Royals cure Tribe losing ways

The Indians got back on the winning track, edging the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Friday night. Jhonny Peralta delivered the big hit in the seventh when he doubled home three Indians to make it 6-3. Bob Wickman entered in the ninth and got his fourth save of the season. Victor Martinez’s 15-game hitting streak ended as he went 0 for4. Cliff Lee went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, while Danny Graves got the win for the Tribe. Eric Wedge didn’t downplay Peralta’s clutch performance.

“Peralta stepped up big time,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s comfortable in those situations. He likes being up in those situations. He’s had a great deal of success with runners in scoring position, as well as late in the game.”

When you need a win who better to face than the hapless Royals. Peralta came through with the huge hit and the pen finally was able to hold a lead.

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