Final in 10

Series: Game 4 of 4

Kansas City won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, July 19
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Kansas City 8
Game 2: Saturday, July 20
Cleveland 5Final
Kansas City 7
Game 3: Saturday, July 20
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Kansas City 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 21
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Kansas City 13

Indians 12

(43-55, 19-32 away)

Royals 13

(43-55, 29-22 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 21, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    CLE 4202010030 12 - -
    KC 1230040021 13 - -

    W: S. Mullen (3-2)

    L: H. Murray (0-2)

    Ibanez sends game into extra innings with HR

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Raul Ibanez found yet another way to contribute to a Royals win.

    Raul Ibanez
    Ibanez

    Ibanez hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning, then was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th to give Kansas City a 13-12 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

    "It's your reaction to get out of the way,'' Ibanez said. "It was long day, but it was fun to win. We just kept battling back. We went back and forth and we finally got it.''

    Ibanez drove in five runs, giving him 33 RBI in 22 games. He earlier hit a two-run triple as the Royals won for the 10th time in 11 games.

    Milton Bradley went 5-for-6 with a homer, three doubles and five RBI for the Indians. The Indians finished with a season-high 20 hits, including three doubles by Einar Diaz.

    Ibanez would have preferred another home run or even a single to getting hit in the back. But as long as he gets plunked by a ball that doesn't sail too high, he's fine.

    "From the neck down, it's OK,'' Ibanez said.

    Heath Murray (0-2) said a 2-1 slider got away from him.

    "I couldn't hold onto the ball,'' Murray said. "I tried to change balls, but that didn't work.''

    The Royals, who trailed 6-1 in the second, took a 10-9 lead in the sixth on Carlos Beltran's second grand slam of the season and fourth of his career.

    Much like it had been during the Royals' nine-game winning streak, it was Ibanez and Beltran coming up big.

    "We keep talking about those two guys over and over,'' Royals manager Tony Pena said. "They were tremendous with clutch hits.''

    After Ibanez tripled home two runs, he scored on a single by Neifi Perez to tie it at 6 in the third.

    Ibanez finished the 13-game homestand with four home runs and 23 RBI.

    "He started on fire and ended it on fire,'' Pena said.

    Bradley hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth as Cleveland rallied for three runs off Roberto Hernandez for a 12-10 lead.

    "I did all I could,'' Bradley said. "I've been feeling good at the plate and I am swinging the way I feel I am capable of swinging and getting hits like I can.''

    Chris Magruder and Omar Vizquel led off the game with consecutive home runs, the first time the Indians have started with two straight shots since Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson did it on June 19, 1971, against Detroit.

    Cleveland closer Bob Wickman could not hold the lead in the ninth, giving up Ibanez's homer.

    In the 10th, Murray gave up a leadoff single to Brent Mayne and a one-out single to Chuck Knoblauch, and walked Joe Randa with two outs, bringing up Ibanez.

    Scott Mullen (3-2) got the victory.

    Bradley hit a two-run double in the fourth for an 8-6 lead. The Indians added another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lee Stevens.

    Indians starter C.C. Sabathia went five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits.

    The Indians chased Darrell May after he had given up eight hits and six runs in 1 2-3 innings. It was the second-shortest outing by a Royals starter this year, with Miguel Asencio getting only two outs on June 28 against San Diego.

    Cleveland made it 4-0 in the first, adding two more runs on a double by Bradley and an RBI groundout by Ben Broussard.

    Game notes


    Royals 1B Mike Sweeney did not play for the 10th straight game due to stiffness in his back. Manager Tony Pena hopes to get him back in the lineup next weekend. He will undergo an MRI Monday to take a look at soreness in his hip, which they feel might be caused by the back injury. ... Indians 1B Jim Thome missed his fourth straight game with stiffness in his lower back. ... Royals C A.J. Hinch left the game in the first after getting hit in the throwing hand with a foul ball off the bat of Earl Snyder. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for X-rays, which were negative. He bruised his right hand and is day-to-day.

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