The surging Cleveland Indians will try to go over the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of last season as they close out a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Jacobs Field.
The Indians have won seven of their last 10 games—including a doubleheader sweep of the Royals on Saturday—to reach the break-even mark for the first time since June 27.
The last time Cleveland had a winning record was at 2-1 on April 3, 2003.
In the nightcap, rookie outfielder Grady Sizemore hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to help Cleveland a 4-3 win.
“I’m trying to play it cool,” Sizemore said. “But it’s been pretty wild around here already.”
The Indians pulled within five games of the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
“We didn’t try to do too much,” Indians catcher Tim Laker said. “We just strung a lot of hits together. Then we shut it down to save some of (the offense) for the second game.”
The Royals have lost seven of nine to drop to the worst record in the American League.
Third baseman Joe Randa returned to the Royals’ lineup in the second game Saturday, nearly two months after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Randa, hitting .282 with two homers and 68 RBIs before the injury, went 0-for-3.