Tomlin stays unbeaten as Indians down Royals 5-4
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Josh Tomlin stayed unbeaten and again helped Cleveland bounce back after a loss, leading the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Tomlin (5-0) worked into the seventh inning and became the first Indians pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011. Tomlin is 12-0 in 13 starts following a loss since the beginning of last season.
Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli homered off Edinson Volquez (3-3) as the Indians took two of three from the defending World Series champions.
Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals, just 3-9 in their last 12.
Kansas City closed to 5-4 in the seventh, but Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor threw out the potential tying run at the plate and reliever Bryan Shaw got Alcides Escboar to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
Shaw worked the eighth, and Cody Allen finished for his eighth save in eight chances.
Cleveland trusts Tomlin, and the right-hander delivered another solid outing as Cleveland improved to 10-4 against the AL Central.
Clinging to 3-2 a lead, Volquez didn't like something with the mound and asked for maintenance before pitching in the fifth. The grounds crew fixed the dirt for him and then the Indians did some work on the right-hander, scoring three times to go ahead 5-3.
Michael Brantley tied it with an RBI single, and Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop single gave Cleveland a 4-3 lead and chased Volquez, who walked four in 4 1/3 innings.
Marlon Byrd then made it 5-3 with a ground-rule RBI double off Danny Duffy.
Held in check by Tomlin for three innings, the Royals scored three in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Lorenzo Cain, who was thrown out by left fielder Brantley trying to stretch a single in the first, led off with a double and Hosmer went to a 3-2 count before connecting for his fifth homer, a 440-foot-plus shot into the Royals' center-field bullpen.
Alex Gordon singled with one out and scored on Salvador Perez's double.
The Indians got a run back in their half on Napoli's sixth homer.
Santana led off the first with his fifth homer, on Volquez's second pitch. It was Santana's second game-opening homer and first since April 22 against Detroit's Justin Verlander in his first at-bat atop Cleveland's lineup.
Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas was seen again by Dr. Tom Graham, who gave him a second opinion on his broken left thumb. The Royals placed Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Friday but have not disclosed any more information.
Indians: Backup C Roberto Perez was in Cleveland's clubhouse two days after surgery on his right thumb. The club projects Perez, who injured his thumb while tagging out a runner last week, could need three months to recover.
Royals: Chris Young (1-4) pitches the opener of a four-game series at the New York Yankees. Of the 19 runs Young has allowed, 13 have come on homers.
Indians: Corey Kluber (2-3), coming off a complete game shutout of Detroit, faces Houston's Mike Fiers as Cleveland begins a three-game series with the Astros. Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts against Houston.
Received 05/08/16 04:18 pm ET