Before the Indians could pick up a bat, the Royals had exploded for three runs off Scott Kazmir (8-8). Alex Gordon started the game with a home run to ignite the Royals’ rally.
Cleveland scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Michael Brantley showed off his knack for two-out hitting with a single to score Michael Bourn and Mike Aviles.
However, that was all the offense the Tribe could muster against Royals starter James Shields (11-9), who only gave up four hits in eight innings. Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth for his 42nd save.
Cleveland will start a seven-game road trip today with four in Chicago against the White Sox and three in Kansas City against the Royals.
Detroit beat the White Sox 1-0 yesterday to take a 5.5-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. Cleveland is still only 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild-card race, but the Royals are now just a half-game behind the Indians.
Corey Kluber (8-5) will pitch tonight against the White Sox. Game time is 8:10 p.m. Eastern.
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