Tribe Tops Royals, 3-0

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber took a page out of rookie Danny Salazar’s book and pitched a fantastic game on Friday night in the Indians 3-0 win over the Royals at Progressive Field.

Kluber outdueled Bruce Chen of Kansas City. Chen opened the game with a no-hitter against the Indians through the first four innings. The first Tribe hit was a Carlos Santana double leading off the bottom of the 5th, but the Tribe did not break through on the scoreboard until the 7th inning.

Santana singled in All-Star Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the 7th for the 1-0 Cleveland lead.

The game would become 3-0 when pinch hitter Michael Bourn ripped a two-run double. That was set up when Mark Reynolds, who has been struggling at the plate, laid down a surprise bunt for a base hit.

Kluber went just over 7 innings and completely stymied the visitors. He scattered three hits and struck out eight batters while walking three men. He lowered his era to 3.88.

Joe Smith relieved Kluber with two outs in the 8th and recorded the last out of the inning.  Cody Allen got a chance to close in the 9th as Chris Perez was unavailable.  Allen gave up two hits but struck out three to get the save.

The Indians posted their 12th shutout of the season, most in the American League.