KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Corey Kluber put together another Cy Young-worthy performance before leaving with a sprained right ankle Friday night, and Jay Bruce homered twice to help the Cleveland Indians rout the Kansas City Royals 10-1 in the opener of their three-game series.
Kluber (12-3) was cruising along until there was one out in the sixth inning, and Eric Hosmer sent a grounder to the right side of the infield. Kluber winced coming off the mound to cover the bag.
The two-time All-Star faced one more batter before Andrew Miller relieved him. Kluber allowed a homer to Brandon Moss along with five more hits, striking out four and walking one.
Jason Kipnis and Bruce took Ian Kennedy (4-9) deep in the first inning, and Bruce added a three-run shot in the seventh to finish with five RBIs.
Edwin Encarnacion hit the Indians' fourth homer of the night leading off the ninth.
UPDATE: Indians manager updated Kluber's status after the game (per Indians.com/MLB.com's Jordan Bastian)
Francona: Kluber's low-ankle injury believed to be mild. If he can throw his bullpen session this week, might not need to miss a turn.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 19, 2017