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Raburn, Jimenez pace Indians' 9-0 rout of Royals

9:58 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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Kansas City, MO -- Ryan Raburn went 4-for-4 with two homers and four RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians in a 9-0 rout of the Kansas City Royals that wrapped up a four-game set.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs while Jason Kipnis hit a solo homer and scored twice for the Indians, who won the final two games of this series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win in five starts.

Mike Moustakas' double was the lone extra-base hit for the Royals, who had won five of six prior to losing the past two. Wade Davis (2-2) was victimized for eight runs on 12 hits over 4 2/3 innings to drop a second straight start.

Kipnis got Cleveland on the board in the first inning with his first home run of the year, a solo shot to center, and Cabrera's RBI single in the third made it a 2-0 game.

The Indians blew the game open in the fifth. Cabrera doubled home a run and Mark Reynolds later singled in Kipnis. A run-scoring double by Carlos Santana was followed by Raburn's three-run shot over the left-field wall for an 8-0 lead.

Raburn led off the top of the eighth with his second home run of the game led for a 9-0 advantage.

Jimenez faced little difficulty from the Kansas City lineup, as he faced the minimum through three innings and didn't allow a batter past second until Moustakas led off the eighth with a double.

Jeff Francoeur followed that with a single that prompted a pitching change, as Nick Hagadone took the mound.

Hagadone kept the Royals off the board by striking out George Kottaras, inducing a weak groundout back to the mound by Elliot Johnson and striking out Alex Gordon to end the frame.

Cody Allen worked a flawless ninth to close out the game.

Game Notes

Cleveland welcomes Philadelphia for a brief two-game set starting on Tuesday ... Kansas City hosts Tampa Bay for three games starting on Tuesday ... Jimenez moved to 3-2 in five career games against the Royals ... Davis fell to 2-1 in seven games (three starts) against the Indians.

 

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