KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It took a guy who'd been in the minors all year beating a reigning Cy Young winner for the Kansas City Royals to finally shake loose of their long, demoralizing losing streak.
Rookie manager Trey Hillman, disappointed so many times while enduring a 12-game skid, hardly knew what to do when Jhonny Peralta made the final out Saturday night in a 4-2 victory over Cleveland."I made sure that was actually an out," said Hillman. "I waited for probably 5 seconds before I took a deep breath, a sigh of relief. But it was a big relief."David DeJesus homered and Kyle Davies pitched five strong innings just hours after being called up from Triple-A Omaha to become the first winning pitcher for the Royals since Zack Greinke on May 18.The Royals started the game with the fewest runs, sacrifice flies, RBIs and walks in the major leagues, but beat reigning Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia to end what Hillman had been calling "this miserable streak.""We won," said DeJesus, who drove in two runs a night after making a baserunning blunder and taking responsibility for loss No. 12. "It's over now, so it's all good."DeJesus hit a solo home run in the third inning and an RBI double in a three-run sixth off Sabathia (3-7), who went eight innings.Davies (1-0), who was 0-3 in three previous starts against Cleveland, gave up five hits and one run in five innings, walking three and striking out two.Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks."Sabathia pitched well," said Indians manager Eric Wedge. "He left a breaking ball up to DeJesus and he left a couple of fastballs up later. He gave us an opportunity to win the ballgame."Joakim Soria pitched two shaky innings for his 12th save in 12 opportunities. Soria allowed three hits and a run, with one walk and one wild pitch.Mark Teahen singled and John Buck doubled leading off the fifth, then with one out, Joey Gathright got a run home on a bouncer to shortstop.DeJesus followed with an opposite-field double to left that plated Buck, and DeJesus slid home a moment later to score on Mark Grudzielanek's single."It's a very nice feeling," Hillman said. "Kyle Davies did a good job of mixing and matching and David sparked it with a two-strike home run."The Indians got their first run on Jamey Carroll's RBI single in the third inning that grazed the top of the glove of 5-foot-9 shortstop Esteban German. The Indians then loaded the bases with two out, but Davies got Shin-Soo Choo to ground out."We did everything good today," DeJesus said. "We were able to take advantage of a tough pitcher. I feel I messed up the game yesterday. It definitely helps that I was able to come up with some key hits, for sure."David Dellucci's infield out plated a run that made it 4-2 in the eighth off Soria. The Indians then loaded the bases with the help of a popup that center fielder Gathright lost in the lights."I didn't say, 'Here we go again,' which people might expect me to say," Hillman said.Grady Sizemore popped out, making him 0-for-5 a day after hitting two home runs and making a game-saving catch at the wall for the final out."We left a lot of people on base and that was really the difference," Wedge said. "We made [Davies] work. He threw 100 pitches in five innings."Davies was quite aware of that."Obviously, you don't want to go five innings on 100 pitches, especially a lineup like this," he said. "But we won, so it doesn't matter."The Royals' losing streak, begun with a no-hitter by Boston's Jon Lester, was the longest in the majors since Kansas City and Pittsburgh had 13-game slides in 2006. While going almost two weeks without a win, KC had allowed three grand slams, coughed up a five-run lead in the ninth inning of one game and scored three or fewer runs in nine others.
The Royals left only two runners, tying a season low. ... The home run was the first to actually go over the fence for Kansas City in 79 innings, since May 22. Mark Teahen had an inside-the-park homer against Minnesota on May 27. ... Casey Blake stretched his hitting streak to nine straight games at Kauffman Stadium. He's hit safely in 37 of 48 games in Kansas City during his career.