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Guiel gets game-winning RBI in 10th

4/10/2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Less than one week into the season, a
pattern has emerged for Cleveland and Kansas City.

The Indians blow late leads and lose in extra innings. The
Royals pitch lousy but win on clutch hits.

Aaron Guiel's two-out RBI single in the 10th inning Saturday
gave Kansas City a 7-6 victory over the Indians, who blew a
three-run lead in the ninth.

Mike Sweeney, batting .158, tied it at 6 with a two-out, two-run
single off David Riske in the ninth.

"Even with two strikes, I didn't feel nervous," Sweeney said.
"I didn't feel any pressure. I just wanted to get the job done. I
was still sure I could come through."

Matt Stairs singled off Rafael Betancourt (0-1) with two outs in
the 10th, and pinch-runner Rich Thompson stole second. The
left-handed hitting Guiel, who had a two-run homer in the third
inning, lined a game-winning single to center off Scott Stewart.

Guiel also had a two-run double off the left-handed Stewart to
break a scoreless tie in the seventh in Kansas City's 3-1 victory
Friday night.

"I pitched him totally different this time and he beat me
again," Stewart said. "A lefty is a lefty. I've got one thing to
do."

There are times, Guiel said, when he prefers to face a
left-hander.

"A lot of times I enjoy facing lefties, especially if maybe I'm
not swinging the bat well," he said. "A lot of times when I'm
facing a lefty, it actually keeps my shoulder in and does a lot of
things to help my swing. I like facing them."

Scott Sullivan (1-0) got the win with one inning of scoreless
relief.

It was the second walk-off win for the Royals this week. They
scored six ninth-inning runs against the Chicago White Sox on
Monday for a 9-7 victory and the biggest ninth-inning comeback on
opening day in 103 years.

"I think it says a lot about the character of this team,"
Sweeney said. "We know we're never going to give up."

The Indians also squandered save opportunities and lost in extra
innings to Minnesota in their first two games of the year. Riske
has blown two saves.

"The bullpen has me scratching my head," Cleveland manager
Eric Wedge said. "We've got guys down there who we thought were
going to stabilize our bullpen."

C.C. Sabathia threw eight strong innings and Travis Hafner went
3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to give the Indians a 6-3 lead
going into the ninth.

Sabathia also got a no-decision in Minnesota. He went seven
scoreless innings but the bullpen lost the lead and the Twins won
in the 11th.

"It's a tough loss for everybody," Sabathia said. "It's not
just me. But I'll take my chances any day with Riske. I'll go eight
and turn it over to him in the ninth any time."

Riske gave up a leadoff single to Ken Harvey, then Guiel singled
and Tony Graffanino hit an RBI single to make it 6-4.

Ronnie Belliard and Matt Lawton had two hits each for the
Indians.

Kansas City's Brian Anderson was ineffective for the second
straight start, giving up eight hits and five runs in five innings.
In his first two starts, Anderson is 0-1 with an ERA of 10.00.

Guiel gave the Royals a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the
third.

But in the fourth, Casey Blake singled with one out and scored
on Lawton's RBI double. With two outs, Victor Martinez blooped an
RBI single into left, and Hafner hit an RBI double into
right-center.

Hafner scored on a single by Lou Merloni, then Belliard made it
5-2 with an RBI double. Hafner made it 6-3 with a leadoff homer off
Shawn Camp in the ninth.

Sabathia issued back-to-back walks with one out in the fifth and
Joe Randa, who broke an 0-for-11 skid his previous at-bat, hit an
RBI single for Kansas City's third run.

Game notes
Harvey made a great diving stop of Alex Escobar's smash in
the fourth at first base, saving a run. ... Cleveland RF Jody Gerut
also made an outstanding play, running into foul territory and
sliding on his knees to catch Randa's popup in the second. ...
Watching Thompson score the winning run was his mother, Anne, who
is home briefly from Nicaragua where she works for Food for the
Hungry.