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Indians avoid winless homestand with 12-1 victory over Royals behind Kluber's strong outing

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor, left, is congratulated by Tyler Holt and Jason Kipnis, right, after Lindor hit a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cleveland. Holt and Kipnis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor, left, is congratulated by Tyler Holt and Jason Kipnis, right, after Lindor hit a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cleveland. Holt and Kipnis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and rookie Giovanny Urshela hit solo homers for Cleveland, which had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games of the homestand. Michael Bourn was 4 for 5 as Cleveland had a season-high 18 hits.

Kluber (6-11) held Kansas City to five hits. The reigning Cy Young Award winner retired the first 12 batters before Eric Hosmer's leadoff double in the fifth. Alex Rios' RBI groundout in the ninth scored the Royals' only run.

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