The Indians relentless as a pack of bloodhounds stayed on the wild-card scent Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Trailing for much of the game they rallied late to beat upset-minded Kansas City 5-3 and remain a half-game behind Texas and Tampa Bay who are tied for the American League's two wild-card spots.

The win No. 82 guaranteed the Indians their first winning season since 2007.

Asdrubal Cabrera awakening from a season-long slumber gave the Indians a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning with a double just beyond the out-stretched glove of left fielder Alex Gordon. Drew Stubbs pinch-running for Carlos Santana following a leadoff walk off Wade Davis (7-11) scored from second base.

Michael Bourn another Indian who has spent much of the season in never-never-land pushed the lead to 5-3 with a leadoff homer in the ninth. It was Bourn's sixth homer of the season and first since Aug. 17.

Cody Allen(6-1 2.63) earned the win. Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save.

"That was one of the most gratifying wins I've ever been part of" said manager Terry Francona.

The Indians improved to 11-5 in September and 10-8 against the Royals. The Royals who have won 15 of their last 23 games had beaten the Indians three straight times.