KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the 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. The flame-throwing Ventura was consistently clocked at 97 and 98 mph.
After scoring a run but leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, Cleveland tied the game 3-3 in the seventh off reliever Kelvin Herrera.
Cabrera’s double off Wade Davis (7-11) in the eighth scored Drew Stubbs and gave the Indians, who remain just out of the two wild-card playoff spots, 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.
Much-maligned closer Chris Perez handled a perfect ninth for his 25th save, getting the last two batters looking.
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.
The series concludes tonight with Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.66 ERA) going against the Royals Bruce Chen (7-3, 3.11).