The Indians opened a nine-game homestand with consecutive shutout losses to the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland’s drought reached 20 innings before it finally scored in the second inning of Friday’s 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Royals.
The Indians scored 52 runs while batting .329 during a six-game road trip prior to the homestand. Cleveland remains six games behind first-place Minnesota as it battles to stay in contention in the Central.
Ben Broussard went 4-for-4 with two doubles, and hit the game-winning homer in the 11th for the Indians, who have played more extra-inning games than any team in baseball. Cleveland is 8-11 in extra-innings.
“It just shows that we’re in good games, I guess,” Broussard said. “I think we’re gaining a lot of experience in them, it’s like another notch in our belts.”
Mike Sweeney homered for Kansas City, which has dropped five of seven and won only 13 road games this season. It was the first basemen’s 16th career homer and 68th RBI against the Indians.
In his last 12 games, Sweeney is batting .407 (22-for-54) with six homers and 19 RBIs.
The Royals will start left-handers in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader as the teams make up an April 21 rainout. After starting the season 4-15 against lefties, the Indians are 10-6 since June 14, raising their season batting average from .249 to .270 against southpaws.