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Cleveland at Kansas City

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Cleveland (33-32)0000000325101
Kansas City (32-32) «00402003x9110

Royals 9, Indians 5

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas was completely unaware that Cleveland had piled up 17 runs the previous night.

He was happy about it, too.

Unaware of how hot the free-swinging Indians had been, the Royals left-hander calmly carried a shutout into the eighth inning Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Kansas City offense hit a season-best three home runs in a 9-5 victory to open their two-game series.

"I guess I'm glad I didn't know they scored 17 runs last night," said Vargas, who gave up six hits and hit three batters with pitches, but didn't allow a run until Jason Kipnis drove in a pair with a two-out double in the eighth.

"You just have to get ahead and execute," he said, "and let the defense do what they do."

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run shot and also drove in a run during a four-run fourth inning. Alex Gordon went deep in the eighth and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot later that inning as the Royals (32-32) moved back to .500 by matching their second-best run total of the season.

"It's a good feeling," Moustakas said, "but it's not where we want to be."

Corey Kluber (6-4), who dominated the Royals earlier this season, allowed six runs -- three earned -- and six hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two.

He was nearly bailed out when Tim Collins gave up another run in the eighth inning and Aaron Crow yielded two more in the ninth. But Crow wound up finishing for his first save of the season.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and David Murphy drove in the other runs for Cleveland.

Both starters dominated for the first couple of innings, Vargas using guile to keep Cleveland off balance and Kluber needing only 17 pitches to retire the first six Royals batters.

Everything changed in the bottom of the third.

Moustakas walked to start things off, and Alcides Escobar followed with a single. Jarrod Dyson then hit a grounder that Kipnis fielded and tossed to Cabrera covering second. But in making the grab and transitioning to his throwing hand, Cabrera dropped the ball. He was still granted an out initially, but replay overturned the umpire's call and he was given an error.

"When you give teams extra chances, extra opportunities, especially against the middle of the order, sometimes you pay a price for it," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

"Obviously, nobody is perfect," Kluber added. "Errors are part of the game."

That one loaded the bases for Omar Infante, in the throes of a 1-for-21 slump, and he dropped a single into center field for a 1-0 lead. Hosmer followed with his RBI groundout, and Billy Butler added a two-run single moments later to make it 4-0.

"If we don't win that challenge," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "we lose out on three runs."

Hosmer homered in the fifth, his third of the season, and Kluber was yanked after the inning. It was a marked contrast to his last outing against Kansas City, when the right-hander tossed his first career complete game in a 5-1 victory on April 24.

Meanwhile, Vargas was mowing down an Indians order that included the scorching Lonnie Chisenhall, who went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs the previous night in Texas. Vargas even helped himself, snaring a liner in the sixth to start an inning-ending double play.

It wasn't until Vargas left the game that the Indians started to rally, and the hole they had dug themselves proved to be far too deep.

Notes

Indians RHP Zach McAllister (strained lower back) allowed two runs in six innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus. He will join the team later this week in Boston, though it's unclear when he'll slot back into the rotation. ... Indians OF Nick Swisher (left knee) went 0 for 2 while playing five innings for Double-A Akron. He also plans to join the Indians in Boston. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen (back) plans to make a rehab start for Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

J. Kipnis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5010013 .279
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4111001 .255
Michael Brantley, LF3110012 .307
Jason Kipnis, 2B4112012 .250
Carlos Santana, 1B4021010 .176
Yan Gomes, C4000012 .267
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4120001 .388
Ryan Raburn, DH4110012 .210
David Murphy, RF3011000 .290
Corey Kluber, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
Totals35510506  
Batting
2B - Michael Brantley (15, Vargas), Jason Kipnis (7, Vargas), Lonnie Chisenhall (17, Vargas), David Murphy (15, Crow)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (2)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (23), Jason Kipnis 2 (19), Carlos Santana (21), David Murphy (37)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis 2 (8), Carlos Santana (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Santana
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (11, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (L,6-4) 5663251 3.35
Carlos Carrasco 1.2100000 4.87
Nick Hagadone 0.1211001 3.86
Scott Atchison 0.1111000 3.14
Josh Outman 0.2111201 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 78-51, Carlos Carrasco 14-11, Nick Hagadone 20-13, Scott Atchison 7-4, Josh Outman 21-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 7-3, Carlos Carrasco 1-4, Scott Atchison 1-0, Josh Outman 2-0
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 23, Carlos Carrasco 6, Nick Hagadone 3, Scott Atchison 2, Josh Outman 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4120110 .284
Omar Infante, 2B4211103 .230
Eric Hosmer, 1B5123002 .259
Billy Butler, DH4022012 .253
Alex Gordon, LF4111022 .288
Salvador Perez, C4110010 .270
Lorenzo Cain, RF4000000 .322
Mike Moustakas, 3B3212100 .155
Alcides Escobar, SS3110100 .278
Jason Vargas, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
Totals35911945  
Batting
HR - Eric Hosmer (3, Kluber), Alex Gordon (7, Hagadone), Mike Moustakas (5, Outman)
RBI - Omar Infante (24), Eric Hosmer 3 (29), Billy Butler 2 (23), Alex Gordon (35), Mike Moustakas 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hosmer 2 (8), Billy Butler 2 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1
DP - Vargas-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (W,6-2) 7.2633050 3.30
Tim Collins 0100000 4.70
Aaron Crow (S,1) 1.1322010 3.10
HBP - Murphy (by Jason Vargas)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 116-78, Tim Collins 1-1, Aaron Crow 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 10-7, Aaron Crow 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 31, Tim Collins 1, Aaron Crow 7
Game Information
Attendance - 25540
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Brian O'Nora