KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Grady Sizemore hit a grand slam and added an RBI single to power Cleveland past Kansas City 6-1 Wednesday night, handing the hapless Royals their team record-tying 12th straight loss.

C. C. Sabathia (8-9) went six innings, giving up seven hits and one run, with six strikeouts and one walk. After losing 4-3 to New York in their last home game, the Indians are 5-0 on a six-game trip to Detroit and Kansas City.

The Royals, one night after becoming the third major league home team to give up 11 runs in the ninth inning, matched their club-record 12-game losing streak of 1997. It’s the longest streak in the majors this year.

The Royals have not won since July 27 when they rallied from five runs down to beat the White Sox 6-5 in 13 innings. In their last four games, they’ve allowed 46 runs.

Right-hander Zack Greinke (3-14) went 4 1-3 innings and remained the losingest pitcher in the majors. He gave up seven hits and four runs, with four walks and four strikeouts.

Sizemore, who was 3-for-3 with two singles and two walks, set a career high for RBIs in a game and has reached base in seven straight plate appearances. He hit a 3-1 pitch in the second for his first major league grand slam.

The Indians loaded the bases on singles by Jeff Liefer and Aaron Boone and a one-out walk to No. 9 hitter Casey Blake. Sizemore’s homer carried 408 feet over the fence in right-center.

Blake, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, doubled off Shawn Camp with one out in the sixth and made it 5-1 on Sizemore’s RBI single.

The Royals got a run in the third on an RBI double by David DeJesus, who broke a 1-for-32 skid.

Sabathia’s biggest pitch came in the fifth when the Royals had the bases loaded with two out and Emil Brown lined out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Earlier in the inning, Coco Crisp made a great diving catch to save a run.

Crisp had an RBI single in the eighth.

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell was ejected in the ninth inning by home plate umpire Tim Tschida for arguing from the dugout.

Notes: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Indians on Tuesday night were the third road team in major league history to score 11 runs in the ninth. The Chicago White Sox did it Aug. 19, 1970, against Boston and the Toronto Blue Jays did it July 20, 1984, against Seattle. … The official scorer changed one of the Royals’ three errors in the ninth Tuesday to a fielder’s choice, giving Ronnie Belliard an RBI. … Sizemore made an outstanding belly-flop catch of John Buck’s shallow pop fly in the second. … The Indians have homered in 17 of their last 19 games. … Sizemore’s previous RBI high was three, also against Kansas City.

AP-ES-08-10-05 2317EDT


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