KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In this last week of a horrible season,
the erratic Kansas City Royals have finally found a little
In each of their last four games, the Royals have scored exactly
one run -- the latest coming in a 5-1 setback to the Cleveland
Indians on Tuesday night, their 100th loss of the season.
It's been a stunning calamity of a season for a team that was
picked by many as preseason favorite in the AL Central. Instead, it
tied the franchise mark for futility.
"I don't think anybody in this clubhouse feels good," said
manager Tony Pena. "I know our fans feel real angry with us. Any
time you lose 100 games, nobody should finger-point at anybody.
It's everybody's fault.
"I don't think (things) could get any worse for anybody on this
Ryan Ludwick, Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake all homered off
Darrell May, who set the team record with 38 home runs allowed. The
only other AL team with a chance at 100 losses is Seattle, which
started Tuesday night with 96.
The left-hander went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and three
May (9-19) will end the season with the most losses in the major
"The stats speak for themselves. It's been a horrific year,"
said May. "You just look at my numbers this year and that says it
all. I know there are some positives in there. I just need to find
May gave up nine hits and five runs in 6 1-3 innings.
The Royals' lone run gave them a 1-0 lead in the first. Berroa
doubled and came around on a wild pitch when catcher Victor
Martinez's throw to third went astray.
Lee walked just one and struck out six.
"It's good to finish on a good note," he said. "I have one
more start. Hopefully I can finish strong."
Ludwick tied it at 1-all with a two-out homer in the second, and
then the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on consecutive
doubles by Martinez and Josh Phelps.
Belliard and Blake each hit towering home runs in a three-run
Belliard hit a solo shot with one out, then Coco Crisp singled
ahead of Blake's 423-foot shot to center, his team-leading 28th
home run of the year.
"What you see with Casey is real," said Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge. "He's been pretty consistent all year."<
^NOTES:@ Brandon Phillips made a nifty play at second base on Joe
Randa's grounder in the fourth, robbing him of a single. ... Unless
they sweep the White Sox, the Royals will go through the entire
season without recording one sweep. ... The Indians are 24-33
against left-handed starters. ... Tim Belcher had held the Royals'
record for most homers allowed with 37 in 1998. ... The Indians
beat the Royals for the 10th time in 18 games and clinched the
season series for the first time in three years.