Indians: 19 extra-inning games

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Pleasure was quickly followed by some pain for
Ben Broussard. And he didn't mind a single punch to the gut or
elbow in the ribs.

Broussard homered on a 3-0 count with one out in the 11th
inning, lifting the overworked Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory
Friday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Broussard took three straight balls from Nate Field (2-2) before
driving his sixth home run over the wall in left-center and then
getting pounded by his teammates at the plate.

"My first walkoff homer," said Broussard, who went 4-for-4
with two doubles. "I got to come around the bases and then get
mauled. That's a great feeling.

"It's something that I'll remember for the rest of my life. It
was awesome."

Field wasn't nearly as excited after giving up Broussard's

"It was a real good ballgame," he said. "We battled all
night. Then I came in, threw a lousy pitch and the game's over. It
was right down the middle of the plate, and he hammered it."

The Indians have played more extra-inning games than anyone in
baseball, and Broussard's shot made them 8-11 in extras.

"It just shows that we're in good games, I guess," Broussard
said in explaining the Indians' many late nights and long days. "I
think we're gaining a lot of experience in them, it's like another
notch in our belts."

Rick White (4-4) got the win after stranding the go-ahead run at
second in the 11th by striking out Ruben Mateo and pinch-hitter Dee

Mike Sweeney homered for Kansas City, which has dropped five of
seven and won only 13 road games this season.

Rookie Grady Sizemore, the top prospect in Cleveland's
organization, picked up his first major league hit and first RBI --
a double in the third.

Indians second baseman Lou Merloni made a nice defensive play in
the 10th, diving to stop Matt Stairs' hard grounder before starting
a 4-6-3 double play from his knees.

Reliever David Riske then struck out Ken Harvey to keep it tied

"That was a saver right there," Riske said of Merloni's stop.

Sweeney, who has destroyed Cleveland pitching throughout his
career, connected for his 19th homer in the fifth inning to give
the Royals a 2-1 lead.

Sweeney drove a 2-1 pitch from starter Scott Elarton over the
wall in left for his 16th career homer and 68th RBI against the

Cleveland tied it 2-2 in the sixth off starter Mike Wood on
Victor Martinez's two-out RBI double.

After being shut out in consecutive games by Chicago, the
Indians' scoreless drought reached 20 innings before they finally
scored on Sizemore's RBI double.

Merloni reached on a fielder's choice and Sizemore lined his
first major league hit over center fielder David DeJesus' head in
straightaway center.

Sizemore got a nice ovation on his milestone hit from the Jacobs
Field fans, who groaned moments later when the prized outfielder
got picked off second base.

Game notes
In his last 12 games, Sweeney is batting .407 (22-for-54)
with six homers and 19 RBI. ... The teams will make up a April 21
rainout by playing a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. ...
Indians left-fielder Matt Lawton robbed Stairs of an extra-base hit
in the fifth inning with a leaping catch at the wall that was as
accidental as athletic. ... Lawton left in the sixth with a
strained right hamstring. He's day to day. ... The Indians are
celebrating the 10th anniversary of Jacobs Field with weekend-long
activities. ... The Royals are 3-5 in extras.