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Cleveland pounds K.C.

September 13, 2009

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Jhonny Peralta got better results on his hits, and so did the Cleveland Indians.

Peralta drove in four runs to help David Huff become Cleveland’s first 10-game winner, and the Indians snapped the Kansas City Royals’ five-game winning streak with a 13-6 victory Saturday night.

“It was great to see Jhonny have a big night offensively after he had such tough luck,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

On Friday night, Peralta twice got key hits in a tie game that Cleveland eventually lost in 12 innings, 2-1. On consecutive at-bats in the ninth and 11th, Peralta hit sharp singles with a runner on second base — and both times was deprived of a winning RBI when the baserunner was thrown out at the plate.

“That was pretty strange but there was nothing I could do about it,” Peralta said. “Tonight, they scored. I’m a lot happier.”

Peralta had a two-run double in the fourth off Luke Hochevar (6-10) and his two-run single capped a five-run sixth that put Cleveland ahead, 11-3.

Huff (10-9) won his third straight start, improving to 5-1 in six outings since Aug. 9. The left-hander allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out a career-high six.

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