Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Royals win, 10-8, sweep Tribe

May 11, 2006


— 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 earned-run average against the Royals, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 52â3 innings.

"Our offense is swinging the bats too good to be losing a game like that, and it's all my fault," Westbrook said.

Ambiorix Burgos (1-0) balked home Ramon Vazquez with the tying run in the eighth but got the victory with 12â3 innings of one-hit relief.


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