Royals rough up Indians in series opener

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas, right, is congratulated by teammate Lorenzo Cain after hitting a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Cleveland. Royals' Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez also scored. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas, right, is congratulated by teammate Lorenzo Cain after hitting a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Cleveland. Royals' Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez also scored. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Yordano Ventura pitched 8 1-3 stellar innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Friday night.

Ventura (6-7) blanked the Indians on four hits until Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the ninth. The rookie right-hander was pulled after Jason Kipnis’ one-out single. Ventura allowed six hits and struck out four in the longest outing of his career.

Salvador Perez and Christian Colon, making his first major-league start, had three hits apiece while Lorenzo Cain snapped an 0 for 11 skid with an RBI single in the third and a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Josh Tomlin (5-6), coming off a one-hit, no-walk, 11-strikeout performance against Seattle, allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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