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Published: Sunday, 9/13/2009

Peralta's 4 RBIs lift Tribe over Royals

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND - Jhonny Peralta drove in four runs to help David Huff become Cleveland's first 10-game winner, and the Indians snapped the Kansas City Royals' five-game winning streak with a 13-6 victory last night.

Peralta had a two-run double in the fourth inning off Luke Hochevar (6-10) and his two-run single capped a five-run sixth that put Cleveland ahead 11-3. On Friday night, Peralta had hits in the ninth and 11th inning that could have won it for Cleveland but the runners were thrown at home both times.

Huff (10-9) won his third straight start, improving to 5-1 in six outings since Aug. 9. The left-hander allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out a career-high six. He is the first Cleveland rookie to win 10 games since Ryan Drese went 10-9 in 2002.

Hochevar gave up five runs over five innings and extended the longest active losing streak in the AL to seven games. The right-hander went 6-1 in nine starts from June 6-July 25. In nine starts since, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft is 0-7 with an 8.21 ERA.

Michael Brantley had four hits and Jamey Carroll three as Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 12 games. The Indians tied a season high with seven doubles.

Shin-Soo Choo hit his 15th homer, first since Aug. 15, in a three-run fifth that gave the Indians a 5-3 lead. It was Choo's second HR in 217 at-bats since July 8.

Billy Butler gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the second.

Peralta's two-run double put Cleveland ahead 2-1 in the fourth. Asdrubal Cabrera walked and Choo beat out an infield single. Peralta then hit a sharp grounder under the glove of third baseman Alex Gordon, scoring both runners.

NOTES: Cleveland is 10-7 against the Royals this year and has not lost a season series to them since 2003.



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