Three-Run Third Inning Gives KC Win; Royals 4, Indians 2

The Indians and Corey Kluber fell victim to a stretch of five Kansas City batters who reached base in the third inning in a 4-2 loss on Wednesday. Despite the loss, the Indians have won 11 of 15; the teams will play a rubber match tonight at Kauffman Stadium.

The Indians led, 2-1, in the third, on a Brandon Moss RBI double and Mike Aviles RBI single. But KC’s Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales reached base consecutively, scoring three off Kluber and sending him to his sixth loss.

Despite that loss, Kluber struck out nine batters to give him 105 in 11 starts – he’s the fastest Tribe pitcher to record 100 strikeouts since Sam McDowell had 100 in 12 starts in 1970.

W: Jason Vargas (4-2)

L: Corey Kluber (3-6)

S: Greg Holland (8)

Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

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