"It probably looked like Jason was closer to the ball, but that's not what we preach around here," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "What we preach around here is you collide going after a ball. You don't look at each other. We have ice. We have a training staff. You don't look at each other and let a ball drop. Unfortunately, that cost us."
Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the sixth on a single and two walks. Hosmer made a diving stop of a sharp grounder by Travis Hafner and threw to second for a force as a run scored to make it 4-1.
Hochevar left after walking Kipnis with one out in the seventh.
Tommy Hottovy, called up from Triple-A Omaha, promptly hit Casey Kotchman, who was in an 0-for-21 slump, with his first pitch. Aaron Cunningham followed with a single up the middle to score Kipnis, cutting the Royals' lead to 4-2.
Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo sat out with a tight left hamstring. Choo is a .600 hitter (15 of 25) with 12 RBIs in his career against Hochevar. He isn't expected to go to the disabled list.
Jimenez gave up six hits and four runs over six innings.
NOTES: Kansas City snapped a 12-game losing streak in 2008 against the Indians with a home win. ... Royals OF Lorenzo Cain, out since April 11 with a strained left groin, returned to Kansas City after hurting his hip while on a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha. ... RHP Jeremy Jeffress was optioned to Omaha when the Royals added Hottovy. ... Acta said Choo's injury will not affect the timetable for OF Johnny Damon, who signed last week and is at the Indians' training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. The 38-year-old is expected to join Cleveland in early May. ... Indians OF Grady Sizemore, who had back surgery March 1, ran in the outfield and played catch during pregame. He is scheduled to hit off a batting tee this weekend.