What a Comeback! Indians Beat Royals, 5-3

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri– The Cleveland Indians erased a 3-0 deficit in the late innings to beat the Royals, 5-3, to enhance their post-season hopes.

Eric Hosmer got the home team going in the bottom of the first inning when he doubled in  Emilio Bonifacio to make it a 1-0 lead.

The Royals collected a pair of runs in the 3rd inning. Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly to left which scored Bonifacio and it was 2-0. Mike Moustakas brought in the third run with a double to deep center field and Hosmer was able to score.

The Indians got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Michael Brantley laced a single to right field with runners on first and third to score Nick Swisher. It was 3-1.

The Royals took that time to end Ventura’s night. He exited to a loud ovation from the small crowd.

The Indians tied it in the 7th. A Michael Bourn triple made it  3-2. A Nick Swisher sacrifice fly tied it at 3 all.

Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a go-ahead double to give the Indians a 4-3 lead in the 8th.

The Tribe got insurance in the 9th on a Bourn solo homer.

Chris Perez finished off a great night for the bullpen. He was the 6th reliever used. All of them shut down the Royals in the final 4 and one third innings.

Ventura went 5 and two/thirds innings and allowed 5 hits and one earned run. He struck out 3.

Korey Kluber, his counterpart, gave up 3 runs over four and two/thirds innings.

The Indians play the Royals again in Kansas City, Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m.