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CLEVELAND (AP) - Alex Gordon homered on the game's first pitch, James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Wednesday in a matchup of teams fighting for an American League playoff spot.

Kansas City took 2 of 3 in the series between clubs that are in contention for the second wild card spot in the AL. The Royals, who entered Wednesday trailing Tampa Bay by three games, moved a game closer to the Indians. Cleveland was 1½ games behind the Rays.

The Royals had a home run, a triple and a single on the game's first seven pitches to take a 2-0 lead. Kansas City added a run in the first inning.

Shields (11-9) gave up two runs, two hits, and hit a batter in the bottom half before taking control.

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