Another road loss for the Royals
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:35:05 GMT —
Corey Kluber stayed stone-faced, maintaining the same stoic look in the clubhouse that he had for nine innings on the mound.
Kluber had everyone in Cleveland's clubhouse smiling after he struck out a career-high 11 and pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game, leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Thursday.
Kluber (2-2) didn't walk a batter, and his rare outing allowed Cleveland manager Terry Francona to give some needed rest to his bullpen.
David Murphy and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece in the Indians' five-run fifth off Bruce Chen (1-2), who controlled Cleveland's lineup for four innings.
The Indians have won four of five to get back to .500.
The Royals scored an unearned run off Kluber in the seventh when Omar Infante singled and scored when Indians first baseman Nick Swisher made a half-hearted attempt at Mike Moustakas' grounder, which got by him for an error and rolled all the way into the right-field corner.
Other than that, Kansas City's hitters were unable to do much against Kluber, whose previous long outing was 8 2-3 innings last July against the White Sox. He's 3-0 in four career starts against the Royals.