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Cleveland wins big again

Four Indians homer as squad wins 17th in 19 games

September 25, 2005

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— With another big night at the plate, the Cleveland Indians boosted their AL wild-card lead to 11â2 games.

Jhonny Peralta, Ronnie Belliard, Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp each homered, leading the Indians over the Kansas City Royals, 11-4, Saturday night for their 17th victory in 19 games.

With the Yankees' 7-4 loss to Toronto, Cleveland is 11â2 games ahead of New York and Boston, who are tied for the AL East lead at 90-64. The Indians (92-63) remained 11â2 games behind the Chicago White Sox (93-61) in the AL Central.

"We're right where we need to be," Kevin Millwood said. "We can get in one way or the other."

Ben Broussard had a career-high three doubles and four RBIs on his 29th birthday. Cleveland had 16 hits, including seven doubles and four homers.

The Indians, who have won four straight and 10 of 11, set their season high for extra-base hits and have 62 homers in their past 31 games.

Millwood (9-11) allowed one run - a leadoff home run to Aaron Guiel - and seven hits in six innings, lowering his league-leading earned-run average to 2.92.

"Kevin threw the ball very well," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He wasn't feeling particularly well today."

Millwood is attempting to become the first Indian to led the league in ERA since Rick Sutcliffe (2.96) in 1982. With only one scheduled start left, Millwood could become the first pitcher to win the AL ERA title with a losing record since Mel Harder, who was 15-17 with a 2.95 ERA for the 1933 Indians.


Kansas City left fielder Terrence Long slides as he scoops up a ball hit by Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez. The Indians routed the Royals, 11-4, Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City left fielder Terrence Long slides as he scoops up a ball hit by Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez. The Indians routed the Royals, 11-4, Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

"It's not much I can do about my record," Millwood said. "It would still be exciting to lead the league in ERA."

Kansas City went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position off Millwood, who leads the AL by holding hitters to a .191 average with runners in scoring position. Millwood got double-play grounders to end the fifth and sixth innings.

Royals starter Mike Wood (5-8) gave up five runs, nine hits and five walks in six innings.

"They're swinging the bats pretty well right now," Royals catcher John Buck said.

Kansas City dropped to 52-102, two shy of the franchise record for losses set last year.

Note: Kansas City DH Mike Sweeney was able to take batting practice, but was out of the Royals lineup for the third consecutive game because of tightness in his lower back.

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