Kansas City (6-18) at Cleveland (9-14)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Cleveland, OH
Temp: 47° F
  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun May 1, 2005
  • TV: RTN, FSOH
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One day after the Kansas City Royals ended their nine-game losing streak, they’ll try to win consecutive games for the first time this season as they close out a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

Ken Harvey hit his first career grand slam and Eli Marrero homered twice to back rookie Denny Bautista as the Royals won their first game since April 19 by topping the Indians 8-1 on Saturday.

“It’s good to see guys coming in and cheering,” Marrero said. “It’s been so long. It feels good to finally break this.”

Harvey, an All-Star last season who began this year in the minor leagues, connected in a five-run third off Cliff Lee. Marrero followed Harvey’s homer with a solo shot and then hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Royals, who still have the AL’s worst record.

“After last night, I said somebody has to stop this,” said Bautista, who allowed one run and five hits in six-plus innings. “I knew we had to go out and get a win and I wanted to do it.”

The Royals’ nine-game slide tied for the fourth-longest in club history. A win in the finale will give them back-to-back wins for the first time since Sept. 17-18.

“No question, it’s a relief,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “We needed this game. We needed to score early and get ahead, so we could relax a little.”

Travis Hafner homered for Cleveland, which has opened poorly for the second straight season. The Indians went 8-13 in April a year ago.

The Indians are struggling in particular at Jacobs Field, where they’ve dropped three of four and seven of 10 this season.

“It’s getting to the point where we can’t say it’s early anymore,” Indians right fielder Casey Blake said.

Saturday’s loss was Cleveland’s fourth in five games overall.

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