Royals 6, Indians 4

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CLEVELAND (AP)—A loss to Kansas City was the least of the Cleveland Indians’ worries.

Abraham Nunez hit an inside-the-park homer when Jody Gerut injured his right knee chasing his line drive, and the Royals went on to beat Cleveland 6-4 Friday night.

“He was hurting out there,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Gerut, who was unavailable after being carted from the field in the seventh inning.

The Indians, who have lost 10 of 14, announced before the game that All-Star pitcher C.C. Sabathia was likely done for the season with a strained left hamstring. Then Gerut got hurt trying to field a ball hit down the right-field line. As he tried to get the bouncing ball, Gerut tripped and fell along the warning track.

He grabbed the ball with his bare hand and flung it back over his head while screaming in pain. Second baseman Ronnie Belliard raced out to get the ball and threw home, but Nunez scored easily, giving the Royals a 5-3 lead.

“It’s a big loss for us,” Belliard said. “I couldn’t hear him, but I could see he was pretty hurt out there.”

Gerut missed the 2001 season after twice having surgery on his left knee to repair a damaged patella tendon. He will have an MRI on Saturday.

“It’s too bad,” Royals manager Tony Pena said.

Gerut finished fourth in voting for the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year award after hitting .279 with 22 homers and 75 RBI.

Mike Wood (3-7) won for the first time since defeating Oakland 10-3 on Aug. 13. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits over six innings— shutting out the Indians after the first.

“My changeup and fastball were in the dirt in the first inning,” Wood said. “After that, it was a different ballgame.”

Jeremy Affeldt worked the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.

Cleveland got two singles, a walk and Casey Blake’s three-run double in the first to go ahead 3-0.

The Royals tied it in the second against Jake Westbrook (12-9) on Ruben Gotay’s RBI single and David DeJesus’ two-run single.

That snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak by the Royals, who were coming off consecutive shutout losses at home to the New York Yankees.

Westbrook walked two, and Blake misplayed Ken Harvey’s hard shot down the third-base line that could have been a double play or even a triple play. Instead, the bases were loaded with none out.

“I had it all planned out in my mind and just got ahead of myself,” Blake said. “You’ve got to get one before you can get two or three.”

Angel Berroa got the third of three singles in the Royals’ fourth to make it 4-3.

Nunez’s shot down the first-base line turned into his fifth homer. The hit was the Royals’ ninth of the game and first for extra bases.

Gotay tripled with two outs in the eighth and scored on a single by DeJesus to make it 6-3. The three RBIs tied DeJesus’ career high.

Blake hit a sacrifice fly off Shawn Camp to make it 6-4 in the eighth.

Westbrook gave up four runs—three earned—and seven hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

“When you get a three-run lead in the first inning, you have to come out and be aggressive and I didn’t do that,” Westbrook said. “I let them right back in the game.”

Westbrook has lost three straight starts, although he allowed only six earned runs over 21 innings during that span.


Indians OF Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 and has at least two hits in six of his last eight games. … The Royals’ eighth-inning run snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak over 19 games by RHP Matt Miller. … DeJesus went 3-for-4 after hitting just .212 (11-for-52) in his first 13 games in September. … Royals 1B Ken Harvey went 1-for-5 and is hitting .375 (21-for-56) this year against Cleveland. … Belliard went 0-for-4 and is in a 7-for-50 (.140) slump.

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