At long last, Royals own win streak

Mike Sweeney makes self at home as K.C. wins two straight for the first time since Sept. 17-18.
Monday, May 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:04 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima didn’t get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.

Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second home run of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win against the Indians on Sunday.

“Every time I come here, I have a special feeling,” said Sweeney, who got his first major league hit at the ballpark in 1995 and is a .348 career hitter with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in Cleveland. “I really love playing here.”

Sweeney hit a 1-2 pitch from Rafael Betancourt (1-1) into the left-field bleachers to break a tie at 5 and help the Royals win consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 17-18 in Cleveland. The win was Kansas City’s third in 15 games overall.

“Even when we were down, we were confident that we could come back,” Sweeney said.

Mike Wood (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings of relief, Andrew Sisco worked the eighth and Ambiorix Burgos struck out two in the ninth for his first career save in his fourth appearance.

Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to 3-9 in one-run games and 3-8 at Jacobs Field. The Indians’ major league-worst batting average dropped to .225.

“Everything is magnified because we’re not hitting,” manager Eric Wedge said.

Lima held Cleveland hitless for the first five innings then gave up five runs and couldn’t get out of the sixth.

“If I get through that inning, I would have had a no-hitter,” Lima said. “But I went from glory to disaster.”

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