Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians scored five straight runs to rally past the Kansas City Royals in a 5-3 win at the Kauffman Stadium.
Corey Kluber surrendered a double to Eric Hosmer in the first that allowed Emilio Bonifacio to score.
In the third, Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Bonifacio to score again.
Mike Moustakas followed that up with an RBI double gave the Royals a 3-0 advantage.
Corey Kluber was pulled out in the fifth after 79 pitches and issuing three walks.
Royals prospect Yordano Ventura worked 5 2/3 innings and left after Michael Brantley pulled a pitch through the infield for a single to make it 3-1.
The Indians (82-69) scored twice against Ventura’s reliever, right-hander Kelvin Herrera, who hit Yan Gomes with a pitch, gave up triple to Michael Bourn and a sacrifice fly to Nick Swisher, to pull the contest into a 3-3 deadlock.
In the eight, Asdrubal Cabrera sliced a pitch from Wade Davis to deep left field and Drew Stubbs, pinch-running on the play, scored easily from second to put the Indians ahead, 4-3.
Bourn hit a solo home run off Luke Hochevar iin the next inning for the final score.
The win helped the Indians remain only a half-game behind the Rays and Rangers for one of the American League Wild Card spots.
The loss pulled the Royals (79-72) 3 1/2 games behind co-leaders Tampa Bay and Texas.