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CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago with a 106-91 victory over the Bulls in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Donning his signature headband for the first time in two months and powering to the basket, James kept the Cavs from falling into a 2-0 hole. He added eight rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which led by 25 in the third quarter and withstood a third-quarter charge by the Bulls.
For the second straight game, the Cavs were without forward Kevin Love (shoulder surgery) and J.R. Smith (two-game suspension). But they had James and he was more like himself after a sub-par performance in the opener.
Jimmy Butler scored 18 and Derrick Rose had 14 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, who host Game 3 on Friday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Just about everyone in the Cleveland lineup drove in a run, Carlos Carrasco tossed seven sharp innings and the Indians rolled to a 10-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Brandon Moss homered and added a two-run double to lead the charge, but six other Indians also drove in runs, helping Carrasco (4-2) end a three-game skid against the Royals.
He gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales, but otherwise shut down a Kansas City lineup that returned hot-hitting outfielder Lorenzo Cain from a two-game suspension.
Cleveland had already taken a 4-0 lead when Danny Duffy (2-1) was yanked after facing five batters without getting an out in the second. The Royals' bullpen briefly slowed the onslaught, but the Indians added four more runs in the seventh to put the game away.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mike Leake worked eight innings for his sixth straight victory over Pittsburgh and Marlon Byrd homered for the second night in a row as the Cincinnati Reds beat the skidding Pirates 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Leake (2-1) allowed six hits and has not lost to the Pirates in 15 starts, dating to 2012.
The Reds' Brandon Phillips had three singles, including one that hugged the third-base line in the fourth inning and scored Todd Frazier, who had tripled, with the game's first run. Phillips scored on Leake's single then Byrd led off the fifth inning with his fifth home run of the season.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save, finishing the seven-hitter.
April's NL Pitcher of the Month Gerrit Cole (4-1) lost his first start in May.
CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon is slated to make his first major league start on Saturday against Cincinnati.
Rodon is to start in place of Jeff Samardzija, who on Wednesday started serving a five-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl against Kansas City on April 23.
The 22-year-old left-hander made his major league debut on April 21 and has a 2.84 ERA in 6 1-3 innings and three relief appearances.
"He's doing well for a young guy coming up and I know it's been a tough spot for him to be able to fill some innings for us, come in and get a lefty," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Now, with this going on, he gets the chance to make a start for us. It's a good spot for him."
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson didn't pay much attention to the NFL draft last week. He was caught up in his long-awaited graduation.
Johnson got his bachelor's degree in business administration last Saturday at Georgia Tech. It took a lot of offseason studying, but he finally earned his diploma six years after Cincinnati took him in the draft.
Johnson says it meant a lot to get the degree. He was about 10 classes short when he left Georgia Tech, and he took classes at the college during three offseasons to meet the requirements.
He's planning to have the diploma sent to his mother.
Now he's getting reacquainted with the Bengals' defense after spending last season with Tampa Bay.