Home runs lift Indians over Royals

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes raises his fist after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes raises his fist after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 in seven innings and Asdrubal Cabrera, Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana each hit solo homers, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in a matchup between two teams in the thick of the AL wild-card chase.

The Indians, who won despite having only five hits, stayed even with Baltimore, 1½ games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot. The Royals dropped to four games behind the Rays.

Jimenez (11-9) allowed one unearned run and didn’t walk a batter. The right-hander left with a 4-1 lead after throwing 99 pitches, but Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer off Cody Allen in the eighth.

Chris Perez survived a shaky ninth for his 23rd save, retiring Gordon on a fly ball with the bases loaded to end the game. The Indians have won six of eight.

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