CLEVELAND (AP) -- Six months into the season, the Kansas City
Royals are finally feeling at home on the road.
Jorge De La Rosa pitched five solid innings and Emil Brown
homered to help Kansas City beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2
Wednesday night as the Royals gained their first road series sweep
in more than three years.
"We've been playing a lot better in all areas," Royals manager
Buddy Bell said after Kansas City's ninth win in its last 15 road
games gave them a 24-50 record away from home. "It's nice to
Shane Costa had three hits for the Royals, whose modest two-game
winning streak gave them a road sweep for the first time since
taking three in a row July 11-13, 2003 at Texas. Their 86
consecutive series without a sweep was the third-longest streak in
history, two behind the Montreal Expos in 1995-98. The Washington
Senators went 100 series without a sweep in 1901-05.
"We're creating more of our own breaks by being aggressive,"
Brown said. "We're making plays in the field, but the big thing is
the pitchers are giving us a chance. We can score, but if they give
up 11, we still lose."
De La Rosa (3-2) allowed two runs, four hits and three walks in
his first start in eight days. On Sept. 5, he held the New York
Yankees to six hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-0 win before leaving
with a blister near the nail on the middle finger on his left hand.
"It didn't bother me at all tonight," De La Rosa said. "I
felt good and was able to battle for a few innings."
The Royals acquired the lefty from the Milwaukee Brewers on July
25 -- the day he came off the disabled list after missing more than
six weeks with a similar blister.
"I've had it most of my career," De La Rosa said.
Three Royals relievers limited Cleveland to four hits over the
final four innings.
"We got some pitches to hit, but didn't get it done
offensively," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "The big part of
bringing young kids up here is they have to learn to make
adjustments from pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat. We didn't do
a good job the last two days."
"That was probably the key right there, just giving up one,"
Bell said. "Casey just missed a hanging breaking ball or change."
The Royals went 4-for-5 in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
David DeJesus singled and scored on a double to right by Esteban
German, who was thrown out trying for third. Mark Grudzielanek then
singled, took second on a groundout, and was thrown out by Blake
trying to score on another single by Costa.
"I just didn't pitch very well," Westbrook said. "The defense
bailed me out. They made it closer than it should have been."
Two more singles and an RBI fielder's choice by Gathright in the
sixth made it 4-2.
Brown's 14th homer, a two-run shot off Rafael Betancourt, made
it 6-2 in the seventh.
Westbrook allowed four runs and 11 hits over six innings. In his
previous start Sept. 6, he also gave up 11 hits in six innings in a
3-2 loss to Toronto.
The game started seven minutes late after a thunderstorm
drenched the field. ... The Indians honored Cy Buynak in pregame
ceremonies. He is retiring after 45 years as a clubhouse manager in
Cleveland. He threw out the first pitch to Royals manager Buddy
Bell, who was one of his favorite Indians players in the 1970s. ...
The Royals had a season-high four stolen bases. ... Indians OF
Jason Michaels had his first career two-steal game.<