KANSAS CITY— Carlos Carrasco was sharp in Cleveland's regular-season finale, then proclaimed himself ready for what's next to come.
Carrasco and Trevor Bauer combined for a five-hitter, Francisco Lindor homered and scored twice, and the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Sunday.
Carrasco (17-10) was working with a limited pitch count in a tuneup before an anticipated start in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Houston on Saturday. He went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking two and striking out six.
The Indians opened the scoring after Lindor led off the game by reaching on an error when Eric Skoglund (1-6) fumbled his grounder. After stealing second, Lindor then stole third and scored when Alcides Escobar failed to catch the throw to third for the second error of the inning.
Lindor drilled a 1-0 pitch into the stands in left-center field to lead off the third, extending the Indians' lead to 2-0. He hit seven of his 38 homers this year against the Royals.
The Indians finished the season 91-71, their sixth straight year above .500. It is their longest streak since they had winning records eight years in a row from 1994 through 2001.
Skoglund allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out three over five innings.
"I thought he was flat today," manager Ned Yost said. "I don't think he was very sharp. He grinded it out. Even when he doesn't have his best stuff, he kept us in the ballgame against our division champion. I'm very proud of his effort today."
The Royals got on the board in the fifth when Brian Goodwin led off with a hit and stole second, then scored on Meibrys Viloria's single.
Whit Merrifield closed the season with a single in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games. The streak was the longest of the year in the majors.
Kansas City's attendance fell by 555,213 from the previous year — nearly 7,000 per game — and finished at 1,665,107, the team's lowest since 2010. The club stumbled to its worst season since 2005, when it set a team record for most losses at 106. The 58-104 mark this year matched the 2004 team for the second-worst record in franchise history. This was the fifth time the club lost at least 100 games.