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Indians rally against stingy KC bullpen to defeat Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October. The crowd was into it. Every pitch mattered.

The Indians manager is hopeful the outcome will propel his team into the actual playoffs.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied off the stingy Kansas City Royals bullpen for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night that evened their series.

The win allowed the Indians to remain a half-game back of Texas and Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race. The Royals are 3 games adrift after the Rangers beat the Rays earlier in the night.

"That was a fun game to be part of, two teams that really want to win bad were competing a lot," Francona said. "We did enough to win."

The Indians were shut out until the sixth by Yordano Ventura, who made an electric major league debut. They tied the game 3-all in the seventh off reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Cabrera's double off Wade Davis (7-11) in the eighth scored Drew Stubbs and gave Cleveland the lead.

Michael Bourn added a homer in the ninth to provide a cushion.

"It's not always going to be pretty but we have to find a way to get it done," said Nick Swisher, whose sacrifice fly in the seventh tied it. "We have a scrappy group in here, and we're not done. We're going to keep pushing because we want this. We want it bad."

Cody Allen (6-1) was among six Indians relievers who kept Kansas City off the scoreboard the final 4 1/3 innings. Chris Perez handled a perfect ninth for his 25th save.

"It happens sometimes," Royals catcher Salvador Perez said of the collapse. "We have to keep going, keep playing hard through the last day of the season."

Ventura had already been saddled with the nickname "Ace" before Monday night, but in the first inning he looked more like a different film character: Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn.

He erratically walked Bourn on four pitches to lead off the game, and earned a roar when he finally threw a strike to Nick Swisher. The roar grew when Ventura got him to ground into a double play, and reached a crescendo when he struck out Jason Kipnis to end the inning.

The 22-year-old flame-thrower settled in after that, mixing his curveball and changeup with straight gas that touched 101 mph on the radar gun at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals gave him a lead on Hosmer's double in the first inning. They added two more in the third, thanks in large part to Emilio Bonifacio getting into the head of starter Corey Kluber.

After a single, Bonifacio swiped second even as Kluber tried to pick him off. Bonifacio kept dancing around second base, and the Indians right-hander proceeded to walk Hosmer and Billy Butler to load up the bases. Salvador Perez's sacrifice fly and Mike Moustakas's double made it 3-0.

The Indians finally started to rally in the sixth. Swisher's single and a pair of two-out singles by Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley made it 3-1 and drove Ventura from the game -- he received a standing ovation. Cabrera walked to load the bases before Ryan Raburn struck out.

It may have been a wasted opportunity, but Cleveland atoned for it the next inning.

Yan Gomes was plunked in the back by Herrera, and then Bourn ripped an RBI triple into the gap. Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that knotted the game 3-all.

"The hit batsman was crucial at that point with Bourn coming up and hitting a triple right behind it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Those are things late in the season in games of this magnitude you really want to try to stay away from."

Those are the things that set the stage for Cabrera to finish off the comeback.

"Tonight was one of the more gratifying wins," Francona said. "We kept fighting, and that's a good feeling to be part of that, and watch those guys do that."

Notes

The Royals made roster space for Ventura by placing 1B Carlos Pena (appendectomy) on the 60-day DL. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson (left oblique) hopes to throw a bullpen session Friday. ... Royals affiliate Omaha beat Rays affiliate Durham 2-1 to win the Triple-A title. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen and Indians RHP Danny Salazar meet in the series finale Wednesday.

 
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Asdrubal Cabrera drives in the go-ahead run in the eighth. The win keeps Cleveland a half-game back in the wild-card race. (USATSI)
Asdrubal Cabrera drives in the go-ahead run in the eighth. The win keeps Cleveland a half-game back in the wild-card race. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4222101 .261
Nick Swisher, 1B4111021 .245
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000121 .278
Carlos Santana, DH2010200 .271
   Drew Stubbs, PR-DH0100000 .233
   a-Jason Giambi, PH-DH1000001 .181
Michael Brantley, LF4011002 .274
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3021100 .238
Ryan Raburn, RF4000014 .280
   Matt Carson, PR-RF0000000 .750
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4000011 .227
   Mike Aviles, PR-3B0000000 .256
Yan Gomes, C3110003 .290
Corey Kluber, P0000000 .000
   Rich Hill, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals3358556  
a-grounded into a double play for Stubbs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (32, Davis)
3B - Michael Bourn (4, Herrera)
HR - Michael Bourn (6, Hochevar)
SF - Nick Swisher (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (45), Nick Swisher (58), Michael Brantley (64), Asdrubal Cabrera (61)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley (28)
Team LOB - 8
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber 4.2633320 3.62
Rich Hill 0.1000000 6.39
Bryan Shaw 0.2100000 3.54
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2000110 3.71
Cody Allen (W,6-1) 0.2100010 2.63
Joe Smith (H,24) 1100010 2.30
Chris Perez (S,25) 1000020 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 79-47, Rich Hill 4-3, Bryan Shaw 15-9, Marc Rzepczynski 11-7, Cody Allen 9-6, Joe Smith 11-8, Chris Perez 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 7-5, Bryan Shaw 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Joe Smith 1-1, Chris Perez 1-0
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 23, Rich Hill 1, Bryan Shaw 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Cody Allen 3, Joe Smith 4, Chris Perez 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4010101 .270
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4210103 .243
Eric Hosmer, 1B4111120 .302
Billy Butler, DH4010111 .290
Salvador Perez, C3011012 .292
Mike Moustakas, 3B4021012 .236
David Lough, RF1000002 .283
   a-Lorenzo Cain, PH-RF2000010 .253
Alcides Escobar, SS4000011 .237
Jarrod Dyson, CF4020001 .269
Yordano Ventura, P0000000 .000
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Luke Hochevar, P0000000 .000
Totals3439347  
a-fouled out for Lough in the 6th
Batting
2B - Eric Hosmer (31, Kluber), Mike Moustakas 2 (25, Kluber)
SF - Salvador Perez (5)
SH - David Lough (4)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (77), Salvador Perez (71), Mike Moustakas (41)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (23)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (27, 2nd base off Kluber/Gomes), Jarrod Dyson (32, 2nd base off Rzepczynski/Gomes)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Bonifacio-Hosmer, Escobar-Bonifacio-Hosmer-Ventura-Escobar-Hosmer, Escobar-Bonifacio-Hosmer-Ventura-Escobar-Hosmer-Hosmer-Escobar
E - Emilio Bonifacio (9, Misplayed grounder), Yordano Ventura (1, Missed catch of throw)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura 5.2511230 1.59
Will Smith 0000100 2.73
Louis Coleman (H,3) 0.1000010 0.35
Kelvin Herrera (BS,2) 1122010 3.95
Wade Davis (L,7-11) 1111100 5.48
Luke Hochevar 1111111 1.76
HBP - Gomes (by Kelvin Herrera)
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 86-50, Will Smith 5-1, Louis Coleman 6-3, Kelvin Herrera 16-9, Wade Davis 24-12, Luke Hochevar 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 7-6, Wade Davis 4-0, Luke Hochevar 1-0
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 23, Will Smith 1, Louis Coleman 1, Kelvin Herrera 5, Wade Davis 6, Luke Hochevar 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21685
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora