Cleveland at Kansas City

W: M. Wood (2-0) L: P. Byrd (2-2)
HR: CLE - None   KC - None

Kansas City's early offensive onslaught shuts door on losing skid

CBS wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Wood helped put an end to another long losing streak for the Kansas City Royals.

It's a situation he is all too familiar with.

Emil Brown drove in three runs and Wood worked 4 1/3 innings as the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 11-5 on Saturday night to snap an 11-game losing streak.

Wood (2-0) allowed just an unearned run and three hits. He was the winning pitcher Aug. 20 when the Royals broke a franchise-record 19-game losing streak at Oakland.

"That losing streak we had was bad," Wood said. "We went through it last year for the 19 games. We just had to end it again. Someone ended it. No doubt it didn't need to go any longer. The offense just came out firing."

Brown was more than happy to end the 11-game streak, which matched the third longest in club history.

"We can't win them all, but geez, it seems like we've been losing them all," Brown said. "It is kind of a weight off of us a little bit. We've had so many games that have been so close. I'm tired of hearing about how we stink."

Doug Mientkiewicz doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the Royals (3-13), who won for the first time since a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on April 8. Kansas City was outscored 78-32 during the skid.

"Today is over," Mientkiewicz said. "We won a game and yeah it was nice, but this game is about winning series and going from there. We look at it as a chance to win a series tomorrow."

Mientkiewicz and Brown each drove in a pair of runs in the Royals' four-run first. Kansas City added two runs in the second on Costa's RBI double and Mike Sweeney's sacrifice fly. Mientkiewicz led off the third with a triple and scored on Brown's sacrifice fly.

Joe Mays, who is 0-7 in 22 career appearances against the Indians, did not allow a hit until the fourth inning but failed to get through five. With his early departure, the Royals still do not have a win from their rotation. Kansas City starters are 0-10.

"Nobody wants to come out," said Mays, who gave up four runs and four hits with two walks in 4 2/3 innings. "It wasn't my choice."

The Indians batted around in a four-run fifth, which included Ben Broussard's two-run double. After Mays gave up a double to Casey Blake and walked Grady Sizemore on four pitches with two outs, manager Buddy Bell summoned Wood from the bullpen. He gave up an RBI single to Todd Hollandsworth before striking out Jhonny Peralta to end the inning with runners on second and third.

The Royals made it 8-4 in the fifth when Angel Berroa's two-out single scored Reggie Sanders.

Paul Byrd (2-2) gave up seven runs and six hits with two walks in three innings for Cleveland.

"It is frustrating to put our team in such a hole early," Byrd said. "Because of my performance, we were never really in it. I blame myself. We've been scoring runs and I've been giving up runs by walking guys. It is frustrating mentally because I can't throw strikes. This is not me. I've got to figure it out."

Jeremy Guthrie, just promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, replaced Byrd, but he was ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf after hitting Esteban German with a pitch to start the sixth. Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to argue and was ejected by crew chief Joe West.

"This shows a complete lack of feel for the ballgame," Wedge said of the umpires. "They were saying we were trying to hit the guy on purpose because he stole a base with a seven-run lead. That's ridiculous. I don't know how you can umpire that long and have such a lack of understanding for the game."

Guthrie said he was "totally surprised" when he was ejected.

"It was a 1-and-2 pitch that I tried to put a little extra on and it got away from me," Guthrie said.

The Royals scored three times in the sixth. Mark Grudzielanek and Sanders each drove in a run. Another scored on a throwing error by Peralta at shortstop.


  • Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia, on the disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side, threw 67 pitches in a four-inning simulated game. If he has no setbacks, Sabathia will likely make a rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Buffalo.
  • Royals RHP Runelvys Hernandez, who is 1-2 with a 10.67 ERA at Triple-A Omaha, will be recalled to Wednesday against Minnesota. Hernandez reported to spring training overweight and had stamina and endurance problems.
  • Royals 3B Mark Teahen was held out of the lineup with a tender right shoulder.
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Oy vay: Cleveland starter Paul Byrd allows six hits and seven runs in three innings.   (AP)
Oy vay: Cleveland starter Paul Byrd allows six hits and seven runs in three innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Brown
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
Kansas City

D. Mientkiewicz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3021110 .321
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4011002 .400
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000023 .250
Travis Hafner, DH3100110 .343
Victor Martinez, C4110000 .380
Ben Broussard, 1B4122000 .362
Ron Belliard, 2B4000002 .281
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4001001 .125
Casey Blake, RF3210000 .397
2B - Victor Martinez (7, Mays), Ben Broussard (2, Mays), Casey Blake (6, Mays)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (8), Todd Hollandsworth (3), Ben Broussard 2 (7), Ramon Vazquez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (6), Todd Hollandsworth (3)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Peralta-Belliard-Broussard
PB - Victor Martinez (1)
E - Ben Broussard (1, Wild throw), Jhonny Peralta (3, Wild throw)
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (L,2-2) 3677200 9.15
Jeremy Guthrie 2222120 9.00
Brian Slocum 2322220 9.00
Scott Sauerbeck 1000010 3.86
HBP - German (by Jeremy Guthrie), Mientkiewicz (by Brian Slocum)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 71-43, Jeremy Guthrie 42-27, Brian Slocum 48-26, Scott Sauerbeck 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 5-4, Jeremy Guthrie 4-0, Brian Slocum 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 17, Jeremy Guthrie 10, Brian Slocum 11, Scott Sauerbeck 3
Kansas City Royals
Shane Costa, CF4221110 .289
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5221003 .317
Mike Sweeney, DH3101113 .188
Reggie Sanders, RF4221100 .278
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4222010 .245
Emil Brown, LF2013101 .189
Angel Berroa, SS4011001 .268
Paul Bako, C4000022 .143
Esteban German, 3B2210100 .455
2B - Shane Costa (1, Byrd), Reggie Sanders (3, Slocum), Doug Mientkiewicz (4, Byrd)
3B - Doug Mientkiewicz (1, Byrd)
SF - Mike Sweeney (1), Emil Brown (3)
RBI - Shane Costa (7), Mark Grudzielanek (3), Mike Sweeney (4), Reggie Sanders (11), Doug Mientkiewicz 2 (5), Emil Brown 3 (9), Angel Berroa (7)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Berroa (6)
SB - Esteban German (1, 2nd base off Guthrie/Martinez)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz, Grudzielanek-Berroa-Mientkiewicz
E - Esteban German (1, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Joe Mays 4.2444210 10.59
Mike Wood (W,2-0) 4.1310030 4.26
WP - Mike Wood (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Mays 68-39, Mike Wood 55-36
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Mays 8-4, Mike Wood 5-5
Batters Faced - Joe Mays 19, Mike Wood 16
Game Information
Attendance - 19645
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Tony Randazzo