KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ubaldo Jimenez gave up just three hits in seven-plus innings, and Ryan Raburn went 4-for-4 with two home runs as the Cleveland Indians whipped the Kansas City Royals 9-0 Monday night to split a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Billy Butler's infield single with two outs in the fourth was the only hit Jimenez allowed in the first seven innings. Mike Moustakas doubled and Jeff Francoeur singled to open the eighth. Nick Hagadone replaced Jimenez and did not allow either of the inherited runners to score.
Raburn hit a three-run shot, his first home run since May 15, in Cleveland's six-run fifth to break the game open and knock out Royals starter Wade Davis (2-2). Raburn also homered in the eighth off reliever Kelvin Herrera.
It was Raburn's fourth career four-hit game, matching his career high, and his fifth two-homer game.
Jimenez (1-2) entered the game with a 10.06 ERA and had given up 18 runs on 13 hits and nine walks in 11 innings in his previous three starts. He baffled the Royals, getting 11 groundball outs, striking out four and walking two while throwing 69 strikes in 103 pitches.
The Indians' 14-hit attack included a Jeff Kipnis home run. Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored two runs.
Kipnis, who entered the game hitting .180 with three doubles being his only extra-base hits, homered in the first. The Indians had an opportunity at a bigger inning with an Asdrubal Cabrera walk and singles by Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, however, threw out Cabrera at the plate when he attempted to score from second on Reynolds' hit.
The Indians scored another run in the third, when Brantley led off with a double and scored on Cabrera's single.
The six-run fifth inning included run-producing doubles from Cabrera and Carlos Santana, plus an RBI single from Reynolds.
Davis faced 25 batters, and 15 reached base -- 12 hits and three walks. He yielded eight runs in 4 2/3 innings to balloon his earned run average from 3.20 to 5.55.
NOTES: Right-hander James Shields will start Tuesday against Tampa Bay, which traded him in December to the Royals. "Obviously, it is going to be a little weird facing my old team," Shields said. "I was with them for 12 years. It's kind of understandable that it's going to feel a little different. It'll be exciting. It's definitely going to be fun." ... The Indians will recall right-hander Trevor Bauer on Wednesday and start him against Philadelphia. ... The Phillies will start two former Cy Young Award winners against the Indians, Roy Halladay on Tuesday, Cliff Lee on Wednesday.