Series: Game 1 of 3

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Monday, September 27
Kansas City1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 28
Kansas City1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 29
Kansas City2

Indians 6

(77-80, 33-43 away)

Royals 1

(57-99, 32-42 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 27, 2004

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    CLE 000000024 6 11 1
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    W: J. Westbrook (14-9)

    L: J. Cerda (1-3)

    Westbrook improves ERA to third in AL

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Casey Blake figured luck came to the Cleveland Indians twice Monday night.

    Their first break was getting Zack Greinke out of the game after the rookie had shut them out for seven innings. The second was Blake's two-run single off D.J. Carrasco in the eighth that triggered a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

    "Greinke was tough. He changes speeds real well," Blake said. "We were glad to see him get out of the game."

    Jake Westbrook (14-9) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings for the Indians, lowering his ERA to 3.28, third in the American League behind Minnesota's Johan Santana (2.62) and Boston's Curt Schilling (3.26).

    "That's very good company," said Westbrook, who matched Greinke until David DeJesus homered leading off the sixth. "It's nice to be mentioned in the same breath with those guys. It's an honor to be right there."

    Jaime Cerda (1-3) relieved Greinke with a 1-0 lead in the eighth, and Cleveland loaded the bases when Grady Sizemore singled, Omar Vizquel walked and Victor Martinez was hit by a pitch. Carrasco then relieved and Blake singled for a 2-1 lead.

    "It was a slider down. It probably wasn't a strike, but thank God he threw me a slider," Blake said. "He dropped down and threw a 93-mile-an-hour sinker and I barely got a piece of it, just enough to knock it out of the catcher's glove. You get lucky in this game from time to time."

    It's the fourth time the 20-year-old Greinke has been removed while pitching a shutout. The Royals have their prized rookie on a strict pitch limit. In his previous start at Tampa, he left with a 4-2 lead only to see the bullpen give up five runs in a 7-4 loss.

    "Like I said last time, the bullpen has been great for me all year," said Greinke, who threw 100 pitches. "I'm more confident in them coming in than in me staying in."

    Cleveland added four runs in the ninth off Jeremy Affeldt on run-scoring singles by Omar Vizquel, Ben Broussard and Blake, and a double by Martinez.

    Kansas City (57-99) must win its final six games to avoided tying the franchise record of 100 losses, set two years ago.

    Greinke gave up four hits, struck out five and walked two. He has one more start to become the first Kansas City rookie since 1992 with nine wins.

    "I will not pitch this kid too many ptiches, there's no way I'm going to change right now so late in the season," said Royals manager Tony Pena. "I want to count on this kid for next year and many years to come."

    DeJesus, recalled from Triple-A Omaha to be the everyday center fielder after All-Star Carlos Beltran was traded on June 24, has scored 22 runs in his last 29 games.

    Game notes

    Ronnie Belliard made a nice play at second base on Abraham Nunez's hard grounder in the fourth, going to his knees, then throwing to first. ... The Royals last nine home runs have all been solo shots and seven have led off an inning. ... Cleveland leads the season series 9-8.

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