- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - One start after the best outing of his career, Josh Tomlin tumbled back to reality.

Tomlin (5-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, including a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas in the sixth, and the Cleveland Indians fell to Kansas City 7-1 on Friday night.

Tomlin was coming off a one-hit, no-walk, 11-strikeout performance against Seattle, but couldn’t find his groove against the Royals.

“I thought he pitched better than his line score,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Obviously the three-run homer kind of skews it a little bit. (Trailing) 2-0 isn’t where we want to be but you give yourself a fighting chance. And then the home run really spread it out.”

Moustakas’ home run ended any realistic chance the Indians had against rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura, who took a shutout into the ninth.

“It was just a cutter that caught too much of the plate,” Tomlin said. “It was something I wasn’t trying to do but every now and then you make mistakes and when you do, a big-league hitter is supposed to capitalize on it and that’s what he did.”

Tomlin retired the first 12 hitters against the Mariners before allowing a leadoff single to Kyle Seager in the fifth, Seattle’s only baserunner. Tomlin’s gem marked the sixth time an Indians pitcher recorded 11 strikeouts with no walks in a shutout over the past 100 years.

It was also only the third time since 2002 that a pitcher has recorded a one-hit shutout with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Tomlin held the Royals to two runs through five inning, but Moustakas’ two-out homer knocked him from the game.

“That blow kind of took the wind out of us a little bit,” Tomlin.

Ventura (6-7) nearly had his first career complete game, shutting the Indians out before Michael Brantley led off the ninth with a solo homer. Ventura got Carlos Santana to ground out, but was pulled after Jason Kipnis singled.

Still, it was the longest outing of the 23-year-old right-hander’s career.

“He’s a pitcher that you have to attack, one of those pitchers you want to try to get to early and not let him settle in,” Indians center fielder Michael Bourn said. “We had a couple chances but for the most part he was on tonight.”

Ventura retired the first 10 hitters before Brantley singled with one out in the fourth. Santana’s single moved Brantley to third, but Kipnis bounced into a double play.

In three career starts against the Indians, Ventura has given up three runs in 21 innings.

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