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Tribe gets bounce-back win
De La Rosa out early
Billy Butler and Ross Gload drove in runs in the fifth inning to get the Royals on the board and make it a one-run game, but they couldn't get closer. Jorge De La Rosa struggled with walks and the long ball and left in the fourth with a bruised left thumb.
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 Smith's homer
Indians 5, Royals 3
Sluggers Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez celebrate after Hafner's first-inning homer. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Series at a glance:
Indians clinch series
Travis Hafner hit his 15th homer of the season in the first inning, and the Tribe never trailed behind new 11-game winner Fausto Carmona. Ryan Garko homered for the second straight game and scored twice; Carmona allowed two runs over seven innings of work.
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 Wedge talks to the media
 Hafner's postgame comments
 Hafner's two-run homer
 Butler's RBI double
 Gutierrez's RBI double
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 15, 2007
KC
Kansas City (39-52)
Lost 1
Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3   CLE
Cleveland (54-37)
Won 1
July 15, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0   3 9 0
Cleveland
2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X   5 9 2
Standings thru 7/15/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Indians Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF5000000.277
Grudzielanek, 2B5010001.279
Teahen, RF4120001.289
Butler, DH4111002.313
Gload, 1B3021100.262
Gordon, 3B3010111.231
Smith, SS4111015.217
Gathright, LF4010002.315
LaRue, C3000024.179
  a-German, PH1000000.283
Totals363932416 

a-Grounded out for LaRue in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Butler (7, Carmona).
HR: Smith (1, 8th inning off Betancourt, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Grudzielanek; Teahen 2; Butler 2; Gload 2; Gordon; Smith 4; Gathright.
RBI: Butler (17), Gload (24), Smith (5).
2-out RBI: Butler; Gload; Smith.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRue 3; Smith.
GIDP: Grudzielanek.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Teahen (Hafner at 2nd base).

 
ClevelandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sizemore, CF4000123.279
Blake, 3B3000110.268
Martinez, C2100200.321
Hafner, DH4132013.266
Peralta, SS4010033.283
Garko, 1B3221102.304
Michaels, LF4120011.288
Gutierrez, RF2011110.292
Barfield, 2B3001012.255
Totals2959561014 

BATTING
2B: Gutierrez (2, Riske).
HR: Hafner (15, 1st inning off De La Rosa, 1 on, 2 out), Garko (11, 4th inning off De La Rosa, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hafner 6; Peralta; Garko 5; Michaels 2; Gutierrez 2.
RBI: Hafner 2 (60), Garko (34), Gutierrez (10), Barfield (40).
2-out RBI: Hafner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Peralta 2; Sizemore 3; Garko.
S: Gutierrez.
SF: Barfield.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gutierrez (3, 2nd base off Gobble/LaRue), Sizemore (25, 2nd base off De La Rosa/LaRue).

FIELDING
E: Garko (4, fielding), Barfield (11, throw).
DP: (Barfield-Peralta-Garko).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
De La Rosa (L, 7-10)3.12336625.25
Gobble 1.21000102.78
Riske 1.03220102.53
Bale 2.03000200.00
 
ClevelandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carmona (W, 11-4)7.08222403.77
Betancourt (H, 19)1.01110011.30
Borowski (S, 26)1.00000005.30

Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa 83-44, Gobble 18-10, Riske 34-26, Bale 28-20, Carmona 102-67, Betancourt 16-11, Borowski 13-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: De La Rosa 0-3, Gobble 1-2, Riske 1-1, Bale 1-3, Carmona 14-3, Betancourt 1-2, Borowski 2-1.
Batters faced: De La Rosa 17, Gobble 5, Riske 6, Bale 9, Carmona 31, Betancourt 4, Borowski 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Gobble 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Young. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Mark Carlson.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 3:08.
Att: 29,657.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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