The Cleveland Guardians defeated the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 4-0. The win for Cleveland marks the third straight win for the Guardians, as well as the win marking the first shutout for the team this season.
For Cleveland (22-24), shortstop Amed Rosario got the Guardians on the board in the 3rd inning with an RBI single, while second baseman Andres Gimenez also got an RBI single in the 4th inning to take a 2-0 lead. That lead was extended with an RBI groundout by All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez in the 5th inning and an RBI double by outfielder RIchie Palacios in the 6th inning, winning the game by a final score of 4-0. Starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington got his first major league win, going 5.0 innings and striking out eight batters while allowing five hits and two walks.
For Kansas City (16-33), the Royals tallied seven total hits, with three of them coming from outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Starting pitcher Brad Keller took the loss for going 6.0 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits, and striking out only one batter.
The Guardians will be on the road for a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, starting on Friday, June 3rd, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.