The Indiansí offense once again struggled to support ace Corey Kluber and the defense once again compounded the offensive struggles in a 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field Monday night.
The Indians managed four hits and committed three errors. Twice, Royals starter Jason Vargas walked back-to-back batters with one out but got out of the inning without allowing any runs. The first time, Carlos Santana grounded out and Ryan Raburn flew out. The second time it didnít even get that far, as Santana grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The lone bright spot offensively was Mike Avilesí fifth-inning two-run home run to left field that tied the score 2-2.
The Royals quickly took back the lead in the top of the sixth inning on Alex Gordonís double to left field and tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning.
Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Aviles all committed errors Monday night. The latter two each allowed a run to score.
Kluber threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed six runs (four earned), walked two and struck out five. He fell to 0-3 this season and will go winless in April. After allowing only four earned runs against the Royals in 31 1/3 innings pitched in 2014, Kluber matched that mark in one night.
The Indians had scored eight total runs in Kluberís first four outings and matched that rate of two runs per start again.
Kluber did notch his 500th career strikeout in Monday nightís outing, his 80th. He became the second quickest Indians pitcher to reach that milestone, beat only by Herb Score, who did it in 68 games.
The Indians are now 1-7 when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.