Royals 11, Indians 5

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Royals ended their 11-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Indians 11-5 Saturday night behind Emil Brown’s three RBIs.

Doug Mientkiewicz doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the Royals (3-13), who won for the first time since a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on April 8. Kansas City was outscored 78-32 during the skid.

The Royals had only two longer losing streaks in franchise history – 12 games in 1997 and 19 games last season. But they jumped all over right-hander Paul Byrd for seven runs in the first three innings Saturday night. Byrd (2-2), who won 17 games in 2002 for Kansas City, passed up more money from the Royals during the offseason to sign with the Indians.

Mike Wood (2-0) allowed just an unearned run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings for the win.

Mientkiewicz and Brown each drove in a pair of runs in the Royals’ four-run first. Kansas City added two runs in the second on Shane Costa’s RBI double and Mike Sweeney’s sacrifice fly. Mientkiewicz led off the third with a triple and scored on Brown’s sacrifice fly.

Joe Mays, who is 0-7 in 22 career appearances against the Indians, did not allow a hit until the fourth inning but failed to get through five. With his early departure, the Royals still do not have a win from their rotation. Kansas City starters are 0-10.

The Indians batted around in a four-run fifth, which included Ben Broussard’s two-run double. After Mays gave up a double to Casey Blake and walked Grady Sizemore on four pitches with two outs, manager Buddy Bell summoned Wood from the bullpen. He gave up an RBI single to Todd Hollandsworth before striking out Jhonny Peralta to end the inning with runners on second and third.

The Royals made it 8-4 in the fifth when Angel Berroa’s two-out single scored Reggie Sanders.

Byrd was charged with seven runs on six hits and two walks in three innings. Mays gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in 4 2-3 innings.

Jeremy Guthrie, just promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, replaced Byrd, but he was ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf after hitting Esteban German with a pitch to start the sixth. Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to argue and also was ejected. Brian Slocum, who made his major league debut, replaced Guthrie.

The Royals scored three times in the sixth. Mark Grudzielanek and Sanders each drove in a run. Another scored on a throwing error by Peralta at shortstop.

Notes: Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia, on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side, threw 67 pitches in a four-inning simulated game. If he has no setbacks, Sabathia will likely make a rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Buffalo. … Royals RHP Runelvys Hernandez, who is 1-2 with a 10.67 ERA at Triple-A Omaha, will be recalled to Wednesday against Minnesota. Hernandez reported to spring training overweight and had stamina and endurance problems. … Royals 3B Mark Teahen was held out of the lineup with a tender right shoulder.

AP-ES-04-22-06 2222EDT

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