The top three hitters in the Cleveland Indians lineup drove in six runs as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 Friday, one day after firing manager Manny Acta and replacing him on an interim basis with Sandy Alomar Jr.
An RBI-double in the second inning by Adam Moore put the Royals up 1-0, but the Indians responded with eight unanswered runs over the next four innings.
RBI-singles by Cord Phelps and Ezequiel Carrera and an RBI-double by Shin-Soo Choo in the second inning gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead.
Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI-double in the third to make it 4-1.
Choo drove in another run with his second double of the game in the fourth inning. Jason Kipnis drove in three runs, one on an RBI-groundout in the fourth and the other two on a single in the fifth.
Kansas City scored two runs each in the sixth and the eighth to make the score closer, but the Cleveland bullpen limited the damage in each inning.
David Huff (3-0, 2.86 ERA) picked up the win, giving up three earned runs in six innings while striking out five. Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 39th save of the season.