KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- With the aid of bright Missouri
sunshine, the Kansas City Royals handed Cleveland a costly loss.
"I saw it. It was right at me," Sizemore said softly. "It
just got in the sun. I knew it was going to be in the sun. I tried
to wait for it to come out and I just never saw it."
The ball bounced off Sizemore's leg, Berroa raced home from
second base and Phillips was credited with a one-out double. The
heavy-hitting Indians lost for only the third time in 20 games,
trimming their AL wild-card lead to a half-game over the Red Sox
and Yankees, who are tied atop the AL East.
Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer for Cleveland, which also
dropped 2½ games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central. The
White Sox beat Minnesota 4-1.
Sizemore, instrumental in a surge that has brought the Indians
almost all the way back from a 15-game deficit on Aug 1, stood
motionless for a few seconds as the ball lay at his feet and Berroa
"I looked around and there it was," Sizemore said. "I kind of
waited maybe a little too long. Probably should have picked it up
and thrown it in. But I was a little frustrated, you know."
Indians manager Eric Wedge didn't think Sizemore would have had
a chance to get Berroa at the plate.
"I don't think you'd have a prayer, as deep as he was," Wedge
said. "When you're staring up into the sun like that, as we all
have, you're not seeing a whole lot after you pull away."
Cleveland has a day off on Monday before finishing the regular
season at home with three games against Tampa Bay and three more
against the White Sox.
"We just need to go out there and keep playing the way we're
playing," Wedge said.
Emil Brown had a two-run shot for the Royals, who had dropped 10
straight to Cleveland and have the worst record in the major
leagues. But they snapped the Indians' four-game winning streak and
avoided a four-game sweep, slowing Cleveland's playoff push -- at
least for a day.
"It doesn't seem to matter how far we're down. This team's
going to battle," Phillips said. "Today we fought back and got
the lead and then lost it and still got it back again."
Mike MacDougal (5-6) blew a save but got the win.
Ronnie Belliard and Ben Broussard began the Cleveland ninth with
infield singles off MacDougal and advanced on a sacrifice by Aaron
Boone. Blake's grounder to second scored Belliard with the tying
Mark Teahen gave the Royals a 4-3 lead when he scored on Jake
Westbrook's wild pitch in the seventh.
Westbrook went eight innings, giving up seven hits and four runs
-- one earned -- with one walk and eight strikeouts. He allowed only
one hit until the Royals scored three runs in the sixth. Phillips
singled leading off, then Andres Blanco reached on shortstop Jhonny
"To be honest with you, the way Westbrook was pitching and the
at-bats we were getting early on, I thought we had no chance,"
Royals manager Buddy Bell said.
Kansas City starter Zack Greinke fell behind 3-0 in the first on
Martinez's homer but then pitched six shutout innings.
Brown's two-run drive in the sixth tied it for the Royals.
Greinke gave up five hits in seven innings, with one walk and
Teahen doubled leading off the seventh and was sacrificed to
third. He scored when Westbrook's pitch sailed to the backstop.
After Terrence Long's RBI single in the sixth, Brown homered for
a 3-3 tie. All three runs were unearned.
"I had the lead and felt good but I didn't get the job done,"
Westbrook said. "It's a tough one."
All three Cleveland runs in the first were also unearned.
After Sizemore singled, Teahen misplayed Peralta's grounder to
third with one out for an error. With two outs, Martinez hit
Greinke's first pitch into the right-field stands.
The Royals loaded the bases with none out in the eighth but
failed to score. Two runners were cut down on infield plays at the
"It was a freak thing with the sun there on the last play,"
Westbrook said. "There's nothing you can do about that."
The Indians have homered in a season-high 12 consecutive
games. ... The Royals finished their home season 34-47. ... Royals
1B Mike Sweeney missed his fourth straight game with a sore back.
... Broussard was credited with a double in the fourth inning when
Long lost his high fly to left in the bright sun. ... Long departed
in the seventh with a twisted left knee. ... The Royals' season
attendance for 79 home dates was 1,371,181, their third-lowest
total since 1982.