KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cleveland Indians could barely believe what they were watching in the ninth inning.
Kansas City took a five-run lead into the ninth and was on the verge of snapping a 10-game losing streak, but the Indians sent 14 men to the plate and scored 11 runs to rally for a 13-7 victory Tuesday night over the bumbling Royals.
Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer capped the inning after Angel Berroa, Chip Ambres and Emil Brown all made errors. Eight of the runs in the inning were unearned.
"They kind of gave it to us," said Casey Blake, who led off the ninth with a double. "Obviously, they cut their own throats. You won't see that too often, big-leaguers dropping a ball, let alone two in one inning.
"Any time you get some big hits and the defense is giving you more outs, things like that can happen. It looked pretty bleak when you're down five runs and their closer comes in."
The Royals are one loss shy of the longest skid in franchise history, set from June 28-July 13, 1997.
"It was a crazy game," Indians manager Eric Wedge. "It was really two different games. That's the reason you play all the way through."
Aaron Boone doubled in the go-ahead run in the inning. Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner also had ninth-inning doubles.
"That one was gift-wrapped, but when you score 11 runs in an inning you've got to do a lot of things right," Boone said. "It was pretty wild in the dugout. It was a pretty exciting atmosphere. It was like a little kid's feeling. We were giddy. You can't believe what's happening."
Berroa failed to catch a popup that allowed a run to score, and Ambres dropped pinch-hitter Jeff Liefer's fly ball to the warning track in left that would have ended the game. That tied it, and Boone followed with his double to make it 8-7.
"When I first hit, I thought it might have a chance (to go out)," Liefer said. "Then I saw him sitting under and said, 'Darn it, I just missed it.' Then I saw it clink off his glove and I was happy again."
Said Ambres, "I just dropped it. There's no excuses. I've got to make that play. The inning was snowballing on us. I've got to make that catch. It just went in and out (of my glove)."
Two more runs scored when Brown kicked away Sizemore's single -- his second hit of the inning -- and Peralta followed a walk to Coco Crisp with his homer.
"It just didn't make any sense to me," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "I've never played, managed or coached a game like that. To see a big-league game like that is unheard of. I've never seen anything like that. I hope I don't see it again."
Mike MacDougal (2-4), the fifth of six Royals pitchers, allowed seven runs -- five earned -- while recording just two outs in the ninth. Scott Sauerbeck (1-0) picked up the victory.
"My job is to get the next guy," MacDougal said after the errors. "I didn't do the job."
Mike Sweeney hit a three-run homer and Mike Wood pitched 5 2/3 solid innings as the Royals led 7-2 going into the ninth. Wood, who began the season in the bullpen before being optioned to Triple-A Omaha last month to make two starts, held the Indians to eight hits and one run.
"Today was embarrassing," Sweeney said. "I've never seen one get away like that we were winning by that much and we got our stud (MacDougal) on the hill. I've never seen one like that in my 10 years. It was a heartbreaking loss."
Crisp, who had three hits and scored four runs, tripled in the third and scored on Peralta's single for the only run off Wood.
Brown drove in two runs for the Royals with a first-inning single and a fifth-inning double.
Berroa had three hits, including a homer to lead off the eighth. But his first error in the eighth helped the Indians score a run off Jeremy Affeldt.
Royals designated hitter Matt Stairs strained his left calf running the bases in the first inning. Joe McEwing hit for Stairs, who is listed as day to day, in the second inning.
|Players of the Game|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||6||2||2||2||0||0||0||.284|
|Coco Crisp, LF||5||4||3||1||1||0||0||.294|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||6||1||2||4||0||2||2||.305|
|Travis Hafner, DH||5||1||2||0||1||2||0||.316|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||0||3||2||0||1||1||.276|
|Ramon Vazquez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Josh Bard, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Ron Belliard, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.286|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||5||.260|
|a- Jeff Liefer, PH-1B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||0||4||.231|
|Casey Blake, RF||4||2||1||0||1||2||3||.244|
|a-flied out for Broussard in the 9th|
|2B - Grady Sizemore (25, MacDougal), Coco Crisp (27, Affeldt), Travis Hafner 2 (27, Wood, MacDougal), Aaron Boone (14, MacDougal), Casey Blake (21, MacDougal)|
|3B - Coco Crisp (3, Wood)|
|HR - Jhonny Peralta (16, Gobble)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (55), Coco Crisp (43), Jhonny Peralta 4 (54), Victor Martinez 2 (56), Ron Belliard (50), Aaron Boone (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (28), Jhonny Peralta 3 (30), Aaron Boone (13)|
|PK - Jhonny Peralta (2, Wood)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Peralta-Belliard-Broussard|
|Scott Sauerbeck (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.14|
|WP - Cliff Lee (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 86-52, Brian Tallet 35-19, Scott Sauerbeck 3-3, Bob Howry 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 2-9, Brian Tallet 3-4, Scott Sauerbeck 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 25, Brian Tallet 11, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Bob Howry 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.281|
|Chip Ambres, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.342|
|Mike Sweeney, 1B||4||2||1||3||1||0||0||.308|
|Matt Stairs, DH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.263|
|a- Joe McEwing, PH-DH||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|b- Terrence Long, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Emil Brown, RF||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.286|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.262|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.250|
|John Buck, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||3||.232|
|Donnie Murphy, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.209|
|a-flied out for Stairs in the 4th|
|b-fouled out for McEwing in the 9th|
|2B - Chip Ambres (3, Lee), Emil Brown (22, Lee), Angel Berroa (16, Lee)|
|HR - Mike Sweeney (18, Lee), Angel Berroa (8, Tallet)|
|RBI - Mike Sweeney 3 (62), Emil Brown 2 (55), Angel Berroa (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney 3 (24), Emil Brown (10)|
|PK - Emil Brown (3, Lee)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Chip Ambres (1, Dropped fly), Angel Berroa (15, ), Emil Brown (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Ambiorix Burgos (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.17|
|Mike MacDougal (L,2-4)||0.2||6||7||4||0||1||0||4.21|
|IBB - Blake by Jimmy Gobble|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Wood 71-50, Andy Sisco 21-12, Jeremy Affeldt 12-6, Ambiorix Burgos 14-6, Mike MacDougal 26-19, Jimmy Gobble 22-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Wood 7-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Wood 24, Andy Sisco 4, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Ambiorix Burgos 3, Mike MacDougal 9, Jimmy Gobble 5|
|Attendance - 15182|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|