And coming off Tuesday night's frightful collapse where they gave up 11 runs in the ninth inning, who could argue?
"It looked better because I've never seen anything like last night," Royals manager Buddy Bell said of his team's 12th straight loss. "Yeah, it looked better because it was more of a conventional loss."
Grady Sizemore hit a 3-1 pitch for his first major-league grand slam and added an RBI single to power the Indians past the hapless Royals, who matched the club-record 12-game skid of 1997.
"I just wanted to get a pitch where I could drive some runs in," said Sizemore, who set a personal best with five RBI. "I happened to get a fastball and put a good swing on it."
C. C. Sabathia (8-9) went six innings, giving up seven hits and one run, with six strikeouts and one walk. After losing 4-3 to New York in their last home game, the Indians are 5-0 on a six-game trip to Detroit and Kansas City.
Sabathia has won two straight after breaking out of a five-game losing streak of his own.
"Getting out of jams was something I wasn't doing on the losing streak," he said.
The Royals now have the longest losing streak in the majors this year. They have not won since July 27 when they rallied from five runs down to beat the White Sox 6-5 in 13 innings. In their last four games, they've allowed 46 runs.
Right-hander Zack Greinke (3-14) went 4 1/3 innings and remained the losingest pitcher in the majors. He gave up seven hits and four runs, with four walks and four strikeouts.
Sizemore, who was 3-for-3 with two singles and two walks, has reached base in seven straight plate appearances. He hit a 3-1 pitch in the second for his first major league grand slam.
Blake, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, doubled off Shawn Camp with one out in the sixth and made it 5-1 on Sizemore's RBI single.
The Royals got a run in the third on an RBI double by David DeJesus, who broke a 1-for-32 skid.
Sabathia's biggest pitch came in the fifth when the Royals had the bases loaded with two out and Emil Brown lined out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Earlier in the inning, Coco Crisp made a great diving catch to save a run.
"If we had won 11 in a row, I guarantee you that ball would have been to the left or right and gotten through," said Royals catcher John Buck.
Crisp had an RBI single in the eighth.
Bell was ejected in the ninth inning by home plate umpire Tim Tschida for arguing from the dugout.
"I think it was more of a misunderstanding than anything," Bell said. "I can't really get into it. There was no swearing or anything like that. Two long nights for both of us. Tschida's a good umpire and he did a good job tonight. That's all I can say."
|Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore goes 3-for-3 with five RBI against Kansas City. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||3||1||3||5||2||0||0||.289|
|Coco Crisp, LF||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.296|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||5||.304|
|Travis Hafner, DH||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.314|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Ron Belliard, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.283|
|Jeff Liefer, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.220|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.233|
|Casey Blake, RF||3||3||2||0||1||1||1||.247|
|2B - Casey Blake (22, Camp)|
|HR - Grady Sizemore (13, Greinke)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore 5 (60), Coco Crisp (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (20)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|C.C. Sabathia (W,8-9)||6||7||1||1||1||6||0||5.10|
|IBB - Sweeney by C.C. Sabathia|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 104-70, Rafael Betancourt 23-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 2-10, Rafael Betancourt 1-3, David Riske 2-1|
|Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 26, Rafael Betancourt 6, David Riske 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Chip Ambres, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.310|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.305|
|Emil Brown, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.285|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.232|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.247|
|Donnie Murphy, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.213|
|Joe McEwing, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.261|
|2B - David DeJesus 2 (27, Sabathia, Sabathia), Donnie Murphy (4, Sabathia)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (50)|
|2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (16)|
|SB - Emil Brown (5, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Murphy-Berroa-McEwing, Greinke-Berroa-McEwing|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (L,3-14)||4.1||7||4||4||4||4||1||6.09|
|WP - Zack Greinke (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 100-57, Shawn Camp 64-41, Jeremy Affeldt 20-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 3-4, Shawn Camp 7-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, Shawn Camp 17, Jeremy Affeldt 5|
|Attendance - 16061|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 96|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott|