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Cleveland at Kansas City

W: D. Graves (2-0) L: E. Dessens (1-1)
S: B. Wickman (4)
HR: CLE - None   KC - None

Indians 6, Royals 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jhonny Peralta was paying close attention to how Elmer Dessens was throwing to Jason Michaels.

Peralta's quick study from the on-deck circle paid off immediately with a three-run double in the seventh inning as he matched his career high with four RBI in the Cleveland Indians' 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

The Royals have lost 11 straight games to drop to a major league-worst 2-13. They have only two longer losing streaks in franchise history -- 12 games in 1997 and 19 games last season. The Royals have been outscored 78-32 during the skid.

Ronnie Belliard led off the seventh with a single off Elmer Dessens (1-1), and Grady Sizemore's infield single and Michaels' walk loaded the bases with two out. Peralta then hit Dessens' first pitch of the at-bat into the left-field corner.

"I was watching how he was pitching to Michaels," Peralta said. "He was throwing a lot of balls inside. That's what I went up looking for, a pitch inside, and that's where he threw it."

After walking Michaels, Dessens said he wanted to make sure the first pitch to Peralta was a strike.

"It was a sinker in," Dessens said. "I wanted it down, but it was in the middle. I was one pitch away. I tried so hard to get the out. When we are in a streak like this, everybody is frustrated."

Peralta was 5-for-29 in the first six games of the trip.

"Peralta stepped up big time," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's comfortable in those situations. He likes being up in those situations. He's had a great deal of success with runners in scoring position, as well as late in the game."

The Royals have had little to no success this season or the past two seasons, losing 210 games.

"I don't know how many times we've done that," Royals manager Buddy Bell said of coming back to tie a game or take the lead only to give it back in the next inning. "It has happened a lot."

Kansas City pulled within one in the ninth on sacrifice flies by Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown, before Bob Wickman finished off his fourth save. The Royals had four sacrifice flies, tying a club record and one shy of the major league record.

Peralta's single in the first scored Sizemore for the first run. Michaels scored the other run in the first on Eduardo Perez's sacrifice fly.

The Indians made it 3-0 in the fourth when Perez doubled, took third on Mark Redman's wild pitch and scored on Belliard's single.

Kansas City's Mike Sweeney, who entered the game hitting .125, had four hits for his first multihit game of the season.

Sweeney led off the Royals' three-run sixth with a single and advanced to third on Sanders' single. Sweeney scored on Brown's sacrifice fly. Sanders, who stole second for his 299th career steal, scored on Angel Berroa's single. Shane Costa's sacrifice fly scored Mark Teahen with the final run of the inning, tying it at 3.

It was the first time in 20 innings that the Royals had scored. The Royals had two singles in each of the first two innings and a double in the third, but failed to score off left-hander Cliff Lee. The Royals stranded 10 runners, including six in scoring position, and had two other runners thrown out at third base.

Lee, 4-0 in seven starts at Kauffman Stadium, allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Danny Graves (2-0), who got the final out of the sixth for the only batter he faced, picked up the victory.

The Royals still don't have a win from a starting pitcher. Redman, who was making his second start after having knee surgery in spring training, gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in a no-decision.


  • Indians C Victor Martinez went 0-for-4, snapping his 15-game hitting streak, which was the longest in majors this season.
  • Indians RHP Matt Miller is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday to repair a flexor tendon injury and is expected to be out four to six months.
  • Royals C John Buck struck out in the second inning for the first time in 31 at-bats this season. Buck struck out 94 times in 401 at-bats in 2005.
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Sweeney
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

J. Peralta
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 16791
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Tom Hallion