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Indians 10, Royals 2 (2nd game)

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CLEVELAND -- On a night the Cleveland Indians celebrated 10 years of great memories at Jacobs Field, rookie Grady Sizemore gave them a new one to savor.

Sizemore hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 4-3 win Saturday and sweep of a day-night doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

Sizemore's base hit to left on a 3-2 pitch from Rudy Seanez - Kansas City's fourth pitcher in the ninth - scored pinch-runner Tim Laker and capped Cleveland's two-run rally.

"I'm trying to play it cool," said Sizemore, the Indians' prized prospect, who was remarkably calm after just his fifth game. "But it's been pretty wild around here already."

Matt Miller (3-1) struck out five in two innings as the Indians won their third straight and moved to .500 (49-49) for the first time since July 2.

Cleveland did it with another late-inning comeback at the Jake. The Indians have won 127 times in their final at-bat since the ballpark opened in 1994.

"If you're trailing in the ninth by one run or you're tied, this is the place to be," said Royals starter Brian Anderson, who has had two stints with the Indians. "It doesn't matter which era. The crowd gets into it, the music gets going and the place becomes electric.

"It happened again tonight."

Chad Durbin's six-hitter against his former team led the Indians to a 10-2 victory in the opener.

The Royals, who got a strong start from Anderson in the night game, have lost seven of nine and dropped to an AL-worst 35-61.

Anderson didn't have much trouble against the Indians, allowing just two hits in six innings. The left-hander also received a nice defensive play by left fielder Ruben Mateo, who threw out Victor Martinez trying to score in the fifth.

In the eighth, Mateo cut down Sizemore, who pinch ran and was out by 10 feet at home. The former high school football star couldn't knock the ball loose from catcher John Buck.

"He didn't budge," Sizemore said. "I'm sure he didn't feel a thing."

With the Royals leading 3-1, reliever Ryan Bukvich gave up one run in the eighth and walked Ronnie Belliard opening the ninth. Jaime Cerda got two outs, but Royals manager Tony Pena brought in Scott Sullivan, who walked pinch-hitter Matt Lawton.

Pena, without injured closer Jeremy Affeldt, then called on Rudy Seanez, who hasn't had a save since 2001. Ben Broussard, who won Friday's game with a walkoff homer in the 11th, greeted Seanez with an RBI single to score pinch-runner John McDonald and tie it 3-3.

Sizemore then dropped his winning single into left before being swarmed on by his teammates in the infield.

Pena said he made the moves in the ninth to get the right matchups, but he couldn't do anything about his reliever's wildness.

"When you work so hard to get a game to the ninth and lose, it hurts," he said. "A couple of walks cost us the ballgame."

The Indians nearly tied it in the eighth on Omar Vizquel's single to left. Broussard scored on the play but third-base coach Joel Skinner decided to test Mateo again and waved Sizemore around. But Mateo's throw was perfect, and Sizemore never had a chance.

In the day game, Durbin (4-4) lost a bid for his first career shutout in the ninth inning.

Belliard had three RBIs for the Indians, who scored eight runs in the second inning of the first game off Chris George (1-2).

Royals third baseman Joe Randa went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game back since undergoing knee surgery on June 28.

Notes

Pena, a catcher for three seasons in Cleveland, helped throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of festivities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jacobs Field. Fans voted Pena's game-winning homer in Game 1 of the 1995 division series against Boston as the top moment in the ballpark's history. ... With Lawton nursing a sore hamstring, Lou Merloni started in left for the first time in his career. It looked like it as Merloni allowed one ball to get through his legs and had another bounce off his head as he tried a diving catch. ... The Indians are 10-0 in one-run games on the weekend at home.


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Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Mateo
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5011002 .202
Tony Graffanino, 2B4121111 .274
Mike Sweeney, 1B5010014 .292
Matt Stairs, RF4010111 .258
Ken Harvey, DH4011101 .302
Joe Randa, 3B3000103 .279
Angel Berroa, SS4000024 .255
Ruben Mateo, LF3210010 .263
John Buck, C3010122 .164
Totals353835818 
Batting
2B - Tony Graffanino 2 (11, Tadano, Howry), Matt Stairs (9, Tadano), Ruben Mateo (3, Howry)
RBI - David DeJesus (9), Tony Graffanino (26), Ken Harvey (40)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (4), Tony Graffanino (12), Ken Harvey (19)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ruben Mateo 2
DP - Randa-Graffanino-Sweeney, Mateo-Buck
PB - John Buck (3)
E - Angel Berroa (18, throwing error)
Kansas City Royals
Brian Anderson 6200040 6.65
Dennys Reyes (H,2) 1211010 4.63
Ryan Bukvich (H,1) 1222210 2.84
Jaime Cerda (H,7) 0.2000000 2.48
Scott Sullivan (L,3-3)0011100 3.94
Rudy Seanez (BS,1)0200000 5.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Anderson 75-54, Dennys Reyes 27-14, Ryan Bukvich 16-8, Jaime Cerda 5-4, Scott Sullivan 6-2, Rudy Seanez 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Anderson 7-6, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Ryan Bukvich 1-0, Jaime Cerda 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Anderson 19, Dennys Reyes 5, Ryan Bukvich 6, Jaime Cerda 2, Scott Sullivan 1, Rudy Seanez 2
Cleveland Indians
Coco Crisp, CF-LF4000012 .265
Omar Vizquel, SS4121001 .300
Ron Belliard, 2B3011100 .299
Victor Martinez, C4010002 .307
    John McDonald, PR0100000 .200
Travis Hafner, DH4010011 .325
Casey Blake, 3B3000021 .259
   a- Matt Lawton, PH0000100 .302
    Tim Laker, PR0100000 .225
Ben Broussard, 1B3111101 .271
Lou Merloni, LF3010010 .298
    Grady Sizemore, PR-CF1011000 .250
Jody Gerut, RF2000010 .247
Totals31484368 
a-walked for Blake in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ron Belliard (30, Reyes), Travis Hafner (32, Anderson)
SH - Jody Gerut (1)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (40), Ron Belliard (43), Ben Broussard (45), Grady Sizemore (2)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel (19), Ben Broussard (13), Grady Sizemore (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Lou Merloni (4, misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Kazuhito Tadano 5511520 4.73
Bob Howry 2211010 1.88
Matt Miller (W,3-1) 2111050 4.13
HBP - Mateo (by Matt Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Kazuhito Tadano 95-51, Bob Howry 33-20, Matt Miller 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kazuhito Tadano 7-6, Bob Howry 2-3, Matt Miller 1-0
Batters Faced - Kazuhito Tadano 25, Bob Howry 8, Matt Miller 8
Game Information
Attendance - 27865
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - James Hoye