Hafner drove home the winning run in both games of a
doubleheader sweep by Cleveland on Saturday, winning the first game
5-4 with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning, and the second
6-5 with a run-scoring double in the eighth.
"Hafner just keeps getting big hits," Indians manager Eric
Wedge said. "He's pretty special."
Hafner's second game-winning hit gave him 100 RBI for the third
"About the only goals I set are getting my team to the playoffs
and driving in 100," he said. "Driving in runs means a lot to
The Indians have won five in a row for the first time since
April. The Royals have lost 10 straight games at Jacobs Field --
including three in a row in Cleveland's final at-bat.
"It was a long day," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "I feel
like I'm repeating myself. The same outcomes all happening the same
Ryan Shealy had three hits and tied a career high with four RBI
in the second game for Kansas City. He scored on a single by Joey
Gathright in the eighth for a 5-4 lead.
Grady Sizemore tied it in the bottom half with his 18th homer,
off Jimmy Gobble (3-4). Jason Michaels then reached on an error by
second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and scored on Hafner's double to
Brian Sikorski (1-0) worked the final 1 1-3 innings for the win.
He retired Shealy on a popup with a runner on second to end it.
"It felt good to be in there in that situation," Sikorski said
after his first AL win since Aug. 16, 2000 -- when he was with
Texas. He then spent five years pitching in Japan before signing
with San Diego last winter and being traded to Cleveland last
Cleveland's Jeremy Guthrie, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
between games to make his first career start, allowed four runs and
five hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who had made 17
relief appearances for the Indians over parts of three seasons,
struck out five and walked six.
Guthrie walked two and hit a batter to load the bases in the
first. Shealy then hit a two-run single.
Sizemore doubled to open the bottom half, stole third as
Michaels struck out and scored on a groundout by Hafner.
Kelly Shoppach's three-run homer gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead in
"Shoppach got the homer and the way he threw the ball made the
difference," Wedge said.
Shoppach threw out two of three runners attempting to steal and
another trying to advance on a pitch that got away from him in the
"Shop was tremendous," Guthrie said. "Give him credit for
helping us keep it close."
Shealy hit another two-run single after Guthrie walked three in
the fifth. That made the Royals' first baseman 6-for-8 (.750) with
12 RBI in his career with the bases loaded.
Between games, Indians INF Ramon Vazquez was designated for
assignment. ... Peralta has played a career-best 26 consecutive
errorless games at shortstop. ... Umpire crew chief Larry Young
returned home for personal reasons and missed both games after
working the plate Friday night. ... DeJesus walked four times in
the second game, tying a Royals record. ... The Indians are
expected to send Guthrie back to Buffalo and recall RHP Andrew
Brown on Sunday.