Indians storm back against hapless Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians could barely
believe what they were watching in the ninth inning.

Kansas City took a five-run lead into the ninth and was on the
verge of snapping a 10-game losing streak, but the Indians sent 14
men to the plate and scored 11 runs to rally for a 13-7 victory
Tuesday night over the bumbling Royals.

Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer capped the inning after Angel
Berroa, Chip Ambres and Emil Brown all made errors. Eight of the
runs in the inning were unearned.

"They kind of gave it to us," said Casey Blake, who led off
the ninth with a double. "Obviously, they cut their own throats.
You won't see that too often, big-leaguers dropping a ball, let
alone two in one inning.

"Any time you get some big hits and the defense is giving you
more outs, things like that can happen. It looked pretty bleak when
you're down five runs and their closer comes in."

The Royals are one loss shy of the longest skid in franchise
history, set from June 28-July 13, 1997.

"It was a crazy game," Indians manager Eric Wedge. "It was
really two different games. That's the reason you play all the way

Aaron Boone doubled in the go-ahead run in the inning. Grady
Sizemore and Travis Hafner also had ninth-inning doubles.

"That one was gift-wrapped, but when you score 11 runs in an
inning you've got to do a lot of things right," Boone said. "It
was pretty wild in the dugout. It was a pretty exciting atmosphere.
It was like a little kid's feeling. We were giddy. You can't
believe what's happening."

Berroa failed to catch a popup that allowed a run to score, and
Ambres dropped pinch-hitter Jeff Liefer's fly ball to the warning
track in left that would have ended the game. That tied it, and
Boone followed with his double to make it 8-7.

"When I first hit, I thought it might have a chance [to go
out]," Liefer said. "Then I saw him sitting under and said, 'darn
it, I just missed it.' Then I saw it clink off his glove and I was
happy again."

Said Ambres, "I just dropped it. There's no excuses. I've got
to make that play. The inning was snowballing on us. I've got to
make that catch. It just went in and out [of my glove]."

Two more runs scored when Brown kicked away Sizemore's single --
his second hit of the inning -- and Peralta followed a walk to Coco
Crisp with his homer.

"It just didn't make any sense to me," Royals manager Buddy
Bell said. "I've never played, managed or coached a game like
that. To see a big-league game like that is unheard of. I've never
seen anything like that. I hope I don't see it again."

Mike MacDougal (2-4), the fifth of six Royals pitchers, allowed
seven runs -- five earned -- while recording just two outs in the
ninth. Scott Sauerbeck (1-0) picked up the victory.

"My job is to get the next guy," MacDougal said after the
errors. "I didn't do the job."

Mike Sweeney hit a three-run homer and Mike Wood pitched 5 2/3
solid innings as the Royals led 7-2 going into the ninth. Wood, who
began the season in the bullpen before being optioned to Triple-A
Omaha last month to make two starts, held the Indians to eight hits
and one run.

"Today was embarrassing," Sweeney said. "I've never seen one
get away like that we were winning by that much and we got our stud
[MacDougal] on the hill. I've never seen one like that in my 10
years. It was a heartbreaking loss."

Crisp, who had three hits and scored four runs, tripled in the
third and scored on Peralta's single for the only run off Wood.

Brown drove in two runs for the Royals with a first-inning
single and a fifth-inning double.

Berroa had three hits, including a homer to lead off the eighth.
But his first error in the eighth helped the Indians score a run
off Jeremy Affeldt.

Royals designated hitter Matt Stairs strained his left calf
running the bases in the first inning. Joe McEwing hit for Stairs,
who is listed as day to day, in the second inning.

Game notes
Royals Hall of Fame 3B George Brett, who is a club vice
president, was in uniform before the game and threw batting
practice. ... Brian Tallet, who replaced Lee, made his first big
league appearance since July 21, 2003. He was recalled on July 26
from Triple-A Buffalo but did not pitch before Tuesday. ... The
Indians are 13-5 since July 22.