Indians slip past Royals to open series in Cleveland

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, avoids the tag by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez to score on a single by Carlos Santana in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, avoids the tag by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez to score on a single by Carlos Santana in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Corey Kluber pitched into the eighth inning and pinch hitter Michael Bourn had a big two-run single, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Kluber (7-5) allowed three hits and struck out eight in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth.

Joe Smith recorded the final out in the eighth and Cody Allen struck out Jarrod Dyson with the bases loaded for his second save. The five-hitter was Cleveland’s American League-leading 12th shutout.

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