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CLEVELAND -- Jose Lima didn't get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.
Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second homer of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 win over the Indians on Sunday.
"Every time I come here, I have a special feeling," said Sweeney, who got his first major league hit at the ballpark in 1995 and is a .348 career hitter with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in Cleveland. "I really love playing here."
Sweeney hit a 1-2 pitch from Rafael Betancourt (1-1) into the left-field bleachers to break a 5-all tie and help the Royals win consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 17-18 in Cleveland. The win was Kansas City's third in 15 games overall.
"Even when we were down, we were confident that we could come back," Sweeney said.
Mike Wood (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings of relief, Andrew Sisco worked the eighth and Ambiorix Burgos struck out two in the ninth for his first career save in his fourth appearance.
Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to 3-8 in one-run games and 3-8 at Jacobs Field. The Indians' major league-worst batting average dropped to .225.
"Everything is magnified because we're not hitting," manager Eric Wedge said.
Lima held Cleveland hitless for the first five innings -- then gave up five runs and couldn't get out of the sixth.
"If I get through that inning, I would have had a no-hitter," Lima said. "But I went from glory to disaster."
Victor Martinez lined a one-out single and Travis Hafner hit the next pitch into the left-field seats for his second homer to bring the Indians within 5-2.
Hafner appeared to yell a few words as he circled the bases -- though he insisted they were not in response to Lima's animated gestures earlier when he got key outs.
"I was just pumped that we were back in the game and sometimes I just yell stuff and I don't even know what it is," Hafner said. "A pitcher's job is to get a hitter out of rhythm, and if his antics cause you to get mad, it works. We knew that. He pitched pretty good until that inning."
Jose Hernandez then singled and Ben Broussard walked. After Casey Blake lined out to center, Grady Sizemore hit a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field for his third homer and a 5-all tie, knocking Lima out of the game.
"I feel bad about it because my teammates gave me a lead and I couldn't hold it," Lima said. "But I'm not going to let one inning ruin my year."
Sweeney and Terrence Long hit solo homers and John Buck added a two-run shot to help Kansas City go ahead 5-0 off Scott Elarton.
Sweeney hit his third homer in the first inning.
"It would be nice to go 1-2-3 in the first inning at some point in my career," Elarton said. "I made three mistakes and booted a ball today, and paid for every one of them."
Matt Stairs doubled home an unearned run and Buck made it 4-0 in the fourth with a two-run homer after Elarton dropped a throw at first base for an error to put the leadoff batter aboard.
Long hit his first homer in the sixth.
Elarton gave up three earned runs and six hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.
Lima allowed five runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out two.
Sweeney has hit .327 with 19 homers and 74 RBI against the Indians. ... Lima hit Alex Cora in the leg with a pitch in the first inning. The two, who were teammates in Los Angeles in 2004, glared at each other before Cora jogged to first base. "No, there was nothing to it, it didn't even hurt," Cora said. ... Sweeney went 1-for-2 with a walk off Elarton and is 7-for-14 with two homers against the right-hander. ... Blake went 0-for-4 and is in a 1-for-25 (.040) slump. ... Royals 2B Ruben Gotay broke an 0-for-17 streak with a seventh-inning single.
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Joe McEwing, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.355|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||3||2||2||2||1||0||1||.293|
|Ken Harvey, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.333|
|Matt Stairs, RF||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||.260|
|a- Eli Marrero, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.247|
|Terrence Long, LF||4||2||1||1||0||0||0||.242|
|John Buck, C||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.194|
|Ruben Gotay, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.211|
|a-flied out for Stairs in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Stairs (5, Elarton)|
|HR - Mike Sweeney 2 (4, Elarton, Betancourt), Terrence Long (1, Elarton), John Buck (2, Elarton)|
|RBI - Mike Sweeney 2 (19), Matt Stairs (5), Terrence Long (6), John Buck 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney (8), Matt Stairs (4), Terrence Long (3)|
|CS - Angel Berroa (2, 2nd base by Elarton/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Berroa-Gotay-Harvey|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Mike Wood (W,1-2)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.60|
|Andy Sisco (H,1)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.00|
|Ambiorix Burgos (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|HBP - Cora (by Jose Lima)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 100-59, Mike Wood 18-11, Andy Sisco 16-8, Ambiorix Burgos 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 6-9, Mike Wood 1-1, Andy Sisco 1-1, Ambiorix Burgos 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Lima 26, Mike Wood 4, Andy Sisco 3, Ambiorix Burgos 3|
|Alex Cora, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Coco Crisp, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.243|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.209|
|Travis Hafner, DH||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.299|
|Jose Hernandez, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.227|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.229|
|Casey Blake, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.178|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||3||1||1||3||1||0||0||.237|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.213|
|a- Ron Belliard, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.303|
|a-struck out for Peralta in the 9th|
|HR - Travis Hafner (2, Lima), Grady Sizemore (3, Lima)|
|RBI - Travis Hafner 2 (10), Grady Sizemore 3 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (7)|
|SB - Alex Cora (3, 2nd base off Lima/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cora-Peralta-Broussard|
|E - Scott Elarton (1, missed catch), Jhonny Peralta (6, throwing error)|
|Rafael Betancourt (L,1-1)||1.1||2||1||1||0||0||1||1.32|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 93-60, Rafael Betancourt 21-15, Arthur Rhodes 7-6, Bob Wickman 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 9-4, Rafael Betancourt 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 26, Rafael Betancourt 5, Arthur Rhodes 2, Bob Wickman 3|
|Attendance - 17672|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young|