Cleveland pounds K.C.

September 13, 2009


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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