Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Kansas City leads 2-0 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Friday, May 17
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Cleveland 2
Game 2: Saturday, May 18
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Cleveland 2
Game 3: Saturday, May 18
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Cleveland 4
Game 4: Sunday, May 19
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Cleveland 4

Royals 4

(15-25, 7-12 away)

Indians 2

(19-22, 11-9 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 18, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    KC 001010002 4 - -
    CLE 000020000 2 - -

    W: D. Reichert (2-4)

    L: B. Wickman (0-1)

    S: R. Hernandez (4)

    Quinn's hit wins it for Royals in ninth

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia returned to the mound, and brought some normalcy back to a young life he said has been changed forever.

    C.C. Sabathia
    Starting Pitcher
    Cleveland Indians
    Profile
    2001 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    8 3 4 0 40 5.92

    Sabathia, robbed at gunpoint just a day earlier, pitched six solid innings for Cleveland on Saturday but got a no-decision as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Indians 4-2 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Indians won the second game 4-1.

    Mark Quinn hit an RBI double in the ninth inning off Bob Wickman (0-1) as the Royals beat the Indians for the fifth straight time.

    Sabathia, though, felt victorious.

    "It felt good to get back out there," the 21-year-old said. "When I'm out on the field, I'm just trying to have fun. I tried to block everything out."

    Nothing could have prepared Sabathia for what happened Friday morning when he and a cousin were accosted by two armed men following a party at a downtown hotel.

    Sabathia was not injured, but was badly shaken by the encounter he called a "life-altering situation". He had a necklace, earrings and wallet taken.

    "You definitely step back and take a look at yourself," said Sabathia. "It definitely won't happen to me again."

    No arrests have been made, and Cleveland police are still investigating the robbery. Sabathia blamed himself for getting into a bad situation, and said his father will spend the remainder of the season with him in Cleveland.

    Manager Charlie Manuel had given Sabathia the opportunity to skip his start.

    "I said, 'No'," Sabathia said. "I was definitely a lot more anxious to get out there and get things kind of back to normal."

    Sabathia allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, leaving with the score tied 2-2.

    "I was kind of concerned about how he was going to handle things," Manuel said. "But he pitched well."

    Manuel said he and Sabathia spoke on Friday.

    "We talked about a lot of things," Manuel said of Sabathia, who signed a four-year, $9.5 million contract early in spring training. "I support C.C."

    Quinn's double scored pinch-runner Donnie Sadler and A.J. Hinch had an RBI groundout in the ninth off Wickman (0-1), who went 5-0 and hadn't lost since Sept. 28, 2000.

    Joe Randa opened the ninth with a double to right-center off Wickman, and after failing to get down a bunt to move Randa up, Quinn followed with a sinking liner to right that Matt Lawton just missed with a diving attempt.

    "I was trying to move the runner over anyway I could," Quinn said. "It was a bad bunt attempt. I had to do anything I could to get him over."

    Carlos Beltran reached on a bunt single and Quinn scored on Hinch's grounder.

    Reliever Dan Reichert (2-4) pitched three hitless innings for the win. Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his fourth save.

    The Indians have been outscored 28-8 in the five losses to Kansas City, and Cleveland has now lost 20 of 28.

    "We're not pounding anybody," Manuel said. "When I look at the Royals, I wonder where we sit with them. Right now, we're in the same class where they are."

    Kansas City's running game helped give the Royals a 1-0 lead in the second. Carlos Febles walked, stole second and scored on Neifi Perez's two-out RBI single.

    The Royals, who came in ranked second in the league in steals, have swiped 10 of 12 bases in three games against Sabathia this season.

    "We don't have much power so we have to manufacture runs," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "We're just having fun."

    Again, the Royals ran themselves to another run in the fifth. Brandon Berger walked, and was running when Febles singled. Chuck Knoblauch's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

    Unable to get clutch hits all season, the Indians blew another bases-loaded opportunity in the second.

    They loaded the bases on a leadoff walk and a pair of two-out singles in the second off starter Jeremy Affeldt, who got out of the mess by getting Vizquel on a grounder to third.

    Affeldt allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Game notes


    According to police estimates, Sabathia lost $44,000 worth of jewelry and cash in the robbery. ... Beltran had stolen 27 straight bases before being thrown out by Eddie Perez trying to swipe second in the fourth. Beltran hadn't been thrown out since Aug. 11 last season. ... The Royals came in with the highest stolen base percentage (.833) in the AL. ... Kansas City started two left-handers in a doubleheader for the first time since July 26, 1993, when Chris Haney and Dennis Rasmussen faced Texas.

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