Cleveland at Kansas City

W: F. Carmona (3-1) L: B. Tomko (1-3)
S: R. Betancourt (1)
HR: CLE - G. Sizemore (2)   KC - D. DeJesus (1), M. Olivo (3)

Indians 9, Royals 6 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even before they took the field for the second game of a doubleheader Thursday, the Cleveland Indians were assured of winning a series for the time since the first one of the season.

A 9-6 victory against Kansas City in the opener took care of that.

Following a 17-hit, 15-1 victory against the Royals on Tuesday, Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake led a 15-hit salvo after cooling their heels during a rainout Wednesday.

"It just tells you we haven't been playing very well, and we're playing better," Blake said of winning the series. "That's all it says."

Sizemore had four hits and two RBI, and Fausto Carmona survived five shaky innings for the Indians, who took a 7-1 lead against Brett Tomko in the third.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Royals.

"We started off on the wrong foot," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "It's good to see us put some runs on the board. We couldn't stop the bleeding."

Sizemore was 4-for-5 with three singles and a solo home run, and Jason Michaels also had two RBI for the Indians, who hadn't won a series since launching the season by winning two of three game from the Chicago White Sox. Blake followed his 4-for-4, six-RBI game Tuesday night by reaching base three times, including two RBI singles.

Carmona (3-1) gave up nine hits and four runs to improve to 4-0 lifetime against Kansas City. He walked four and struck out one.

"He battled. But he never gave in to it," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He didn't quite have the command you saw in his last start. But I still felt like he did a good job of working to make adjustments when he needed to."

Tomko (1-3) went four innings and allowed 11 hits and seven runs -- six earned. He struck out two and walked two.

Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his first save since taking over for injured closer Joe Borowski.

David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo homered for the Royals as every starter for both teams had either a hit or scored a run, or both.

After Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez singled leading off the Cleveland third, third baseman Alex Gordon was charged with an error when Ryan Garko's grounder went through his legs, allowing Hafner to score. Ben Francisco followed with an RBI double, and Michaels flared a two-run single into right, making it 7-1.

The Indians took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second. Blake hit an RBI single into right field and aggressively took second when Tomko had trouble getting control of the throw back to the infield. Blake then scored on Sizemore's single.

Olivo, who had two singles, hit a two-run, 413-foot shot off Rafael Perez that made it 9-6 in the seventh. Then after two-out singles put runners at first and second, Jose Guillen pinch hit against Masahide Kobayashi. Guillen, who had been benched after striking out four times Tuesday night, hit a weak grounder to first.

"He did a great job for us," Wedge said. "He came in and got a tough hitter out and did a great job against some tough hitters in the eighth inning."

The Royals' Billy Butler, who had an RBI single and a run-scoring infield out, has reached base in all 21 games, failing to hit safely only once.


  • With RHP Jake Westbrook on the 15-day DL, the Indians will bring up RHP Jeremy Sowers from Triple-A Buffalo to start against New York on Saturday.
  • Royals SS Mark Grudzielanek did not play after being diagnosed with an irritated disc. Hillman said he was scheduled to see another doctor and is day-to-day.
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Players of the Game

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
Kansas City

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5142000 .289
Jamey Carroll, 2B4100115 .217
Travis Hafner, DH5110010 .213
Victor Martinez, C5131000 .367
Ryan Garko, 1B5101012 .274
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010112 .203
Ben Francisco, RF5221002 .333
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF0000000 .234
Jason Michaels, LF5122011 .156
Casey Blake, 3B4122001 .250
2B - Victor Martinez (4, Tomko), Ben Francisco (1, Tomko), Jason Michaels (2, Yabuta)
HR - Grady Sizemore (2, Yabuta)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (11), Victor Martinez (8), Ryan Garko (12), Ben Francisco (1), Jason Michaels 2 (7), Casey Blake 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (8), Victor Martinez (4), Casey Blake 2 (7)
SB - Grady Sizemore (6, 2nd base off Tomko/Olivo)
Team LOB - 8
DP - A. Cabrera-Garko, Carroll-A. Cabrera-Garko, Carroll-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,3-1) 5944411 2.89
Jensen Lewis 0.2100000 4.76
Rafael Perez 1322101 6.52
Masahide Kobayashi (H,1) 1.1000000 2.16
Rafael Betancourt (S,1) 1100010 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 98-60, Jensen Lewis 12-7, Rafael Perez 26-16, Masahide Kobayashi 16-10, Rafael Betancourt 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 9-2, Jensen Lewis 1-1, Rafael Perez 1-2, Masahide Kobayashi 4-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 25, Jensen Lewis 3, Rafael Perez 7, Masahide Kobayashi 4, Rafael Betancourt 4
Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF5120002 .250
David DeJesus, LF4221101 .429
Mark Teahen, RF5110011 .266
Billy Butler, DH5012000 .316
Alex Gordon, 3B3121201 .329
Miguel Olivo, C4132111 .313
Ross Gload, 1B5010005 .283
Alberto Callaspo, 2B-SS3010100 .346
Tony Pena, SS3010000 .143
   a- Jose Guillen, PH1000002 .163
    Esteban German, 2B0000000 .083
a-grounded out for Pena in the 7th
2B - Mark Teahen (5, Carmona)
HR - David DeJesus (1, Carmona), Miguel Olivo (3, R. Perez)
RBI - David DeJesus (4), Billy Butler 2 (10), Alex Gordon (10), Miguel Olivo 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
E - Alex Gordon (2, Misplayed grounder), Yasuhiko Yabuta (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Brett Tomko (L,1-3) 41176220 5.25
Yasuhiko Yabuta 2.2422011 9.00
Ramon Ramirez 2.1000020 0.87
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 108-68, Yasuhiko Yabuta 50-29, Ramon Ramirez 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 9-1, Yasuhiko Yabuta 5-2, Ramon Ramirez 3-2
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 25, Yasuhiko Yabuta 12, Ramon Ramirez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Tim Tschida