That wasn't the case last season against the Royals as Kluber went 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four starts against them. The Indians used a five-run outburst in the fifth inning and a complete game from right-hander Corey Kluber to claim a 5-1 victory over the Royals on Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field. "I just didn't execute pitches very well," Kluber told the team's official website. That was more than sufficient for Kluber, who sliced his way through Kansas City's lineup throughout the day. Facing Royals lefty Bruce Chen, who has been a nemesis in recent seasons, the Indians broke through after four shutout frames. Murphy and Cabrera delivered big hits in the Indians' five-run fifth off Bruce Chen , who controlled Cleveland's lineup for four innings. Jason Kipnis ' RBI double in the seventh ended up being the difference, and though he's batting just .243 after signing a six-year, $52.5 million contract on opening day, his production has been considerably better than his .200 average in April a season ago.