After 2-0 win over Cleveland, Royals’ magic number is ‘nine’

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CLEVELAND — Kansas City was a 2-0 winner at Cleveland behind Kris Medlen, who gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Alex Rios hit a solo homer off hard-luck loser Josh Tomlin, who took the loss despite going the distance on a four-hitter. The Royals’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is nine.

Medlen (4-1) stifled the Indians before Royals manager Ned Yost turned things over to his top-ranked bullpen. Ryan Madson struck out two in the seventh, Wade Davis got through the eighth and Greg Holland worked around a two-on, no-out mess he created in the ninth for his 31st save.

Rios homered in the fifth inning off Josh Tomlin (5-2) for the Royals, who won for just the third time in 11 games as they close in on a probable AL Central title.

The Indians, who pulled back to .500 for just the second time since April by winning the series opener, fell to 13-6 since Aug. 25.

After Rios’ homer, the Indians’ pyro-technician mistakenly set-off fireworks, and was promptly booed by Cleveland fans.

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