Royals keep Indians winless in Kluber starts, take series with 7-4 win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber remained winless through seven starts this year, with Eric Hosmer hitting a three-run homer in the first inning that sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Thursday.

Kluber (0-5) matched the record for most winless starts by a pitcher after winning a Cy Young . Zack Greinke in 2010 and Frank Viola in 1989 also went seven in a row without a victory.

Kluber gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings, and left with a 5.04 ERA. In his past four starts, Kluber has a 7.43 ERA, yielding 38 hits and 19 earned runs in 23 innings.

The Cleveland ace went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA last year.

Franklin Morales (3-0) won with two innings in relief.

Rain delayed the start of the game by two hours, 17 minutes.