KANSAS CITY After three days of taking it on the chin, the Royals rattled Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer into an early exit and a meltdown on the mound under the summer sun at Kauffman Stadium.
A five-run fifth inning swung the game in favor of the Royals and caused frustrations to boil over for the Indians temperamental pitcher. The Royals avoided a four-game sweep with a 9-6 win in front of an announced 14,380 on Sunday afternoon.
Bauer gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks. He also struck out four in 4 1/3 innings before he got chased from the game, lost his cool and uncorked a throw that launched the baseball from the mound over the center field wall when Indians manager Terry Francona emerged from the visiting dugout to remove Bauer from the game.
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