CLEVELAND (AP) -Indians pitcher
was pleased he was able to keep the ball down during key spots. Kansas City manager Trey Hillman was upset with his team's
approach at the plate.
The result was an impressive night for Cleveland's defense.
hit a three-run homer and the Indians turned double plays in six straight innings in an 8-7 victory over the Royals on Tuesday.
''Our defense was unbelievable,'' Laffey said.
Sizemore connected in Cleveland's four-run fourth inning as the Indians built a 6-1 lead, but it was the six double play balls
that saved the day for the Tribe.
Laffey (1-0) gave up a run in the first - the only run he allowed in seven innings - and was helped by double-play grounders
in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.
bounced into an inning-ending double play in the seventh after the Royals loaded the bases.
The biggest double play came after Kansas City rallied for four runs in the eighth. The threat ended when
to bounce into a double play with the tying run on first.
''The double plays played big for us,'' manager
The six double plays tied a club record for the Indians and set a team mark for the Royals.
Kansas City's big eighth inning cut it to 6-5 but
hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.
' two-run homer in the ninth before finishing for his second save.
Laffey, who recorded his first win since July 10, began the season at Triple-A Columbus, but was called up when
went on the disabled list with a sore left elbow. The left-hander started against the Royals last Wednesday, allowing two
runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Laffey pitched his way out of the Indians' rotation last season and was sent to the minors on July 26, where he spent the
rest of the season. He didn't pitch in September because of a sore elbow and was beaten out by Lewis for a spot in the rotation
in spring training.
''I pitch to contact, so I have to rely on my defense,'' Laffey said. ''It's definitely a confidence builder that I can keep
the ball on the ground and get double plays.''
Hillman took a different point of view.
''Six double plays, that's tough to do in one game,'' he said. ''That's frustrating. We didn't make enough adjustments. We
have to be more patient in those situations.''
The game was played in front of 11,408 fans, the smallest crowd in the history of Progressive Field, which opened in 1994.
(0-2) allowed six runs in 3 1-3 innings and fell to 0-8 with an 8.96 ERA in 15 career appearances against Cleveland.
One-out singles by
started Cleveland's fourth-inning rally. Sizemore hit a 1-0 pitch to right for his fifth homer. Sizemore is 4-for-8 with two
homers lifetime against Ponson.
scored the final run of the inning on
's wild pitch.
Kansas City rallied in the eighth against the Indians' beleaguered bullpen.
started the inning, but allowed a single to pinch-hitter
, an RBI double to DeJesus and a walk to
gave up RBI singles to
before Lewis retired
on a sacrifice fly and ended the inning with Cleveland's final double play.
The bullpen has been a problem throughout the early part of the season for the Indians, who made an adjustment after the game.
, who had been their long man, was demoted and lefty
was called up from Triple-A Columbus. Sipp will serve as a matchup reliever in late situations.
Teahen also singled in a run in the first but the Indians tied it in the bottom half when Sizemore scored on Olivo's passed
Ponson is 0-5 in eight outings at Progressive Field.
Notes: Royals RHP
was called up from Triple-A Omaha to start Wednesday night. RHP
was placed on the disabled list with an elbow strain. ... Bannister takes the rotation spot of LHP
, who was sent to the bullpen. He pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings against Cleveland. ...
is 5-for-8 with four walks lifetime against Ponson. ... Cleveland RHP
, who is attempting to come back from
surgery, threw a 60-pitch bullpen session in extended spring training Monday.