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The left-hander retired 11 straight before Carlos Santana led off with a double, snapping an 0-for-16 slide with just his third hit in 48 at-bats. Michael Brantley followed with a single to center for his team-leading 19th RBI, giving Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

The Indians didn’t stop there as Murphy slapped a two-run single to left, and Cabrera made it 5-0 with his double down the left-field line to end Chen’s outing.

The 28-year-old Kluber doesn’t come across as fiery, but Francona said his low-key demeanor is deceiving.

“He’s not the loudest guy in the clubhouse, but there’s a fire there, man,” Francona said. “He competes. He wants to be really good. He goes at it the right way. For a kid that doesn’t have a ton of time in the major leagues, he’s a good pro.”

Kansas City managed just one hit off Kluber in the first four innings, and then the Royals ran their way out of a scoring chance in the fifth when Alcides Escobar hesitated rounding second on Jarrod Dyson’s base hit, and Brantley threw him out from center.

The Royals turned a nifty double play to end the first.

With a Cabrera at third, first baseman Eric Hosmer fielded Jason Kipnis’ hard grounder, stepped on first and threw home. Catcher Brett Hayes made a sweeping tag on Cabrera, who was called out. Crew chief Bill Miller called for a review to see if Hayes had blocked the plate, but the call was confirmed.

NOTES: Kluber threw 101 pitches, 75 for strikes. … Kluber’s complete game was the first for the Indians since Justin Masterson’s on June 30 last season. … The Indians and Cincinnati Reds entered the day as the only teams yet to play in an extra-inning game this season. … The Indians will open a three-game interleague series in San Francisco on Friday. … Brantley is 11 for 22 in his career against Chen.