Sizemore's big day at plate makes up for Carmona's rocky showing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even before they took the field for the second game of Thursday night's doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians were assured of winning a series for the time since the first one of the season.

A 9-6 victory over Kansas City in the opener took care of that.

Following a 17-hit, 15-1 victory over the Royals on Tuesday, Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake led a 15-hit salvo after cooling their heels during a rainout on Wednesday.

"It just tells you we haven't been playing very well, and we're playing better," Blake said of winning the series. "That's all it says."

Sizemore had four hits and two RBIs and Fausto Carmona survived five shaky innings for the Indians, who took a 7-1 lead against Brett Tomko in the third.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Royals.

"We started off on the wrong foot," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "It's good to see us put some runs on the board. We couldn't stop the bleeding."

Sizemore was 4-for-5 with three singles and a solo home run and Jason Michaels also had two RBIs for the Indians, who hadn't won a series since launching the season by winning two of three game from the Chicago White Sox. Blake followed his 4-for-4, six-RBI game on Tuesday night by reaching base three times, including two RBI singles.

Carmona (3-1) gave up nine hits and four runs to improve to 4-0 lifetime against Kansas City. He walked four and struck out one.

"He battled. But he never gave in to it," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He didn't quite have the command you saw in his last start. But I still felt like he did a good job of working to make adjustments when he needed to."

Tomko (1-3) went four innings and allowed 11 hits and seven runs -- six earned. He struck out two and walked two.

Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his first save since taking over for injured closer Joe Borowski.

David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo homered for the Royals as every starter for both teams had either a hit or scored a run, or both.

After Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez singled leading off the Cleveland third. Third baseman Alex Gordon was charged with an error when Ryan Garko's grounder went through his legs, allowing Hafner to score. Ben Francisco followed with an RBI double and Michaels flared a two-run single into right, making it 7-1.

The Indians took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second. Blake hit an RBI single into right field and aggressively took second when Tomko had trouble getting control of the throw back to the infield. Blake then scored on Sizemore's single.

Olivo, who had two singles, hit a two-run, 413-foot shot off Rafael Perez that made it 9-6 in the seventh. Then after two-out singles put runners at first and second, Jose Guillen pinch hit against Masa Kobayashi. Guillen, who had been benched after striking out four times Tuesday night, hit a weak grounder to first.

"He did a great job for us," Wedge said. "He came in and got a tough hitter out and did a great job against some tough hitters in the eighth inning."

The Royals' Billy Butler, who had an RBI single and a run-scoring infield out, has reached base in all 21 games, failing to hit safely only once.

Game notes
With RHP Jake Westbrook on the 15-day DL, the Indians will bring up RHP Jeremy Sowers from Triple-A Buffalo to start against New York on Saturday. ... Royals SS Mark Grudzielanek did not play after being diagnosed with an irritated disc. Hillman said he was scheduled to see another doctor and is day-to-day.