- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Every time Chris Young had the Indians on the ropes, it seemed as if they’d foul off a pitch.

Then they’d get a hit.

Unable to get out of crucial situations, the Royals’ right-hander gave up six runs in five innings Thursday night, while Cleveland got a two-run homer from Brandon Moss and a solid start from Trevor Bauer in a rain-shortened 6-2 victory.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be. But when I made pitches, I felt like they fought it off and fouled it off and took some good ones,” Young said. “They were better than me tonight.”

Young (4-2) wound up facing eight batters during a four-run third inning, and Moss added his second homer of the series with nobody out in the fifth.

“He’s been real good. You can look at his numbers,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, pointing to Young’s 1.55 ERA coming into the game. “He’s been right at the top.”

Bauer hasn’t been far behind.

The young right-hander allowed only a long two-run homer by Lorenzo Cain while tossing 6 2-3 innings. Bauer (5-2) has yielded two runs or fewer in each of his last four starts.

“He was aggressive with his fastball inside and then he’s off-speed with a pretty good slider and a slow curveball on the outside of the plate. He commanded it pretty well,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He set you up good. He did a good job of keeping us off balance.”

The game was delayed with one out in the bottom of the eighth as lightning and heavy rain rolled into the area. The umpires waited 44 minutes before calling Cleveland’s sixth win in eight games.

Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and David Murphy also drove in runs for Cleveland.

The slumping Royals offense never got Bauer in a whole lot of trouble. They didn’t manage a hit until Omar Infante’s single leading off the third, and the only time they punctured the scoreboard came when Cain ripped a two-run shot 422 feet to straightaway center moments later.

Otherwise, the former first-round draft pick harnessed some erratic early stuff to flummox the Kansas City lineup. Bauer made Salvador Perez look foolish with a strikeout to end the second, then rung up Alcides Escobar to leave a runner stranded in the fourth.

The result was Bauer’s first victory in four career starts against the Royals.

Young had been dominant since moving from the bullpen to the Kansas City rotation, allowing just one earned run over his first four starts. But the AL’s comeback player of the year with Seattle last season has struggled the past couple of weeks. Young gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings against the Yankees his last time out.

Not even facing the Indians helped. He’d been 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his career against them.

“You play a team that’s hot and locked in the way some of their hitters are,” Young said, “they are going to foul off pitches that maybe they would swing and miss, or they’re going to get hits.”

STATS AND STREAKS

Cain’s homer was his first since May 2, a span of 91 at-bats. … Infante had a single in the third, snapping an 0-for-12 skid. … Moss has a hit in five straight games. He has homered three times in six games at spacious Kauffman Stadium.

NED’S PICKS

Yost selected Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon and Houston’s A.J. Hinch to assist him as coaches at the All-Star game on July 14. Yost said he wanted to let McClendon be a part of the game in Cincinnati, where he made his big league debut, and reward Hinch for Houston’s hot start.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Brantley was back in the lineup as the DH. He was given Wednesday night off because Francona said he was “pretty beat up.”

Royals: RHP Kris Medlen (Tommy John surgery) and LHP Danny Duffy (biceps tendinitis) threw three innings apiece in a simulated game. Duffy will throw a side session Saturday.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Shawn Marcum goes for his fourth straight win against Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series Friday night in Cleveland.

Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez starts against his former team as the Royals wrap up their homestand with a three-game series against the Rangers beginning Friday night.

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