Jorge De La Rosa worked around a two-run third inning to keep the Indians in check over five innings, and Esteban German's RBI double in the fifth gave the Royals -- who put together a 14-hit attack -- the lead for good. Kansas City received strong relief from Ambiorix Burgos and Ryan Braun.
The Indians backed Jake Westbrook with two runs in the third inning, one via Grady Sizemore's 24th homer, but things started getting rough for Westbrook in the third, and he gave up 11 hits and four runs over six innings. Meanwhile, the Tribe went hitless from the fourth until the seventh innings.
BATTING 2B: German (13, Westbrook). HR: Brown (14, 7th inning off Betancourt, 1 on, 1 out). TB: DeJesus; German 2; Grudzielanek 2; Brown 5; Costa 3; Shealy 2; Bako; Gathright 2. RBI: Shealy (25), Gathright 2 (33), German (23), Brown 2 (75). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown; Grudzielanek 2; Bako. S: Blanco; Bako. Team LOB: 8.
BASERUNNING SB: German (7, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez), DeJesus (6, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez), Costa (2, 2nd base off Lara/Martinez), Gathright (20, 3rd base off Westbrook/Martinez).
HBP: German (by Westbrook). Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa 93-56, Burgos 30-16, Sisco 3-3, Braun 30-19, Westbrook 94-59, Betancourt 17-12, Lara 18-11, Miller 9-9. Ground outs-fly outs: De La Rosa 5-7, Burgos 2-1, Sisco 0-1, Braun 3-1, Westbrook 12-1, Betancourt 0-1, Lara 2-0, Miller 2-0. Batters faced: De La Rosa 21, Burgos 6, Sisco 1, Braun 8, Westbrook 28, Betancourt 5, Lara 4, Miller 4. Inherited runners-scored: Sisco 1-0, Lara 1-0. Umpires: HP: Scott Barry. 1B: Bruce Dreckman. 2B: Ed Hickox. 3B: Gary Darling. Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 11 mph, R to L. T: 2:57 (:07 delay). Att: 20,089.
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