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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What's up with John Buck and the supposedly woeful Kansas City Royals?

After winning just five of their first 25 games, the Royals have taken four of six, rapping out a season-high 17 hits and coming from behind three times to beat the Cleveland Indians 10-7 on Tuesday night.

Buck, the light-hitting catcher, has gone 5-for-6 the last two games, hitting his first two home runs of the season and raising his average from .193 to .254.

It's almost as though owner David Glass' threat last week to make "significant changes" has inspired renewed effort from his struggling team.

"The most encouraging thing was the way we swung the bats tonight," manager Buddy Bell said. "Guys have been struggling, guys under .200, guys right at .200. When you have to look at that number every time on the scoreboard, every at-bat seems so crucial. This is a lift."

Buck had three hits and four RBI, including a three-run home run in the six-run sixth that sent the Royals to their fourth straight victory over the Indians. Cleveland took leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4, but the AL's weakest-hitting team kept slugging it out with the biggest-hitting team.

Aaron Guiel had three RBI, including a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run single to cap the sixth, while Mark Grudzielanek had four hits and Kerry Robinson and Tony Graffanino each had three.

"The reason we kept up with them was because we were taking the extra base, we were hustling balls out," Buck said. "We've got to do things like that. We don't have any big, huge thumpers. We need to take those extra bases where we can get singles and still drive in two."

Buck had an RBI single in the fourth inning and then clubbed a 422-foot shot off reliever Danny Graves (2-1).

"We scored seven runs. That should be enough to win a ballgame," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "We just have to keep working. We need guys to step up. We've been looking for that guy to come in in the middle of an inning and stop the bleeding. We've been struggling with that all year."

Graves relieved starter Jason Johnson with two on, no outs and the Indians leading 6-4, but Buck hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left.

Grudzielanek then doubled and with two outs Graffanino hit a shot off the glove of third baseman Aaron Boone that went for an RBI double.

Joel Peralta (1-0) got the victory with 2 1/3 innings of two-run relief.

"There are a number of things we did not do well tonight," Wedge said. "You can't play like that and expect to win a ballgame."

Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Peralta in the top of the sixth for the Indians' third lead of the night, 6-4.

Travis Hafner hit a two-run triple, barely missing a home run, for a 4-2 Cleveland lead in the fourth. Center fielder Robinson drifted back to the wall and leaped at the last minute, got his glove on the ball and appeared to draw it back onto the field.

Starter Jeremy Affeldt hit Eduardo Perez with a pitch leading off the second. Casey Blake, Ronnie Belliard and Jason Michaels followed with singles, the last two driving in runs.

Grudzielanek had an RBI single and Doug Mientkiewicz hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-all in the third.

After Guiel's home run in the fourth, Buck's RBI single tied it 4-all.

Jhonny Peralta walked four times, tying a Cleveland season high.

"This win was huge," Buck said. "It just goes to show if you stick together, things will work out."

Notes

RHP Zack Greinke continues to make progress at Kansas City's spring training complex in Arizona after missing most of the regular spring training while attending to personal issues. GM Allard Baird said there was still no timetable when Greinke, still considered the Royals' most promising pitching prospect, would be back. ... Cleveland RF Blake was moved up from No. 9 to No. 7 in the batting order. ... The Indians had two runners thrown out on the base paths. Grady Sizemore, after opening the game with a triple for the second straight night, was caught in a rundown between third and home. Blake, after hitting a single in the second, was out in a rundown between second and third.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Buck
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Cleveland

A. Boone
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF6120004 .302
Jason Michaels, LF4120002 .268
Jhonny Peralta, SS1200411 .259
Travis Hafner, DH5012016 .331
Victor Martinez, C5012004 .352
Eduardo Perez, 1B4220001 .320
Casey Blake, RF5020012 .372
Ron Belliard, 2B5121003 .270
Aaron Boone, 3B4022122 .241
Totals3971475525 
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (8, Peralta), Eduardo Perez 2 (7, Gobble, Sisco)
3B - Grady Sizemore (4, Affeldt), Travis Hafner (1, Gobble)
RBI - Travis Hafner 2 (31), Victor Martinez 2 (23), Ron Belliard (16), Aaron Boone 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner 2 (10), Victor Martinez 2 (9), Aaron Boone (10)
SB - Grady Sizemore (3, 2nd base off Gobble/Buck)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Perez-Peralta, A. Boone-Belliard-Perez
Cleveland Indians
Jason Johnson 51166151 5.82
Danny Graves (BS,1; L,2-1) 0.1222001 5.79
Scott Sauerbeck 0.1011110 4.32
Jason Davis 1.1311010 4.08
Jeremy Guthrie 1100000 4.63
HBP - Berroa (by Jason Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 83-57, Danny Graves 12-7, Scott Sauerbeck 10-4, Jason Davis 30-18, Jeremy Guthrie 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 5-4, Danny Graves 1-0, Jason Davis 2-1, Jeremy Guthrie 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 26, Danny Graves 3, Scott Sauerbeck 2, Jason Davis 8, Jeremy Guthrie 3
Kansas City Royals
Esteban German, LF4000012 .405
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5141001 .315
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3101123 .242
Matt Stairs, DH5010035 .200
Tony Graffanino, 3B5131001 .241
Aaron Guiel, RF5123013 .158
Angel Berroa, SS3110000 .234
Kerry Robinson, CF4330002 .297
John Buck, C3234100 .254
Totals371017102717 
Batting
2B - Mark Grudzielanek (8, Graves), Tony Graffanino (2, Davis), Kerry Robinson (2, J. Johnson), John Buck (7, Davis)
HR - Aaron Guiel (1, J. Johnson), John Buck (2, Graves)
SF - Doug Mientkiewicz (2)
SH - Esteban German (2)
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (5), Doug Mientkiewicz (8), Tony Graffanino (7), Aaron Guiel 3 (3), John Buck 4 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Graffanino (3), Aaron Guiel 2 (2), John Buck (4)
SB - Kerry Robinson (1, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Martinez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Esteban German 1, Kerry Robinson 1
DP - German-Buck
Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Affeldt 1.2522200 5.33
Jimmy Gobble 2.2322210 5.19
Joel Peralta (W,1-0) 2.1322120 3.18
Andrew Sisco 1.1211020 7.62
Elmer Dessens 1100000 2.95
HBP - Perez (by Jeremy Affeldt), Michaels (by Joel Peralta)
WP - Joel Peralta (2), Andrew Sisco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Affeldt 50-26, Jimmy Gobble 53-31, Joel Peralta 42-26, Andrew Sisco 23-14, Elmer Dessens 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Affeldt 3-1, Jimmy Gobble 1-6, Joel Peralta 1-3, Andrew Sisco 1-1, Elmer Dessens 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Affeldt 12, Jimmy Gobble 13, Joel Peralta 11, Andrew Sisco 6, Elmer Dessens 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14784
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Tim Tschida