CLEVELAND -- 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 23 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.
Allen was subbing for regular closer Chris Perez, who had appeared in five of the previous six games. Perez was on the disabled list from May 27 to June 26 with a sore right shoulder and missed time in spring training because of the injury.
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen pitched six innings of one-hit ball in his first start of the season. Carlos Santana's leadoff double in the fifth was Cleveland's only hit off Chen, who struck out four and walk...