Right-hander Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 11 and the Indians used their biggest inning of the season to chase nemesis Bruce Chen on way to a 5-1 victory over Kansas City at Progressive Field. The Indians took three out of four from the Royals and went 4-3 on the homestand. Chen entered the game with a 7-3 lifetime record against the Indians, including 7-1 record since 2010. The Indians knocked the veteran left-hander out of the game with a five-run fifth inning. David Murphy's two-run single and Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run double were the big hits of the inning. Carlos Santana, the Indians slumping cleanup hitter, opened the fifth with a double to end an 0-for-16 skid. Michael Brantley, who leads the club with 19 RBI, singled Santana home for a 1-0 lead. After Chen walked Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes singled to load the bases, Murphy slapped a single past third to score Brantley and Raburn. The Royals' offense was shifted to the right against the left-handed Murphy, who beat the shift.
Corey Kluber, 5-spot in fifth inning pace Cleveland Indians to 5-1 win over Royals
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 25