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CLEVELAND -- Second baseman Jason Kipnis' two-out RBI double in the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and helped lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs against right-hander Wade Davis but only scored once on third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall's looping pinch-RBI single to left.

Center fielder Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBI for the Indians, who have won two of the first three games of the four-game series.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, first baseman Nick Swisher singled and scored on a double to right center by Kipnis off left-hander Kelvin Herrera (0-1).

Right-hander Bryan Shaw (1-0) pitched 2/3 of an inning to get the win. Right-hander John Axford, working for the third time in four days, pitched the ninth to pick up his American League-leading eighth save.

With the score tied 2-2, both teams scored single runs in the sixth, thanks to some shoddy defense by their opponent.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer led off the top of the sixth with a single. Designated hitter Billy Butler followed by hitting a grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, whose throw to second was in time to get Hosmer, except that Kipnis dropped the ball for an error. Four batters later, third baseman Mike Moustakas singled to right, scoring Hosmer to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley singled with one out. Brantley stole second and went to third when catcher Salvador Perez's throw sailed into center field for an error. Brantley then scored when Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson overran the ball for the second error on the play.

Right-hander Justin Masterson is Cleveland's No. 1 starter but came into the game winless in four April starts.

Masterson fell behind 2-0 in the second when he gave up back-to-back home runs to Perez and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Perez hit the first pitch that Masterson threw to him over the wall in center field and Moustakas belted a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right.

Cleveland tied it with a two-run bottom of the second against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. With one out, Cabrera singled and went to second on a single by catcher Yan Gomes. Third baseman Mike Aviles reached on a fielder's-choice grounder that resulted in Gomes being forced at second for the second out. But Bourn ripped a two-out, two-run triple into the right-center field gap to tie it at 2.

NOTES: Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a broken left arm. Eight screws and a plate were put in Kuntz's arm. He was hit by a line drive off the bat of C Salvador Perez before batting practice on Monday. Kuntz is expected to rejoin the team on Thursday in Baltimore, but it is not known when he will return to his first base coaching duties. . . Indians OF David Murphy leads the American League with a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position (7-for-14). . . Cleveland 3B Carlos Santana entered Wednesday's game in a 2-for-42 (.048) slide since April 9.
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