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KANSAS CITY — It was the Francisco Lindor show on Monday night.

The Indians’ shortstop blasted two homers — including a grand slam — for a career-high seven RBIs in a 9-3 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

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Lindor’s home runs came off breaking balls from Royals starter Jakob Junis, and both came scorching off the bat.

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“The one at-bat, he got it in a hitter’s count, the other at-bat, he fouled off some good fastballs, got to the breaking ball and man, just drove both of them,” said Terry Francona, who picked up his 500th win as the Indians’ skipper. “They weren’t the lofted — they were line drives that he just hit over the fence. That’s a gorgeous piece of hitting.”

Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber allowed two runs in the first, including a leadoff homer by Whit Merrifield. After that, however, he settled in for six solid innings and his 12th win of the season. He allowed seven hits and three runs.

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“He fell behind Merrifield, he hit a home run. Then, he gave up the second run,” Francona said. “After that, he just kind of pitched to the scoreboard.”

The difference, according to Kluber, was getting better control on counts. Merrifield’s homer came after he got ahead, 2-0, and Salvador Perez’s RBI single later in the frame came after he battled for an 11-pitch at-bat.

“Today what hurt me was falling behind, or getting too deep in at-bats in the first inning,” Kluber said.

Video: [email protected]: Francona on Lindor’s big night, Kluber in win

After Junis allowed a single and hit two batters to load the bases in the fourth,

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