Series: Game 1 of 4

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 4/8)

Game 1: Thursday, April 8
Kansas City1
Game 2: Friday, April 9
Kansas City3
Game 3: Saturday, April 10
in 10
Kansas City7
Game 4: Sunday, April 11
Kansas City5

Indians 6

(2-2, 2-2 away)

Royals 1

(1-2, 1-2 home)

    2:10 PM ET, April 8, 2004

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    CLE 130110000 6 9 0
    KC 000100000 1 5 0

    W: J. D'Amico (1-0)

    L: J. Affeldt (0-1)

    D'Amico led NL in losses in '03

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jeff D'Amico looked a lot different.

    Using an assortment of sharp breaking pitches and well placed fastballs, D'Amico gave up four hits and one run Thursday in pitching the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 6-1.

    "Wow," said the right-hander, who led the NL in losses last year with a 9-16 record for Pittsburgh. "It was good to go out there and throw a quality game and look like I belong here."

    D'Amico, who went to spring training on a minor league contract, was in command throughout his 88-pitch outing. It was his first AL win since Sept. 17, 1997, when he beat Baltimore for Milwaukee.

    "I had to make the team," he said. "But to come in here where it counts and get it going, yeah, it's definitely a little more stressful than any ordinary start. I am pleased with the way it went."

    Jack Cressend and Rafael Betancourt combined on one-hit relief for the Indians, who have won two straight after opening the season with two extra-inning losses in Minnesota. Most of the Indians didn't get to Kansas City until about 2 a.m., but D'Amico arrived ahead of his teammates.

    "The way we came back after two tough losses is encouraging," said Casey Blake, who homered and drove in two runs. "All you can do is keep playing hard."

    Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings and was called for a pair of balks.

    He had a tough day even before his first pitch.

    "Coming to the park, I got the first speeding ticket of my life," he said. "You name it. It happened to me today. First speeding ticket in my life, two balks, no strikeouts, giving up five runs with two outs."

    Affeldt said he was clocked doing 79 mph in a 65 mph zone a couple of miles from the stadium.

    "I was running late," he said. "If I'm late here, it's a $450 fine."

    The left-hander, 3-0 in seven strong spring-training starts, balked Coco Crisp home with two outs in the fourth following a triple. After Jody Gerut walked with two outs in the first, he advanced on Affeldt's balk and scored on Blake's single.

    Cleveland took a 4-0 lead with three runs in the second, which included consecutive RBI doubles by Ronnie Belliard and Omar Vizquel. Only a fine running catch by Aaron Guiel on a drive to left by Jody Gerut saved a third straight extra-base RBI hit.

    Mike Sweeney singled leading off the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Stairs. Blake homered in the fifth.

    Game notes

    The Royals were 13-6 against Cleveland last year with a 3.23 ERA. ... Royals' 3B Joe Randa made two outstanding diving stops on grounders, lunging to his left to get Alex Escobar in the third and to his right to stop Vizquel leading off the fifth. ... D'Amico is 3-0 in three career starts in Kansas City. ... The Indians claimed RHP Jason Anderson off waivers from the New York Mets and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. ... The Indians also decided not to put 1B Ben Broussard on the DL. He injured his left ankle Monday.

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