Series: Game 2 of 3

Cleveland leads 2-0 (as of 9/28)

Game 1: Monday, September 27
Kansas City1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 28
Kansas City1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 29
Kansas City2

Indians 5

(78-80, 34-43 away)

Royals 1

(57-100, 32-43 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 28, 2004

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    CLE 010130000 5 10 1
    KC 100000000 1 3 0

    W: C. Lee (13-8)

    L: D. May (9-19)

    100 losses ties franchise record

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In this last week of a horrible season, the erratic Kansas City Royals have finally found a little consistency.

    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 ballclub."

    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.

    Cliff Lee (13-8) gave up a double to Angel Berroa with one out in the first and then retired 16 in a row until David DeJesus reached on an infield single with two out in the sixth.

    The left-hander went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and three hits.

    May (9-19) will end the season with the most losses in the major leagues.

    "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 them."

    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 fifth.

    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.

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