CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Konnor Pilkington struck out eight in five innings for his first major league win and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep.
Pilkington, making his third career start and sixth appearance, worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth.
The left-hander is taking the rotation spot of injured Aaron Civale. José Ramírez had a run-scoring groundout in the fifth for his major league leading 52nd RBI.
Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez and Richie Palacios also drove in runs for Cleveland. Kansas City has dropped 11 of 13 and has the worst record in the majors at 16-33.