Blake Hits Grand Slam in Cleveland Romp

Sabathia earns first victory of season
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 11:54 PM CDT
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia throws against Kansas City Royals' David DeJesus in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo.    (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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(Newser) – Casey Blake had a grand slam and six RBIs and C.C. Sabathia struck out 11 in his first victory, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 15-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Blake, the No. 9 hitter, was 4-for-4 with a single and a grand slam and two RBI doubles in the Indians' 17-hit attack.

David Dellucci and Jhonny Peralta also homered and Franklin Gutierrez had a three-run double for Cleveland, which came in with the 10th-worst run total and lowest slugging percentage in the league. Sabathia (1-3) went six innings and gave up only four hits and two walks. Mark Teahen and Jose Guillen each struck out three times against the reigning Cy Young Award winner.