Royals let lead slip away in loss to Indians

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn, right, is congratulated by Jason Kipnis (22) on his solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. The Indians defeated the Royals 5-3. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn, right, is congratulated by Jason Kipnis (22) on his solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. The Indians defeated the Royals 5-3. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied against the stingy Kansas City Royals bullpen for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

The Indians were shut out until the sixth by Yordano Ventura, who made an electric major league debut. They tied the game 3-all in the seventh off reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Cabrera’s double off Wade Davis (7-11) in the eighth scored Drew Stubbs and gave Cleveland the lead.

Michael Bourn added a homer in the ninth to provide a cushion.

Meanwhile, Cody Allen (6-1) was among six Indians relievers who kept Kansas City off the scoreboard the final 4 1-3 innings. Chris Perez handled a perfect ninth for his 25th save.

The win allowed the Indians to remain a half-game back of Texas and Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race. The Royals are 3½ games adrift after the Rangers beat the Rays earlier in the night.

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