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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The only big mistake Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan has made in his first four major league games came in left field, where he was trying to rush a pitch catcher to the plate and had a flyball bounce off the heel of his glove.

He didn’t make many mistakes with a bat in his hands.

And after that blunder in the outfield on Monday, the 24-year-old Oregon State player came right back to belt a base-laden triple, becoming the first player to reach base at least three times in each. of its first four games while leading the rebranded Guardians to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals.

“He was trying to do it a little too fast and it hit the heel of his glove. But then his batting was terrific,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “His bats are really, really good. That is to say the obvious.

Might as well drive home the point: Kwan went 5-for-5 and reached safely six times a day earlier when Cleveland won a 17-3 win over the Royals. He reached base three more times and added his first three RBIs on Monday, finishing the series 9 for 13, reaching base in 15 of 19 plate appearances and scoring four times.

“Pretty cool,” Kwan said in his typical understated manner. “Pretty surreal.”

Oscar Mercado added a two-run homer for the Guardians, who scored just once in the first two games in Kansas City but had 27 runs in the last two. The result was a season-opening split between rivals AL Central.

“I’m done trying to figure this out,” Francona said of the score disparity.

Logan Allen (1-0) picked up the win Monday with two scoreless relief innings in his first appearance of the season.

The final was tied 4-all in the seventh when Royals reliever Jake Brentz (0-1) gave up a single, sacrificed a bunt and walked. Josh Staumont then gave up bloop singles to Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes as Cleveland took a 6-4 lead.

The Royals loaded the bases in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw before Hunter Dozier hit a flyball that Kwan dropped. As a run crossed the plate, Myles Straw threw a runner to second base in a bang-bang play held on video review. Nick Sandlin was relieved and allowed Adalberto Mondesi to go for a late set double play.

“I just tried to do too much” Kwan talked about the flyball that got away from him.

Do not worry. Kwan atoned for the error with his triple in the eighth inning.

“He’s a badass. You can already tell, “ said Royals manager Mike Matheny.

Kwan has now made 72 appearances at the plate, including Triple-A and spring training, since his last strikeout, and his 15 times on base in his first four games are the most since in the major leagues since at least 1901.

“There are a lot of people developing players who have the trunk right now, as it should be,” Francona said. “I know we’re four games in, but every one of them kept saying, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be okay, man.’ So I know they are proud.

Mercado also had a great finish to the series. He hit a grand slam and had five RBIs in the Guardians’ 17-3 loss on Sunday, then homered a two-run homer into the left-field bullpen to give Cleveland a 4-1 lead. in the fourth Monday.

“I mean, shoot, man, we support everybody,” Francona said. “We are not biased. We want everyone to succeed. »

The Royals responded to Mercado’s latest blow in their typical fashion: they scratched, clawed and scrapped for runs. It took two singles, a walk, a sacrificial bunt, a stolen base, an error and a runout, but the Royals managed to coax three runs in the fourth inning to tie the score 4-all.

Only one of Cleveland starter Aaron Civale’s four runs was earned, and he’s gone after 3 1/3 innings. Carlos Hernandez lasted another inning for Kansas City but was responsible for all four runs he allowed.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians OF Josh Naylor was 3 for 13 in four games at Triple-A Columbus as he continues to recover from a right ankle injury. He is expected to play two more games at the minors this week before being reevaluated.

LIST MOVEMENTS

The Royals reinstated RHP Joel Payamps from the family emergency roster and opted for RHP Jackson Kowar at Triple-A Omaha. Kowar, who will start in the minors, gave up seven runs on 11 hits and walked one in 3 1/3 relief Sunday.

NEXT

The Guardians play the first of two games in Cincinnati on Tuesday with RHP Shane Bieber on the mound. The Royals travel to St. Louis for two games beginning Tuesday with LHP Daniel Lynch first on the mound.




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