After a two-plus hour rain delay, the Indians and the Royals played two, the Royals winning both halves of the double-header and thwarting the Tribe crawling back to .500. It seems like every time the Indians catch wind of .500, they go on a mini-losing streak.
Fausto Carmona lost in the first game 8-3, giving up seven earned runs in six and a third. Zack Greinke went pretty much the same distance, going six, but did not come back out for the seventh, the difference in the game.
Four of Carmona’s earned runs came in that particular inning. Until that point, the Tribe was only down 4-3.
In the second loss, Brian Bullington was roughed up, going 4.and two thirds and allowing six runs on eight hits over his time on the mound. The Indians lost 8-4. Robinson Tejeda earned the win for the Royals, pitching five innings and allowing only one run during his tenure. Joakim Soria picked up a save in a wild ninth, with both teams scoring a pair before the game ended.
The Royals had sixteen hits in the second game, the Indians only had eight. All told, the Royals tallied 31 total hits in both games.
Mark Teahen was the star for the Royals, picking up five hits total, including a pair of home runs in the second affair.
Grady Sizemore had two hits in the first game and another pair in the second game for the Indians.
The Tribe has one more against the pesky Royals, hoping for a split with a 1:05 victory. Jeremy Sowers (3-8,5.60 ERA) pitches against Brian Bannister (7-15, 5.81 ERA).