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Sweeney homers twice to lead Royals to win

5/9/2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- John Mizerock got off to a good start at
Kauffman Stadium.

After going 1-7 on Kansas City's road trip, the Royals' interim
manager won his home debut Thursday night.

Mike Sweeney homered twice and Joe Randa hit a tiebreaking
single in the eighth inning as the Royals rallied from a three-run
deficit for a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The Royals scored three runs in the eighth after the first two
batters were retired. It was their first win in 20 games this
season when they trailed entering the eighth inning.

"That was a thing of beauty, two outs, nobody on and we score
three runs," Mizerock said. "That was long overdue. It's the
first multirun inning we've had in a while, and it came at a great
time."

The last time the Royals scored three or more runs in an inning
was May 1.

Indians starter Bartolo Colon limited Kansas City to five hits,
but three were homers. He left after Sweeney's second homer tied it
with two outs in the eighth.

"We know he's got power and can tie it," Cleveland manager
Charlie Manuel said. "We know he's hitting .328. We're aware he
can hurt us. Colon got a four-seam fastball right in the middle of
the plate."

Sweeney, who also hit a solo shot in the sixth, has four homers
this season and 10 multihomer games.

Carlos Beltran greeted reliever Ricardo Rincon (0-1) with a
single and stole second. Randa's single to center off David Riske,
the third pitcher in the inning, scored Beltran. Neifi Perez added
an RBI single.

Jeff Suppan (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in eight
innings for the win.

"It was a battle," Suppan said. "It was tough for me early
on, identifying what I had. The bottom line was trusting my stuff,
just using what I had, and going out there and pitching."

Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his second save after
beginning the season on the disabled list with a right elbow
strain.

Colon limited the Royals to one hit, Randa's double in the
second, before Sweeney homered with one out in the sixth. The homer
ended Colon's string of 18 scoreless innings.

Suppan walked Ricky Gutierrez and gave up a single to Matt
Lawton in the first. Ellis Burks, who missed eight games with a
strained right hamstring before returning Wednesday, doubled down
the right-field line with two outs to score Gutierrez and Lawton.

The Indians added a run in the sixth when Burks, Travis Fryman
and Brady Anderson singled to load the bases. Einar Diaz hit an RBI
groundout to make it 3-0.

A.J. Hinch hit a solo home run, his first of the season, with
two outs in the seventh to trim the Indians' lead to 3-2.

Game notes
Indians LF Russell Branyan was ejected in the first by
plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing a called third strike.
Branyan's career-high streak of homering in three straight games
ended with the ejection. Anderson replaced Branyan. ... Gutierrez
extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... Beltran, who stole
second in the ninth, has swiped 23 bases without being caught
dating to Aug. 11, 2001.