Corey Kluber was dominant and the Indians’ bats put together the biggest inning offensively of the season in a 5-1 win over the Royals.
Kluber (2-2) threw a complete game (first in his career) and struck out a career-high 11 batters. He allowed only four hits. The Royals’ lone run was scored due to an error by Nick Swisher.
The Indians couldn’t do much off of Royals starter Bruce Chen (1-2) until the fifth inning. Carlos Santana opened the inning with a double, snapping an 0-for-16 slump. Michael Brantley then singled him home to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes then walked and singled to load the bases for David Murphy, who poked a two-RBI single down the left-field line. Asdrubral Cabrera then brought two more runs home with a double, also down the left-field line, to give the Tribe a 5-0 advantage.