Royals 8, Indians 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Darrell May kept pitching like a man in a hurry.
Knowing his wife was about to give birth to their first child, the left-hander gave up six hits in his third career complete game Wednesday night to lead Kansas City to an 8-2 victory over Cleveland.
The game took just two hours and seven minutes, which is about as much sleep as May figured to get before hopping on a plane for Austin, Texas, “early, early in the morning.”
“I’ve got the first flight out of KC in the morning,” said May (2-4). “I’m not going to sleep much tonight.”
Doctors have promised that Heather May will give birth on Thursday to a little girl they’ve already named Grace.
Yes, it was hard at times to concentrate on the game.
“Sometimes it can be hard to separate things. There were a couple of times when we had some long innings and we were swinging the bat well, and I was sitting there and thinking about it,” May said.
“But as soon as I got back on the mound, I let it go and just focused on what’s in front of me.”
May, who went 16 starts without a victory before winning his previous start, walked two and struck out three in his first complete game since last July 11 against Anaheim. After Brandon Phillips singled leading off the fifth, May retired 13 in a row before walking Shane Spencer with two out in the ninth.
“At the start of the game, I didn’t feel good at all,” he said. “I thought it was going to be a rough one. Then I gained a little confidence and kind of rolled from there.”
Ibanez drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, drove in another run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before,” Ibanez said. “It just means the guys were getting on base and getting into scoring position ahead of me.”
Relaford, who replaced third baseman Joe Randa in the bottom of the first, hit a two-run double and then scored on Beltran’s RBI single. Relaford was 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored two runs.
After Ken Harvey’s single put Beltran on third, he scored the sixth run on a fielder’s choice grounder by Ibanez.
Coco Crisp’s sacrifice in the third produced Cleveland’s first run. Spencer added a solo homer, his fourth, in the fourth inning.
“The first couple of innings we probably should have got to (May),” said Cleveland’s Matt Lawton. “His breaking ball got better as the game went on.”
Carlos Febles singled in the third, reached second on Michael Tucker’s single and went to third on a fielder’s choice before Beltran drove him in with a single. Ibanez made it 8-2 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Traber went 2 2-3 innings and gave up seven runs on 11 hits and three walks, with threestrikeouts.
After the game, the Indians sent RHP Ricardo Rodriguez to Triple-A Buffalo. … Randa, who had a season-high four RBIs on Tuesday night, was removed in the first inning with what the Royals described as tightness on his left side. … The Royals acquired RHP reliever Curtis Leskanic from Milwaukee for RHP Wes Obermueller and infielder Alejandro Machado. … The Indians announced they exercised an option and will remain at their spring training complex in Winter Haven, Fla., through 2008. … Febles’ bunt single was his 400th major league hit. … Matt Lawton made a fine running catch of Berroa’sline drive into the gap in right-center to end the sixth.