Cliff Lee pitched well for the third straight game and Casey Blake broke out of a slump with a homer…
Indians Sweep Pair From Royals
Thursday, Lee yielded a leadoff single to Jose Guillen in the second, but got the next batter, Billy Butler, to ground into a double play. Guillen opened the fifth with a double, but Lee struck out Butler, Alex Gordon and Miguel Olivo.
With two outs in the ninth, David DeJesus singled on an 0-2 pitch, but Lee came back to get Esteban German on a groundout to end it. German fouled off the first three pitches before grounding to third baseman Andy Marte.
Lee has allowed only 11 hits and two walks in 31 2/3 innings this year, striking out 29.
Dellucci (.273) broke the scoreless duel with Royals right-hander Brian Bannister by hitting the first pitch of the seventh for his third homer. Travis Hafner (.226) followed with a double and scored on a two-out double by Asdrubal Cabrera (.209).
Fausto Carmona (3-1, 2.89 ERA) allowed four runs on nine hits and four walks over five innings, but got the win in the first game when the Indians' offense bailed him out.
Grady Sizemore (.276), Blake (.250) and Jason Michaels (.156) all had two RBI. Sizemore went 4-for-5 with a homer; Michaels and Blake both were 2-for-4; Victor Martinez (.367) went 3-for-5 and Ben Francisco 2-for-5.
Rafael Betancourt (3.60 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.
NOTABLE: The Indians re-signed LHP Jason Stanford and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Stanford, who went 1-1 with the Indians in 2007, signed with Washington in November as a six-year minor-league free agent. The Nationals released him April 21. ... LHP Aaron Laffey worked three scoreless innings Thursday night at Buffalo. He is expected to be called up to start for the Indians on Monday night in Cleveland against the New York Yankees.
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