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Tribe ride Sabathia, ninth-inning homers past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals just can't figure
out a way to beat the Cleveland Indians.

Rookie Andy Marte had a career-high three RBI, and Victor
Martinez and Ryan Garko hit ninth-inning solo homers to lead the
Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Thursday night.

Before the ninth, Cleveland held on to a precarious one-run
lead.

"In a one-run ballgame headed into the ninth inning, especially
as crazy as the games have been in this ballpark, between us and
Kansas City, that was real big for us," Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge said.

Wednesday night, the Indians came back from a 10-1 first-inning
deficit to defeat Kansas City 15-13. Last season, they scored 11
runs to beat the Royals in the ninth.

"I don't know how many times that team has done that to us, but
plenty," said Royals manager Buddy Bell. "It seems like we just
can't stop the bleeding when they start hitting and scoring and
things like that."

C.C. Sabathia (9-8) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and 11
hits in eight innings, striking out seven and walking two.

"He was strong, and he was adamant about going out there after
I talked to him after the seventh," Wedge said.

Marte's RBI double in the eighth drove in Jhonny Peralta for a
5-4 lead. It was the only hit off Jimmy Gobble (3-5) and the run
was unearned because Peralta reached on shortstop Angel Berroa's
throwing error. Marte was 3-for-4 and reached base four times.

"I was ready for the mistakes," Marte said.

After Martinez and Garko homered on consecutive pitches by
Ambiorix Burgos, Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single. Burgos,
who blew his 12th save Wednesday night, gave up four hits and three
runs while getting only two outs.

"I tell you what I'm going to do, I'm just going to keep
sending him out there," said Bell. "That's what I'm going to
do."

Hector Luna, who had four RBI in Wednesday's win, hit a
run-scoring grounder in the second, but Mike Sweeney's RBI single
tied it in the third. Luna hit an RBI single in the fourth and
scored on Marte's two-run double -- Cleveland's fifth straight hit --
but Sweeney pulled the Royals to 4-3 with a two-run homer in the
bottom half. Cleveland acquired Luna from St. Louis July 30.

"Even though he's had results the last couple games his at-bats
have been beyond that," Wedge said. "I think he's starting to
feel like he belongs over here."

Sweeney, who missed 88 games while on the disabled list with a
bulging disk in his back, has homered in consecutive games after
not hitting any since April 28.

"I'll just keep grinding. I don't do it for the boos. I don't
do it for the cheers. I just go out and play my heart out every
night," he said.

Ryan Shealy's RBI single tied the score in the sixth.

Game notes
Royals 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is to have season-ending back
surgery Aug. 29. Dr. Robert Watkins will operate in Los Angeles.
Mientkiewicz has been on the DL since July 26. ... Travis Hafner
singled in the third to stretch his career-high hitting streak to
14 straight games. ... The Royals turned two double plays and lead
the majors with 155. ... OF Franklin Gutierrez will be sent to
Triple-A Buffalo to make room for OF Casey Blake who's coming off
the DL.