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Ibanez delivers for Royals in 12th inning

8/21/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- Raul Ibanez made the Toronto Blue Jays pay for
intentionally walking Mike Sweeney.

Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning, then the Kansas
City Royals held on for a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday
night.

In the top of the 12th, Aaron Guiel walked and advanced to
second on Michael Tucker's sacrifice. Scott Cassidy (0-2) then
intentionally walked Sweeney, who is hitting an AL leading .349,
before Ibanez hit his 21st homer.

''That's the right move. Mike Sweeney is the leading hitter in
the league,'' Ibanez said. ''I would have walked Mike Sweeney every
time to get to me in that situation.''

Ibanez hit a 3-2 pitch off SkyDome's Windows restaurant beyond
the center-field wall to put the Royals up 6-3.

''When somebody gets intentionally walked before you, you try to
make it hurt,'' Ibanez said.

Kansas City manager Tony Pena said he knew that by having Tucker
sacrifice the Blue Jays would walk Sweeney to face Ibanez.

''Raul has been one of the best clutch hitters that we've had
this year,'' Pena said.

After Ibanez's homer, closer Roberto Hernandez nearly gave it
all back.

Josh Phelps led off the bottom of the 12th with a single. After
an out, Orlando Hudson singled off the glove of third baseman Luis
Alicea and Dave Berg singled to left to load the bases. Pedro Swan
followed with an RBI grounder to first and Ken Huckaby added a
run-scoring single to right to make it 6-5.

Hernandez then got Shannon Stewart to pop up to first baseman
Mike Sweeney with runners on first and second for his 22nd save.

''Like Yogi said 'The game is not over until you make 27 outs.'
Today was not 27, today was 33,'' Pena said.

The Blue Jays had 16 hits -- all singles.

''We had some chances there. We just couldn't get the hit at the
right time,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

Jeremy Affeldt (2-4) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Kit Pellow hit his first major league home run for the Royals in
the second to tie it 1-all.

Phelps gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single
off Kansas City starter Miguel Asencio.

Tucker hit an RBI single in the third, but the Blue Jays scored
two runs in the fourth on Vernon Wells' RBI single and Berg's
run-scoring single.

Toronto starter Justin Miller walked Neifi Perez and Luis Ordaz
to lead off the fifth before Tucker hit a sacrifice fly, tying it
at 3.

Mark Hendrickson relieved with runners on first and second and
got Ibanez to fly out to deep left.

Miller went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits.
He walked three and struck out one.

Asencio allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in six
innings.

Game notes
Kansas City outfielder Chuck Knoblauch didn't start because
of tightness in his left forearm. ... Asencio is winless in seven
starts since July 14. ... Kansas City's Luis Ordaz, who entered the
game hitting .167, went 1-for-2 with three walks.