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Indians take finale with shutout of Royals

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KANSAS CITY -- Left fielder Daniel Robertson had two hits and three RBIs, and the Indians' bullpen, which gave up seven runs on Saturday, shut down the Royals over 7 1/3 innings in an 8-0 victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 58 minutes by rain. The Royals were shut out a league-leading sixth time.

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KANSAS CITY -- Left fielder Daniel Robertson had two hits and three RBIs, and the Indians' bullpen, which gave up seven runs on Saturday, shut down the Royals over 7 1/3 innings in an 8-0 victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 58 minutes by rain. The Royals were shut out a league-leading sixth time.

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Dan Otero (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Trevor Bauer -- Otero threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Video: CLE@KC: Otero strikes out Hosmer in the 4th inning

Jason Kipnis hit his seventh home run for the Indians and had two RBIs.

Video: CLE@KC: Kipnis belts a solo homer into the fountain

Neither starter took the mound after the delay. Royals' rookie starter Eric Skoglund gave up four hits and four runs in two innings. Bauer gave up two hits and no runs through 1 2/3 innings.

"Robertson definitely gave us a spark," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He was in the middle of everything. We jump out and get four before the rain came. Trevor was more than willing to go back out there, but I didn't think that made any sense."

Video: CLE@KC: Robertson drills an RBI single to center

Royals' second baseman Whit Merrifield, who had three hits, extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games. It's the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.

"My timing is really good right now," Merrifield said. "I'm seeing the ball well. And I think my pitch selection is better. I'm taking pitches I don't like and I'm hitting the pitches I should hit."

The Indians recorded a Major League-leading seventh shutout.

"Really a good team win," Robertson said. "We jumped out with some runs and all the pitchers did a great job today."

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Quick start: The Indians, who got beat 12-5 on Saturday, got off to a fast start against Skoglund with a four-run second. Edwin Encarnacion singled to lead off and one out later, Jose Ramirez walked. Roberto Perez jumped on a 2-0 fastball from Skoglund and drilled it to the gap in left-center, driving in two. Robertson, who filled in for Michael Brantley, later followed with another two-run double.

Video: CLE@KC: Perez opens scoring with two-run double

Stop right there: The Royals had a chance to jump back in it early. Bauer had walked Jorge Bonifacio with one out and Merrifield followed with a single. Brandon Moss popped out before the rain came. When play was resumed, Otero needed just one pitch to get Drew Butera to pop out and end the threat.

"The first pitch out was huge," Francona said. "[Otera] winds up going 2 1/3 innings and everyone else from the bullpen did well."

"Part of the reason we were threatening was the rain," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Bauer was having trouble gripping the ball. He put us in that spot. You just hope that you can get back into it.

"You know with the two-hour rain delay, that you're going to have to go to your pen. But if you can pick up a run or two there, at least you're still in the game at that point."

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Merrifield's 19-game hitting streak is the Royals' longest since Alex Gordon put together a 19-gamer in 2011.

WHAT'S NEXT
Indians: Right-hander Mike Clevinger (2-2, 3.10 ERA) will work the opener of a two-game series Tuesday in Colorado at 8:40 p.m. ET. Clevinger will be pitching on extended five days rest after taking the loss last Wednesday against Oakland. He allowed three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Royals: Right-hander Ian Kennedy (0-5, 5.12 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals as they open a four-game set with the Astros at Kauffman Stadium starting Monday at 7:15 p.m. CT. Kennedy lasted just three innings in a 6-5 loss to Detroit on Wednesday, giving up five runs and four hits.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City who covered the Indians on Sunday.