Indians pitcher Corey Kluber was off to a great start in the opening game against the Kansas City Royals. He held the Royals to only 4 hits but one of those hits almost cost the Indians the game. In the 5th inning Kluber left one of his pitches over the plate and Alex Gordon erased the 4 run lead Cleveland had with one swing of the bat.
Gordon hit a grand slam home run and just like that the Indians found themselves tied with KC at 4. The Indians would be able to battle back to take the lead in the 7th when Carlos Santana hit a sac fly that would drive in Cabrera to regain the lead 5-4.
Then the old man Jason Giambi doubled to deep center to drive in Kipnis. The Indians would be back on top 6-4 over the Royals. The Indians would send in Joe Smith to pitch and he was able to hold the Royals hit-less.
Vinnie Pestano made things interesting in the 8th by giving up 2 hits and 1 run and the Indians lead was down to 1 run. Pestano showed signs of struggle but was able to work his way out of it by forcing a double play ball that would save the Indians lead.
Then Chris Perez came in for the 9th and he was able to hold the Royals to only one hit to preserve the Indians one run lead and help the Tribe win its 5th game in a row. The Tribe is now 2 games ahead in the A.L. Central and they are on a 5 game win streak.
The Indians are now 7 game above the .500 mark at 45-38.
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