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Indians finish up Royals sweep in style

PRO BASEBALL Cleveland has won five straight and 12 of 13, and have the best record at in the major leagues since July 31 at 33-11 as they close in on the White Sox


Jhonny Peralta, Travis Hafner and Ben Broussard homered, and C.C. Sabathia allowed five singles over eight innings as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 11-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

The Indians trailed the White Sox by 15 games on Aug. 1 but are just 3.5 games back heading into a three-game series in Chicago that starts on Monday.

Cleveland moved 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card race.

"This is fun," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "I love to watch these guys play, how they go out and compete day after day. They've earned the right to be where they are."

Sabathia (14-10) struck out eight and walked none, improving to 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA since Aug. 5.

"This is exciting," Sabathia said. "But the pressure is on the other guys. We have no sense of urgency. We don't have to do anything -- except go out and keep playing like we have been."

Jose Lima (5-16) gave up eight runs and nine hits in four innings, losing for the eighth time in nine starts. Kansas City is a major league-worst 48-99.

White Sox 2, Twins 1

At Minneapolis, Jose Contreras (13-7) won his sixth straight start, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings.

Juan Rincon (6-6) gave up consecutive two-out singles to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth, and Jermaine Dye hit a bouncer to second that Nick Punto tried to backhand unsuccessfully, allowing pinch-runner Ross Gload to score from second on the error.

Damaso Marte got the first two outs in the ninth, and Bobby Jenks finished for his third save.

Athletics 12, Red Sox 3

At Boston, Eric Chavez had two homers and five RBIs for Oakland, which remained two games back of the AL West-leading Angels.

Oakland got four runs in the first off Matt Clement (13-6) and three in the second, then added five in the fifth off Jeremi Gonzalez for a 12-0 lead.

Boston split the four-game series and leads the AL East by 1{ games over the New York Yankees, who lost 6-5 at Toronto.

Kirk Saarloos (10-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for Oakland, which had lost four of its previous five. Clement gave up seven runs and eight hits 1 2-3 innings -- his briefest major league start not shortened by injury.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5

At Toronto, Jaret Wright left in the third inning after being hit on the right elbow by Eric Hinske's broken bat and was unsure whether he would take his next scheduled turn in New York's rotation.

Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 44th homer and Derek Jeter also connected for the Yankees. Jeter struck out looking against Miguel Batista with a runner on second to end it.

Former-Yankee Ted Lilly (9-10) won for the first time since July 19. allowing three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 1-3 innings as Toronto stopped New York's six-game winning streak. Batista worked the ninth for his 28th save.

Wright (5-3) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Barry Bonds splashed a home run into McCovey Cove for the first time this season, a leadoff drive in the eighth inning that helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday.

Bonds' second homer this year and No. 705 of his career followed a tiebreaking solo drive by Mike Matheny in the sixth and Randy Winn's third homer in three days.

Matheny's homer off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth as the Giants won their third straight. The Giants trail National League West-leading San Diego by 5.5 games and the Dodgers dropped 7.5 games back of the Padres.

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