Indians Power Past Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 in seven innings and Asdrubal Cabrera, Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana each hit solo homers, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in a matchup between two teams in the thick of the AL wild-card chase.

The Indians, who won despite having only five hits, stayed even with Baltimore, 1.5 games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot. The Royals dropped to four games behind the Rays.

Jimenez (11-9) allowed one unearned run and didn’t walk a batter. The right-hander left with a 4-1 lead after throwing 99 pitches, but Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer off Cody Allen in the eighth.

Chris Perez survived a shaky ninth for his 23rd save, retiring Gordon on a fly ball with the bases loaded to end the game. The Indians have won six of eight.

First pitch is at 6:05pm on Tuesday night in Cleveland for Game two between the Royals and Indians.  NewsRadio 1350 KMAN will join the game in progress after K-State volleyball.