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Darkness prevails as Royals down Cleveland, 7-0

Kennedy pitches gem, Morales goes deep.

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In what must have felt like a corrective to the last ten days of baseball, Kansas City cruised to a 7-0 shutout victory over Cleveland Saturday afternoon.

My Role Darkness pounced on an 0-2 pitch, pounding it into right field to give the Royals the early 3-0 advantage. Morales is off to a rough start this season with an OPS well under .600 through the first month of the season. The three-run shot scored Hosmer and Cain, who had singled earlier in the frame. It was The Cubanoid's third on the season.

From there, Ian Kennedy picked up the mantle and ran with it. He worked out of trouble in the first inning before settling down and retiring the next 14 batters in a row. He loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but induced a groundout to Eric Hosmer in order to get out of the frame unscathed. Kennedy came back on for the seventh and set them down in order to finish out his day. His final line was seven innings, four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts.

Jarrod Dyson broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the fifth. Jeff Manship replaced friend of the program Joba Chamberlain to pitch the eighth. The first four batters reached, extending the Royals lead to 6-0. Escobar and Cain singled, then Hosmer hit a ground rule double into the left field corner. Kendrys Morales reached on an infield single before Mr. Peanut replaced Manship with Dan Otero. Gordon and Perez struck out, but Chess Lord came through with a single to score Hosmer, giving Kansas City their seventh run on the afternoon.

Kelvin Herrera came on for the eighth, and things got interesting. Juan Uribe singled to start off the inning. After Rajai Davis struck out, Jason Kipnis doubled to put runners at second and third. Francisco Lindor came up, having gone 2-for-3 on the day. He hit a screaming line drive to first baseman Eric Hosmer, who snagged it and tossed to Alcides Escobar at second. Escobar stepped on the bag slightly ahead of Kipnis' dive, doubling him off to end the frame.

Joakim Soria came on for the ninth to close out the game, pitching a perfect frame. The Royals are now 15-14 on the year.

Tomorrow, Kansas City attempts to win their first series this month. Steady Freddie Ready Like Eddie Volquez (3-2, 3.13 ERA) twirls for Kansas City. The Racists counter with Josh Tomlin (4-0, 3.13).