- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - A brief stint in the International League did little to help Cody Anderson in his return to the majors.

The right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to Kendrys Morales in the first inning Saturday, giving the Kansas City Royals all the offense they needed in a 7-0 victory over the Indians.

Anderson (0-2) settled down after the opening frame, lasting five innings and allowing four runs on six hits, but the damage was done as Cleveland had its four-game winning streak snapped.

“Cody made a really bad pitch to the wrong guy in Morales,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He left a cutter over the middle of the plate, and that was an 0-2, three-run homer that really hurt.

“We’ll talk about that with him, but we’ll also talk to him about the positives because there is a lot to love about this kid.”

Anderson, who was recalled earlier in the day, gave up two homers in his one start for Triple-A Columbus. He has allowed a team-high seven longballs in just 25 innings with Cleveland, which is tied for the fifth most in the American League.

“I’ll take that loss because I obviously don’t ever want to put my team in a hole like I did,” said Anderson, who lowered his ERA to 7.56. “I tried to go inside with a cutter to Morales, but he got it before it cut, I guess. I feel like I made the adjustment I needed in the minors, but it’s time for me to go out and win ballgames here.”

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Juan Uribe had two hits apiece for the Indians, who were blanked for the second time this season.

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-2) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out six, before Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria finished the six-hit shutout.

“That’s a good lineup,” Kennedy said. “I had to constantly throw everything for strikes and mix it up.”

Kennedy retired 14 straight batters before Cleveland loaded the bases in the sixth with two out. Carlos Santana, swinging at the first pitch, grounded to first to preserve Kansas City’s 4-0 lead.

“I’m OK with what Carlos did because he was the tying run,” Francona said. “Extending at-bats are great, but we were looking for him to maybe put one in the seats and get us going.”

The Royals tacked on three runs in the eighth off right-hander Jeff Manship, who hadn’t been scored upon since last Aug. 22.

Anderson, who went 7-3 as a rookie last year, experienced leg cramps in the fifth, but remained on the mound after a visit from Francona and a trainer.

“I sweat a lot, which is why I go through a couple of jerseys a game,” he explained. “With the weather getting hotter, I’ve got to drink more water so that doesn’t happen again.”

COMING, GOING

The Indians optioned OF Tyler Naquin to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Anderson on the 25-man roster. The rookie batted .315 with four RBIs in 22 games while splitting time in center with Rajai Davis. Converted third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall replaced Davis in the ninth inning against the Royals, making his major league debut at the position.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas (left thumb fracture) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 5. He originally suffered the sesamoid fracture on April 26.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley, who underwent right shoulder surgery in the offseason, was given the afternoon off after starting the previous four games.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez seeks to avoid his first three-game losing streak since 2014.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin has won his first four starts and is 11-2 dating back to last season.

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