowed his first earned run in his fifth major league appearance when Jose Ramirez tripled and Harold Ramirez singled.

Kansas City had a chance to score in the sixth when Perez led off with a double and Benintendi singled. But Perez was thrown out at the plate on a grounder and, after the Royals loaded the bases, Mondesi grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Myles Straw singled in the Cleveland seventh and scored on Zimmer's double. Harold Ramirez added an RBI single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: OF/DH Franmil Reyes was scratched from the lineup with neck stiffness. He has 10 home runs and 30 RBIs since returning from the injured list Aug. 18.

Royals: C Salvador Perez, who left Wednesday’s game after spraining his right ankle entering the dugout after the top of second inning, was the DH. Manager Mike Matheny said he gave no consideration to having Perez behind the plate.

TRANSACTIONS

Royals LHP Daniel Lynch, who was hit in the right hand by a line drive Wednesday, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a bruise. His spot was taken by Zerpa. He was the sixth Royals pitcher to make his debut in 2021.

UP NEXT

Indians: Travel to Texas for the final series of the season. RHP Eli Morgan (4-7, 5.27 ERA) will start the opener against RHP Spencer Howard (0-4, 7.04 ERA).

Royals: Will host the Twins for their final series. The Royals have not yet named a starter. The Twins will go with RHP John Gant (5-10, 3.74 ERA).

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David Smale, The Associated Press

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