KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) From the moment that Ubaldo Jimenez started to warm up in the bullpen, and noticed the run on his fastball, he had a pretty good idea that this night would be unlike any other this season.
Any other in quite a while, for that matter.
The Indians' right-hander baffled the Kansas City Royals while pitching into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn belted two home runs to pace the Cleveland offense, and the result was a 9-0 win Monday night that salvaged a split of a four-game series.
"It felt really good," said Jimenez, who hadn't won in his past 12 starts. "When I saw the run on my fastball, I said, We have to take advantage of that.'"
Jimenez (1-2) certainly did, allowing only two walks and an infield single by Billy Butler over his first seven innings.
Along the way, he started to resemble the pitcher who once threw a no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies and earned a spot in the All-Star game.
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