By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore greeted reliever Ron Mahay with a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
Royals starter Gil Meche (1-1) had retired 16 straight batters and took a 2-1 lead into the eighth. An error by second baseman Alberto Callaspo let the tying run score and finished Meche.
Sizemore followed with his sixth home run.
Jensen Lewis (2-2) worked two scoreless innings. Kerry Wood pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Plate umpire John Hirschbeck was examined in the sixth after getting hit in the mask by Mike Aviles' foul ball. Hirschbeck dropped to one knee, but stayed in the game. Hirschbeck was struck in the mask three times and once in the foot during the day.
Ryan Garko led off the Cleveland eighth with a double and Tony Graffanino pinch-ran. Ben Francisco bunted for a single and when Meche's throw skipped away, Graffanino ran through third-base coach Joel Skinner's stop sign and was thrown out at the plate.
Pinch-hitter Travis Hafner followed with a single and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grounder that Callaspo misplayed, making it 2-all.
Meche was lifted for the left-handed Mahay, who gave up Sizemore's home run.