T.J. House's first big league victory came with all the perks: four game balls, the game's lineup card, plenty of text messages from home and. . . wait for it. . .a beer shower from his teammates.

"I'll take one of those every time I pitch if it means the team wins," said House.

The details are sketchy, but sounds like his teammates threw him in laundry cart, pushed him in the shower room and doused him with beer. How much better can it get?

House pitched 6 2/3 innings Saturday night to earn the victory in the Indians' 7-3 win over Kansas City at Progressive Field. House's first win came in his eighth appearance, seventh start and his second tour with the Tribe this year.

"T.J. has pitched for us a while now," said manager Terry Francona. "He's pitched well enough to have a win before now. But anytime it's your first official win, I'm sure it's very special."

House (1-2, 4.24) allowed three runs on nine hits. He struck out three, didn't walk a batter and threw a whopping 74 percent (64-for-87) of his pitches for strikes.

"There were times I thought T.J. was in the strike zone too much," said Francona.

That may have included Danny Valencia's leadoff homer in the seventh that cut the lead to 6-3, but House came back to get the next two outs before Bryan Shaw relieved. Shaw ended the inning thanks to David Murphy's diving catch in right field.

The victory, which made the Indians 4-4 against the Royals, was muted because center fielder/leadoff hitter Michael Bourn left the game in the eighth with a tight left hamstring after scoring a run.