Cleveland Grady Sizemore finally got a pitch to his liking and enjoyed the results even more.
Sizemore broke out of his slump with a three-run homer, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-4, on Tuesday night.
"The way they've been pitching me, I just looked for something out over the plate," said Sizemore, adding that he had been falling behind in the count too often while going 10-for-61 (.164) before coming up with two on and two outs in the sixth inning.
Sizemore swung at the first pitch he saw from reliever Leo Nunez and lined it over the wall in right for his 28th homer and a 7-3 lead. It was the All-Star center fielder's first homer since July 31.
"It's just one day and obviously this has been a tough stretch," said Sizemore, who reached on an infield single and scored in the ninth.
Nunez came on after starter Luke Hochevar (6-12) left with a team trainer as he was warming up for the sixth. The Royals listed the right-hander as day-to-day with tightness in his right ribcage.
Hochevar allowed seven hits and four runs, including solo homers to Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Garko.