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Indians lose third straight with 5-1 loss to Royals; three takeaways

2. Junis finds his groove

Jakob Junis got his first career win against Cleveland and his eighth win this year.

He entered Monday’s contest with a pretty abysmal history going against the Tribe with an 0-2 record and 8.05 ERA in four outings (three starts) for his career. In fact, last time out against Cleveland on July 2 he relinquished eight earned runs in Kansas City’s 9-3 loss.

In this latest matchup, the Indians couldn’t get anything going against him through seven innings. He gave up just two hits and walked no one while striking out six in his shutout start.

“He doesn’t really overwhelm you with his velocity but he threw three pitches, three quality pitches, and he could throw them at any time in the count, especially his breaking ball,” Francona said. “He really pitched a good game. He was efficient. When they took him out his pitch count wasn’t terribly high. He really pitched a good game.”

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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