CLEVELAND (AP) -- One win at a time, the Royals are scrapping their way toward the top in the AL Central.
Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning as Kansas City rallied for a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Johnson, inserted after Billy Butler opened the ninth with a double, sprinted home and slid in safely after Albers' pitch got under catcher Carlos Santana and went all the way to the backstop.
With their 11th win in 13 games, the Royals, who were last in the division on June 5, moved past Cleveland into second place.
"We're grinding out wins now, so I'll take it," said starter James Shields, who went six innings but got another hard-luck no-decision. "We're real resilient as a team. Even when things got rough, we never gave up. We believe in ourselves."
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