Travis Hafner belted his 24 th home run, a 2 run shot, in the 1 st inning to get the Cleveland Indians on their way to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Esteban German drove in a pair of runs with his 4 th home run of the season for the Royals.

C.C. Sabathia (19-7) pitched 7 innings, allowing only 3 earned runs on 8 hits for the win. Joe Borowski pitched a scoreless inning for his 44 th save. Kyle Davies (7-15) surrendered 5 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

The Royals (68-92) and the Indians (95-65) continue their weekend series Saturday night at the K. Gil Meche (9-13) goes to the mound for Kansas City against Jake Westbrook (6-9) for the Tribe.