Lindor, Ramirez help Indians sweep Royals with 8-4 clincher

Lindor, Ramirez help Indians sweep Royals with 8-4 clincher
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his solo home run during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Source: Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Francisco Lindor drove in three runs, Jose Ramirez homered twice and the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the bumbling Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

Tyler Naquin and Jason Kipnis also drove in runs for the suddenly streaking Indians, who beat the Royals — losers of four straight and seven of eight — for the fifth time in six meetings.

Adam Cimber (4-2) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as the Indians' bullpen bailed out Zach Plesac. Their ineffective starter allowed three runs and three hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

Kansas City only managed three more hits in a game delayed 2 1/2 hours at the start by rain.