CLEVELAND — At last year’s All-Star break, the Indians had 44 wins and were three games out of first place.
After sweeping the Kansas City Royals Sunday, the Tribe is now 51-44 and just one and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers.
All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis started the scoring Sunday with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning that scored Michael Born. But the Royals came back in the 2nd, thanks to a controversial play at the plate where it appeared Lorenzo Cain was tagged out.
The Indians trailed 4-3 until the bottom of the 6th inning when Asdrubal Cabrera came up with the biggest hit of the game: a two-run double to deep right-center that put the Indians ahead for good.
The bullpen did the rest with Chris Perez closing out the game for his 13th save.
The Indians topped the Royals 6-4 and swept the series.
They do not play again until Friday in Minnesota.
The 2013 All-Star Game will air live on Fox 8 Tuesday from Citi Field in New York at 7:30 p.m.
Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis along with the rest of the American League All-Stars will battle the National League for home field advantage in the World Series.