Kansas City, MO – Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and 4, in the opener of a three-game series.
Carlos Santana added an RBI double for the Indians, who moved into sole possession of second place in the AL Central. They remain 5 1/2 games behind the division-leading Tigers, who defeated the White Sox on Friday.
Bruce Chen (10-6) lasted six innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits to halt his win streak at five games.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer for the Royals, losers of three of their last four.