Field of Dreams Thursday

The Cleveland Indians have proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the American Central League this year and they hope to continue making noise and turning heads by breaking the Kansas City Royals’ backs once more after racing to a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-5 victory Tuesday.

The Indians needed all the help they could get from their red-hot hitters to win their series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

The Indians’ lineup might not have as much pressure in the next game if Scott Kazmir can continue his recent turnaround.

The left-hander will try to provide another superb effort and continue Cleveland’s march to a season defining win streak.

The Indians (45-38) have batted .333 in their five consecutive wins, all on the road, but had to hold on for a 6-5 victory Tuesday. After his team blew a 4-0 lead, Jason Giambi hit a key RBI double in the seventh, and closer Chris Perez worked out of a jam in the ninth.

Jason Kipnis went 1 for 4 with two runs scored to extend his hit streak to 13 games. He also reached base for the 33rd straight contest while helping Cleveland earn its fifth win in six matchups with Kansas City (38-42).

Kazmir (4-4, 4.83 ERA) will try to make it a little easier on the Indians by building on his last two starts. After earning his first win in nearly a month June 21, the left-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last Wednesday in Baltimore but did not get a decision in a 4-3 victory.

Kazmir was charged with one unearned run, one hit and one walk, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on to a slim lead after he had to leave because of nagging back spasms.

He gave up two runs over five innings in his only other game against Kansas City this season, a 3-2 road loss April 27.

While Kazmir will attempt to build on a strong finish to this past month, the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie (7-6, 4.11) will try to end a three-start skid. The right-hander had a 6.89 ERA in his last three outings in June but gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings in Thursday’s 3-1 loss in Minnesota.

Kipnis, batting .477 during his hit streak, went 0 for 2 with one walk in that game, his lone matchup with Guthrie. Nick Swisher is 13 for 31 (.419) with an all-time record of two home-runs and five doubles against the right-hander.

The Indians haven’t won six in a row on the road since a 10-game streak in 2008 but we’re backing them to take this series at +104.

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