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Entire Kansas City lineup contributes in win over Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This is about as balanced as an offense can be.

Every Kansas City Royals starter had one RBI except Kerry Robinson, and he had two in a 10-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday that gave the suddenly revitalized Royals a three-game sweep and a burst of confidence.

Aaron Guiel hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, and Angel Berroa added a home run of his own for the Royals, who have won five of seven after a 5-20 start.

"Guys just seemed to be fighting all the time, having good at-bats," said Guiel, who homered for the second time in two games. "It seems like we don't have to wait for somebody to get something going."

Kansas City reached double digits in runs in consecutive games for the first time since June 2004, when they won three straight games by 10-4, beating Atlanta twice and Philadelphia once. They hadn't swept the Indians at home since a three-game series from May 9-12, 2002.

"Hitting's very contagious," Doug Mientkiewicz said. "Everybody's swinging the bats a lot better than we were. Guys in general feel much better at the plate as a whole than we did a couple of weeks ago."

Guiel and Berroa connected off Guillermo Mota (0-2) after the Indians had scored three in the eighth to tie it at 8.

"I lost the game," Mota said.

Jake Westbrook, who entered with a 4-2 record and 1.65 ERA against the Royals, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"Our offense is swinging the bats too good to be losing a game like that, and it's all my fault," Westbrook said. "I might have got a no-decision, but I lost this game for us."

Ambiorix Burgos (1-0) balked home Ramon Vazquez with the tying run in the eighth but got the victory with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Robinson greeted Mota with a two-run triple in a three-run sixth.

Royals starter Scott Elarton gave up three runs in the first on Jason Michaels' RBI double and Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer. Elarton did not allow a hit after the first inning until Casey Blake homered with two outs in the sixth.

"Maybe we'll look back on this and think Kansas City, that was our low point," Cleveland's Ben Broussard said.

Notes

  • Royals CF Shane Costa, on the DL since April 29 with a left hamstring strain, is headed for Arizona for a few days of rehab and expected to rejoin the team at the beginning of next week.
  • Kansas City 3B Tony Graffanino made a nice play in the sixth, running into foul ground to catch Travis Hafner's pop foul in the strong wind.
  • CF Grady Sizemore's error in the sixth was his first in 97 games.
  • Elarton does not have a win in eight starts despite a 4.34 ERA.
 
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Paul Bako (right) gets two hits off Cleveland pitching, and raises his average to .176.  (AP)
Paul Bako (right) gets two hits off Cleveland pitching, and raises his average to .176. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Guiel
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

A. Berroa
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4111100 .301
Jason Michaels, LF5121011 .273
Jhonny Peralta, SS4112111 .259
Travis Hafner, DH5000012 .317
Casey Blake, RF4211111 .368
Ben Broussard, 1B4230000 .411
Ron Belliard, 2B3010011 .272
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3111110 .179
Kelly Shoppach, C3000022 .231
   a- Victor Martinez, PH-C1000012 .349
Totals3681064910 
a-struck out for Shoppach in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Michaels (6, Elarton), Ben Broussard (6, Elarton)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (4, Elarton), Casey Blake (4, Elarton)
SH - Ron Belliard (1)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (16), Jason Michaels (13), Jhonny Peralta 2 (20), Casey Blake (24), Ramon Vazquez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (8), Casey Blake (13), Ramon Vazquez (1)
SB - Grady Sizemore (4, 2nd base off Elarton/Bako), Jason Michaels (3, 2nd base off Andrade/Bako)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ron Belliard (3, Wild throw), Grady Sizemore (1, )
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook 5.2987130 5.94
Guillermo Mota (L,0-2) 1.2322022 6.14
Fernando Cabrera 0.2000010 9.58
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 90-56, Guillermo Mota 30-16, Fernando Cabrera 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 10-4, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Fernando Cabrera 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 27, Guillermo Mota 8, Fernando Cabrera 2
Kansas City Royals
Kerry Robinson, CF4012010 .293
Esteban German, 2B4001001 .370
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3111110 .245
Matt Stairs, DH4111011 .205
Emil Brown, LF4111000 .221
Aaron Guiel, RF4221011 .217
Tony Graffanino, 3B4011011 .241
Angel Berroa, SS4331011 .252
Paul Bako, C4221000 .176
Totals35101210165 
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs (2, Westbrook), Emil Brown (9, Westbrook), Tony Graffanino (3, Westbrook)
3B - Kerry Robinson (1, Mota)
HR - Aaron Guiel (2, Mota), Angel Berroa (2, Mota)
SH - Kerry Robinson (2)
RBI - Kerry Robinson 2 (3), Esteban German (6), Doug Mientkiewicz (9), Matt Stairs (6), Emil Brown (14), Aaron Guiel (4), Tony Graffanino (8), Angel Berroa (9), Paul Bako (3)
2-OUT RBI - Kerry Robinson 2 (2), Doug Mientkiewicz (1), Tony Graffanino (4), Paul Bako (3)
Team LOB - 3
Kansas City Royals
Scott Elarton 6755252 4.34
Steve Andrade (H,1) 1.1233220 9.64
Ambiorix Burgos (BS,2; W,1-0) 1.2100020 3.31
WP - Steve Andrade (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 106-62, Steve Andrade 33-18, Ambiorix Burgos 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 3-10, Steve Andrade 2-0, Ambiorix Burgos 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 27, Steve Andrade 8, Ambiorix Burgos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24471
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ted Barrett