The Cleveland Indians moved above .500 for the first time since the start of the 2003 season following a 5-1 victory over Kansas City yesterday at home. The Indians won behind a six-hitter from Jake Westbrook and swept the four-game series.
The only run off Westbrook (8-5) was unearned, and rookie Grady Sizemore hit his first major league homer. Westbrook, who struck out three and walked two, improved to 6-0 with a 2.34 ERA at Jacobs Field this season.
Cleveland (50-49) won for the eighth time in 11 games to surpass .500 for the first time since it was 2-1 on April 3, 2003. Cleveland had never before swept a four-game series from the Royals.
"I'm happy for these guys because it is definitely a big stage," Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge said. "But we have to keep it going."
Zack Greinke (2-8) gave up five runs and eight hits in 62/3 innings. At 20, the youngest player currently in the major leagues, Greinke dropped to 1-7 since June 8.
"I was just pounding my fastball," Greinke said. "That didn't work and probably won't work very often."
The Indians had been 0-5 in games when they were at .500. In the first inning yesterday, however, they took the lead for good after Jody Gerut hit a leadoff double, was bunted to third by Omar Vizquel and scored on Travis Hafner's broken-bat RBI single.
* MARINERS 6, ANGELS 2: Dave Hansen and Bucky Jacobsen homered to back Joel Pineiro, and host Seattle took advantage of Kevin Gregg's record-tying wildness.
Gregg threw four wild pitches in the eighth inning, tying the post-1900 major league regular season record set by Walter Johnson in 1914 and matched by Phil Niekro in 1979.
* RED SOX 9, YANKEES 6: Boston did its slugging only with its bats, as Kevin Millar homered and drove in four runs a day after a bench-clearing brawl with visiting New York.
The victory was a treat for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, then watched his home-state team from a box next to the Red Sox' dugout.
Bostonians showed their resentment for the Democratic National Convention, which has locked down their city, by greeting Kerry with a mixed chorus of boos and cheers.
* BLUE JAYS 5, DEVIL RAYS 3: In Toronto, Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer to become the franchise's first player to drive in 1,000 runs.
Delgado also is Toronto's career leader in home runs, walks, runs, total bases and slugging percentage. The franchise began in 1977.
* TIGERS 9, WHITE SOX 2: Marcus Thames hit his first career grand slam, and visiting Detroit overcame the ejections of starter Jeremy Bonderman and Manager Alan Trammell.
Bonderman and Trammell were ejected in the second inning after Bonderman hit Chicago's Aaron Rowand with a pitch, minutes after a home run by Paul Konerko.
Plate umpire Kevin Kelley immediately ejected Bonderman, sending an enraged Trammell out of the dugout to argue, prompting his ejection moments later.
* ATHLETICS 9, RANGERS 2: In Oakland, Calif., Eric Chavez and Mark Kotsay both homered for the second straight day, and Rich Harden made an impressive start.
Oakland Manager Ken Macha considered this a key series for the two-time defending AL West champions, who have become accustomed to surging in the second half. The clubs play three times in Texas next weekend, then don't meet again until seven games in September.