Jason Kipnis knocked in three runs, and Shin- Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
Cleveland left-hander David Huff (3-0) pitched well enough to earn the win in just his third start of the year. He pitched six innings of three-run ball. Huff allowed eight hits, but struck out five and walked none.
Cleveland's bats got rolling in the second, scoring at least a run in four consecutive innings to give Huff a commanding seven-run lead with which to work.
Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and Brent Lillibridge added two hits and scored twice.
Cord Phelps and Ezequiel Carrera each had an RBI for the Indians, who have won three in a row.
Royals starter Will Smith (6-9) lasted three-plus innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, while striking out two and walking a pair. He was yanked in the fourth with no outs and a runner on second after giving up a single and an RBI double to the first two batters of the inning.
Billy Butler hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Salvador Perez knocked in two for the Royals, losers of their last six.