Kansas City at Cleveland

Kansas City
W: B. Sikorski (2-1) L: J. Gobble (3-4)
HR: KC - None   CLE - K. Shoppach (3), G. Sizemore (18)

Indians 6, Royals 5 (Game 2)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner's 100th RBI of the season came in an important spot for the Cleveland Indians.

Hafner drove home the winning run in both games of a doubleheader sweep over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, winning the first game 5-4 with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning, and the second 6-5 with a run-scoring double in the eighth.

"Hafner just keeps getting big hits," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's pretty special."

Hafner's second game-winning hit gave him 100 RBI for the third consecutive season.

"About the only goals I set are getting my team to the playoffs and driving in 100," he said. "Driving in runs means a lot to me."

The Indians have won five in a row for the first time since April. The Royals have lost 10 straight games at Jacobs Field -- including three in a row in Cleveland's final at-bat.

"It was a long day," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "I feel like I'm repeating myself. The same outcomes all happening the same way."

Ryan Shealy had three hits and tied a career high with four RBI in the second game for Kansas City. He scored on a single by Joey Gathright in the eighth for a 5-4 lead.

Grady Sizemore tied it in the bottom half with his 18th homer, off Jimmy Gobble (3-4). Jason Michaels then reached on an error by second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and scored on Hafner's double to right-center.

Brian Sikorski (1-0) worked the final 1 1/3 innings for the win. He retired Shealy on a popup with a runner on second to end it.

"It felt good to be in there in that situation," Sikorski said after his first AL win since Aug. 16, 2000 -- when he was with Texas. He then spent five years pitching in Japan before signing with San Diego last winter and being traded to Cleveland last month.

Cleveland's Jeremy Guthrie, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo between games to make his first career start, allowed four runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who had made 17 relief appearances for the Indians over parts of three seasons, struck out five and walked six.

Guthrie walked two and hit a batter to load the bases in the first. Shealy then hit a two-run single.

Sizemore doubled to open the bottom half, stole third as Michaels struck out and scored on a groundout by Hafner.

Kelly Shoppach's three-run homer gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead in the second.

"Shoppach got the homer and the way he threw the ball made the difference," Wedge said.

Shoppach threw out two of three runners attempting to steal and another trying to advance on a pitch that got away from him in the dirt.

"Shop was tremendous," Guthrie said. "Give him credit for helping us keep it close."

Shealy hit another two-run single after Guthrie walked three in the fifth. That made the Royals' first baseman 6-for-8 (.750) with 12 RBI in his career with the bases loaded.


  • Between games, Indians INF Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment.
  • Peralta has played a career-best 26 consecutive errorless games at shortstop.
  • Umpire crew chief Larry Young returned home for personal reasons and missed both games after working the plate Friday night.
  • DeJesus walked four times in the second game, tying a Royals record.
  • The Indians are expected to send Guthrie back to Buffalo and recall RHP Andrew Brown on Sunday.
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Shealy
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

G. Sizemore
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
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Jason Michaels, LF4100021
Travis Hafner, DH3012110
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Jhonny Peralta, SS4000032
Hector Luna, 2B3110010
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Thomas Mastny 3211230
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Game Information
Attendance - 28842
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez