Royals Thump Indians 8-2

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CLEVELAND — Redemption was sweet for the Kansas City Royals and rookie left-handed starter Will Smith on Tuesday night, after they cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

The Royals got on the board early with a two-run home run by third baseman Mike Moustakas in the first inning, his eighth HR of the season.

Despite early run support, Smith’s second career big league start looked like a disaster in the making. He walked the first two batters he faced, and the Indians (27-22, 15-13 home) tied the game at 2-2 before a single out was recorded.

After escaping the first inning with limited damage, Royals hitters made sure their rookie southpaw got plenty of run support. Kansas City (20-28, 15-11 away) scored five runs on a plethora of RBI singles in the second to take a commanding 7-2 lead.

Smith (1-1, 6.75 ERA) pitched out of his rocky start, and ended up getting his first career major league win. In 6 innings, he gave up two runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two.

Indians starting right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.14 ERA) got lit up for seven runs on nine hits in 6 innings, in lieu of an otherwise impressive performance. He also recorded eight strikeouts and walked none.

The Royals start lefty Bruce Chen (3-5, 4.81 ERA) against Indians RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3-3, 3.94 ERA) on Wednesday afternoon for a game three rubber-match at Progressive Field.

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