(Cleveland, OH) -- Corey Kluber pitched into the seventh inning for his 18th win of the year as the Indians edged the Royals 3-1 in Cleveland. He struck out 10 while giving up just one run on two hits and a walk to improve to 18-and-7 with the victory. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.
Greg Allen, Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis plated runs for the Tribe, which took two-of-three in the series.
Ryan O'Hearn tripled in KC's only run in the fourth inning. Brad Keller took the loss.
The win, and the Twins loss on Wednesday night to Houston brings the Tribe's Magic Number down to 8.
The Indians hit the road for the next week, starting Thursday night with the first of four in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Shane Bieber starts Thursday for the Tribe, and Sam Gaviglio for Toronto. First pitch at 7:07 p.m. on WTAM 1100 and 100.7 WMMS.
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Corey Kluber is the first @Indians pitcher to have 18+ wins in three straight seasons since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry did so from 1972-74.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 5, 2018
He is the fourth pitcher since 2000, joining Randy Johnson (2000-02), CC Sabathia (2009-11) & Justin Verlander (2009-11).#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/9oaaPNB0af