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Cleveland at Kansas City

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Cleveland (56-70) «1010110004100
Kansas City (48-78)101000000281

Indians 4, Royals 2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Snoozing on the way to the ballpark, David Huff was jolted by a crash. A car had lost control in the rain and slid into the side of the team bus, a startling wake-up call for the Cleveland rookie.

Once Huff got to the field: crickets, just as he likes it.

The left-hander threw six solid innings Wednesday, bouncing back from a bad outing and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

All that buzz from Zack Greinke's 15-strikeout performance the night before? Gone thanks to whisper-quiet stadium and a pitcher who prefers groundouts to punchouts.

 Indians' bus involved in minor accident; no injuries

"I'm not going to go out and strike out a bunch of guys," said Huff, 6-3 on the road. "I'm going to be the guy who tries to get ground-ball outs, a bunch of double plays. For me, strikeouts are boring. I like a quick ballgame. I like guys to ground out in one pitch, two pitches."

Grady Sizemore reached base four times after a day off, scoring in the first, third and fifth innings to put Cleveland up 3-2. Jamey Carroll, Cleveland's No. 2 hitter, had two of his three hits on hit-and-runs to move Sizemore around the bases and Matt LaPorta hit his second homer of the season off Luke Hochevar (6-7) to give Huff all the support he needed.

Kerry Wood worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances, giving Cleveland its eighth win in 12 series since the All-Star break.

The Royals couldn't follow up the excitement from Greinke's performance the night before.

Kansas City scored two runs in the first three innings off Huff (8-7), but didn't get a runner past second base after that. Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals, who have baseball's worst home record (26-41) after losing five of six at Kauffman Stadium.

"It's a frustrating year," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Losses are tough to let go of."

Most of the game was nondescript, as might be expected of two teams with little left to play and a crowd that hardly seemed there.

The Royals got a run in the first inning on Mark Teahen's sacrifice fly, another in the third on a bloop double by Miguel Olivo.

Asdrubal Cabrera had a run-scoring fielder's choice in the first for Cleveland. Shin-Soo Choo added some excitement with a run-scoring double to left-center in the third, a play that ended with Carroll getting thrown out by three steps at the plate. Sizemore scampered home on a wild pitch in the fifth and LaPorta homered in the sixth, drawing cheers from a handful of fans and not much else.

In between? Lots of lazy popups, routine grounders, a few strikeouts, the occasional grounder through the infield. Boring? Maybe a little, especially after what Greinke did the night before, but it worked.

"It was different, but it's the big leagues and you have handle any atmosphere you're in," Wedge said. "It doesn't matter. You still have to raise your level of play."

Huff started off his day with a jolt, one of nine Indians players on the bus when it was hit by a car on the way to the stadium. No one was hurt.

On the field, the lefty didn't let the Royals get the barrel on too many pitches, inducing plenty of soft grounders and sleepy fly balls. Huff allowed two runs and seven hits after lasting just 3 1/3 innings his last start.

"It always helps when guys are swinging at pitches," Huff said. "It's one of those things where you throw something off-speed, they think it's fastball and hopefully they just roll it over."

Hochevar had a second decent outing on the heels of four shaky ones, working through traffic to allow three earned runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander lost his chance to end a six-game winless streak with the wild pitch -- Kansas City's majors-leading 73rd -- that allowed Sizemore to score and the slider LaPorta hit out to put the Indians up 4-2.

"That was a terrible pitch to LaPorta," Hochevar said after throwing a career-high 116 pitches. "I had him 0-2 with two outs in a 3-2 ballgame. That can't happen. My thought process was right, but it doesn't matter. What matters is executing that pitch."

Notes

  • Indians DH Travis Hafner was given the day off to rest his surgically repaired shoulder after four straight starts.
  • RF Jose Guillen (knee) will join the Royals on their five-game road trip and still hopes to play by Sept. 1.
 
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Despite being involved in a bus accident before the game, David Huff still has a solid outing on the mound.  (AP)
Despite being involved in a bus accident before the game, David Huff still has a solid outing on the mound. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

M. LaPorta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3310200 .246
Jamey Carroll, RF5030001 .290
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5011004 .315
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4021011 .297
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4000005 .276
Luis Valbuena, 2B4000012 .245
Matt LaPorta, LF4121010 .250
Andy Marte, 1B4010001 .262
Chris Gimenez, C4000032 .155
Totals37410326  
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (19, Hochevar), Shin-Soo Choo (30, Hochevar), Matt LaPorta (6, Farnsworth)
HR - Matt LaPorta (2, Hochevar)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (55), Shin-Soo Choo (69), Matt LaPorta (9)
2-OUT RBI - Matt LaPorta (2)
SB - Grady Sizemore (12, 2nd base off Hochevar/Olivo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Valbuena-Marte
Cleveland Indians
David Huff (W,8-7) 6722120 6.57
Joe Smith (H,9) 1000010 3.24
Chris Perez (H,6) 1100010 3.61
Kerry Wood (S,16) 1000010 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 94-62, Joe Smith 13-8, Chris Perez 14-9, Kerry Wood 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 3-13, Joe Smith 2-0, Chris Perez 1-0, Kerry Wood 1-1
Batters Faced - David Huff 26, Joe Smith 3, Chris Perez 3, Kerry Wood 3
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4110001 .274
Willie Bloomquist, RF3100101 .257
Billy Butler, 1B4030000 .299
Miguel Olivo, C4021012 .244
Mark Teahen, 3B3011021 .282
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4000004 .290
Mike Jacobs, DH4000011 .236
Mitch Maier, CF4000001 .245
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010010 .236
Totals3328215  
Batting
2B - Miguel Olivo (14, Huff)
SF - Mark Teahen (2)
RBI - Miguel Olivo (46), Mark Teahen (43)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mitch Maier 1
E - Billy Butler (8, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar (L,6-7) 6.1843261 5.52
John Bale 0.2000000 5.93
Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 5.67
Jamey Wright 1100000 4.72
HBP - Choo (by John Bale)
WP - Luke Hochevar (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 116-75, John Bale 10-5, Kyle Farnsworth 11-8, Jamey Wright 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-5, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Jamey Wright 3-0
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 29, John Bale 3, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Jamey Wright 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10751
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Damien Beal, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson