Posted April 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
Michael Brantley had a pair of hits during a seven-run first inning, and the Cleveland Indians roughed up Luke Hochevar before knocking him from the game in an 8-3 victory Friday that spoiled the Royals' home opener. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis each drove in a pair as the Indians scored more times in the opening inning than they had in any of their first five games. Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo homer in the ninth for good measure. The seven runs allowed by Hochevar (1-1) in the first inning matched the number of runs that Kansas City starters had allowed during a six-game road trip to begin the season. Derek Lowe (2-0) allowed three runs on 11 hits while surviving 6 2-3 innings for Cleveland.

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