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Westbrook, Tribe earn 8-2 win over KC

May 12, 2010 - 4:06 AM By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) -- Jake Westbrook opened the game with a four-pitch walk, and worked around traffic for most of his six innings. He still didn't have full confidence in his sinker, dropping his arm angle to offset his insecurity.

What Westbrook did get was a win, his first since reconstructive right elbow surgery. No matter how he got there, that sure feels good.

Russell Branyan homered twice in support of Westbrook's first win in two years, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-2 victory over the backpedaling Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

"It's nice to get that first win and pitch well doing it," said Westbrook, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2008. "It wasn't real pretty, but I put up some zeros and only gave up that one run. I had baserunners all night, but made pitches when I had to."

Westbrook (1-2) used his sinker and an occasional drop-down delivery to induce 13 groundouts and held the Royals to five hits for his first win since April 8, 2008, against the Angels.

Branyan provided the power, hitting a two-run homer off Brian Bannister (1-3) in the second and a solo shot off Joakim Soria in the ninth for his first multihomer game in exactly three years. Jhonny Peralta added a two-run double, Austin Kearns scored three runs and had an RBI, and the Indians collected 10 hits to win consecutive games for the first time in a month.

"He (Westbrook) gave us a chance to get our lineup going," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

This matchup featured the bottom of the AL Central.

The last-place Royals were coming off a 3-8 season-long trip that ended with a four-game sweep at Texas. The lowlights included too many walks, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt's fine-inducing botched popup and an inexplicable failure by the entire team to notice a runner advancing to second without tagging up.

The Royals followed the dismal trip with another clunker, getting an average outing from Bannister, an almost-predictable bullpen blowup and base-to-base hitting to see their losing streak reach six games.

"I think everybody is putting a lot of pressure on themselves in every aspect of the game," Bannister said after his 100th career appearance. "We're playing tense out there."

The Indians have only been marginally better.

Plagued by swing-and-miss hitting, Cleveland tumbled down the standings with three wins in 12 games. Cleveland struck out 86 times in an eight-game homestand and entered Tuesday as the third-worst team in baseball at scoring and hitting homers.

The Indians ended a five-game skid Sunday against Detroit by getting five RBIs from their No. 7-8 hitters, and got production from the middle of the lineup to beat the Royals in the opener of an eight-game road trip.

It was more than Westbrook needed.

He battled a tight back against Toronto on Tuesday, allowing four runs in 3 2-3 innings. The right-hander was much looser against the Royals, allowing a run-scoring single to Billy Butler in the third inning but just one runner past first base after that.

"I'm very happy for Jake," Acta said. "He was finally able to get that first win and get over that hurdle of the sixth inning."

Bannister recorded just nine outs in his previous outing, against the White Sox last Wednesday.

The right-hander went a little deeper in this one, but was hurt by two inopportune walks.

Branyan followed Kearns' leadoff walk in the second with his first homer since last August, pulling a pitch out of the strike zone over the wall in right-center. Another leadoff walk scored in the fourth, when Peralta hit a two-run double to the wall in left-center that put the Tribe up 4-0.

Bannister allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

"The walks hurt. Obviously, they hurt Banny," said Royals manager Trey Hillman, who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a close play at third on a double steal. "We've got to figure out something to eliminate them."

Cleveland blew it open against Kansas City's combustible bullpen in the seventh, scoring three runs on a groundout, a bases-loaded walk and Kearns' run-scoring single.

NOTES: Cleveland CF Grady Sizemore had two singles after going 9 for 35 the previous eight games. ... Butler knocked in Kansas City's other run with a groundout in the eighth. ... Indians 2B Mark Grudzielanek was 1 for 2 in his first game at Kauffman Stadium since leaving the Royals in 2008.








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    A Cabrera ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
    G Sizemore cf 4 1 2 0 1 2 0 .223
    S Choo rf 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .310
    T Hafner dh 4 1 0 1 1 1 2 .233
    A Kearns lf 4 3 2 1 1 1 0 .346
    R Branyan 1b 5 2 3 3 0 2 2 .250
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    May 11 10:58 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF JOAKIM SORIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8, KANSAS CITY 2
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.211, 1-FOR-3, BB, 2 RBI)

    Indians 8, Royals 2  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 11 10:45 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 7
    KANSAS CITY 2 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.262, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians 7, Royals 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 11 10:35 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MARK GRUDZIELANEK SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M GRUDZIELANEK ON FIRST, J PERALTA ON SECOND, R
    BRANYAN ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 7
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: L MARSON (.194, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians 7, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 10:13 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUSTIN KEARNS SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A KEARNS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R BRANYAN (.211, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Indians 6, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 10:05 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TRAVIS HAFNER SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A KEARNS (.342, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Indians 5, Royals 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 10:03 PM
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    Indians 4, Royals 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 11 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS AND TRAVIS
    HAFNER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M GRUDZIELANEK (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Royals 1  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 11 9:07 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUTLER ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 2, Royals 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 11 8:57 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF BRIAN BANNISTER SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, KANSAS CITY 0
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.207, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

    Indians 2, Royals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 11 8:31 PM