Royals Fall in Second Half Opener

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4
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July 13, 2007

AP - Jul 13, 10:11 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ryan Garko singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Victor Martinez drove in two runs for Cleveland, which improved baseball's best home record to 32-12. Cleveland has won nine of its last 10 at Jacobs Field, where it plays 15 of its next 19 games.

Travis Hafner doubled with one out off Zach Greinke (4-5) in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Mike Rouse. Greinke then intentionally walked Jhonny Peralta.

Garko lined the first pitch to center, where David DeJesus was unable to field the ball cleanly, giving him no chance to make a throw home to get Rouse.

Indians closer Joe Borowski (2-3) got the win despite blowing a save for the first time in 14 chances since May 13. The right-hander allowed singles to Billy Butler and Esteban German in the ninth, then Tony Pena's sacrifice fly scored pinch-runner Jason Smith to tie it at 4.

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The Royals, winners of nine of 13 before the All-Star break, began a nine-game trip to Cleveland, Boston and Detroit -- three clubs that began play Friday a combined 53 games over .500.

The Royals took a 3-1 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Ross Gload and Alex Gordon's run-scoring single. Indians starter Jake Westbrook got out of further trouble by inducing Billy Butler to hit into a double play.

Leading 4-3 in the sixth, first baseman Garko scooped out a low throw from second baseman Josh Barfield to complete an around-the-horn double play on Jason LaRue.

Joey Gathright grounded into a force play to put the Royals ahead 1-0 in the second inning.

Jason Michaels' bloop RBI single tied it in the bottom half.

Grady Sizemore doubled to lead off the Indians' third, moved up on a groundout and scored on a groundout by Martinez to pull Cleveland within 3-2.

Josh Barfield tied it in the fourth with a bases-loaded fielder's choice, scoring Peralta, who had reached on an error by Pena at short to start the inning.

Martinez, whose two-run, pinch-hit homer Tuesday night helped the AL to a 5-4 win in the All-Star game, put Cleveland ahead in the fifth. He fouled off five pitches in a row before lining a 3-2 offering to left-center for a single. That scored Casey Blake, who had doubled.

Westbrook allowed three runs and five hits over six innings, but remained winless in five starts since April 27. The right-hander was on the disabled list from May 2 until June 24 with an abdominal strain and is 0-2 in four starts since being activated.

Royals starter Odalis Perez gave up three runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander is 1-3 in seven starts since beating Tampa Bay on June 2.

Notes

Hafner, who signed a four-year, $57 million contract extension Thursday, got a standing ovation his first time up. Fans in the upper deck displayed a banner reading: "Pronk 4 President, 4 More Years'. He went 1-for-4 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Peralta was 0-for-14 with five strikeouts against Perez until singling in the second inning. ... Gordon went 1-for-3 and is hitting .333 (37-for-111) in his last 29 games to raise his average from .172 to .233. ... Borowski is 25 for 28 overall in save opportunities.

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