American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland
(Friday, July 12th)
Final Score: Cleveland 3, Kansas City 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Corey Kluber tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings
and pinch-hitter Michael Bourn hit a two-run double to key a three-run seventh
frame to lift the Cleveland Indians past the Kansas City Royals, 3-0, in the
opener of a three-game set at Progressive Field.
Kluber (7-5) scattered three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts to
earn a win for the first time in his last four starts. Kluber has never walked
more than four batters in an outing.
"He had his stuff working, keeping them off balance," said Bourn about
Kluber's performance. "He was the one that won it with seven innings no earned
The exit of Royals starter Bruce Chen sparked Cleveland's offense. In his
first start of the season, Chen allowed just one hit and a walk in six innings
"I'm very happy with the way I pitched today," said Chen. "I did everything I
could to help the team win, the other club was just a little bit better."
Tim Collins (2-4) took the mound in the seventh and was welcomed by
consecutive singles from Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher. Aaron Crow replaced
Collins, but the result was the same as Carlos Santana lined a base hit up the
middle to plate Kipnis. Mark Reynolds bunted to the left of the mound into no-
man's land to load the bases with no outs. Bourn followed by smacking a double
David Lough had a triple and Mike Moustakas recorded two of the five hits for
the Royals, who have lost three straight.
Cody Allen sure made things interesting in the ninth inning. With a man on and
two outs, Allen surrendered a base hit and walk to load the bases. Allen,
though, struck out Jarrod Dyson, his third strikeout victim of the inning, to
secure the victory and his second save of the season.
Each team had runners in scoring position with no outs in the fifth inning but
both came away empty.
Lough led off the frame with a triple under the glove of a diving Swisher at
first base. Kluber walked two batters with eight straight balls to load the
bases with one out. After striking out Alex Gordon, Kluber was able to get
Eric Hosmer to groundout to escape unscathed.
The Indians first hit came in the bottom half with a Santana leadoff double to
right but Chen made sure he stayed put by retiring the next three batters.
One day after winning his major league debut, Cleveland optioned pitcher Danny
Salazar to Triple-A Columbus ... The Indians are 6-5 against the Royals this
year ... Allen became the 10th Cleveland reliever since 1916 to record at
least 50 strikeouts in the first half of the season ... Kansas City went 0-
for-4 with runners in scoring position, while Cleveland finished 3-for-10 ...
The Indians are 34-16 when starters go six-plus innings.