CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco overcame a home run on his first pitch of the game to throw six strong innings, and Lonnie Chisenhall drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Monday night.
Carrasco (13-10) let Alex Gordon hit his first pitch deep into the seats in right field, but that was the only run he allowed. The right-hander struck out nine in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
Lonnie Chisenhall drove in three runs for the Indians, who entered play trailing Texas by 4 1/2 games for the AL's second wild-card spot. Cleveland, which has won 13 of 18, also got back to the .500 mark (71-71).
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Jason Kipnis led off the Indians' first with a home run, and Giovanny Urshela hit a solo homer in the fourth.
Edinson Volquez (13-8) allowed four runs in five innings for Kansas City, which has lost eight of 10, while Gordon was 4 for 5.
Carrasco ran into trouble after striking out Alcides Escobar and Gordon in the sixth. Ben Zobrist walked, Lorenzo Cain singled and Eric Hosmer walked to load the bases.
Rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor backhanded Kendrys Morales' sharp ground ball and threw to first, ending the inning.
Run-scoring infield hits by Gordon and Ben Zobrist with two out in the seventh cut the lead to 4-3, but Bryan Shaw retired Lorenzo Cain on a fly ball to center.
Chisenhall's RBI double gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the third. He added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh. Yan Gomes added a two-run double in the seventh, and Lindor had an RBI triple in the eighth.
Royals: RHP Louis Coleman is listed as day to day after the back of his shoulder tightened up Sunday at Baltimore.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona said RHP Corey Kluber (strained right hamstring) will probably pitch Thursday against Kansas City. The reigning AL Cy Young winner threw a bullpen session Monday and will do fielding drills Tuesday. Kluber hasn't pitched since Aug. 29.
Royals: RHP Kris Medlen owns an 8-2 record and 2.21 ERA in 23 career appearances in the month of September.
Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin seeks to extend his five-game winning streak. He is 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA on the season.