Gil Meche tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings and the visiting Kansas City Royals hit three home runs in a 9-0 win over the Cleveland Indians last night.
Alberto Callaspo had a career-high four hits, including his first career grand slam for Kansas City. The Royals also got two-run homers from Jose Guillen and Miguel Olivo.
Meche (3-5) allowed four hits and three walks.
"I felt absolutely horrible warming up in the bullpen," Meche said. "It's weird. I just went out and tried to attack the [strike] zone and things fell in place."
In other games:
* At Baltimore, Jose Lopez homered twice and the Seattle Mariners beat the Orioles, 4-1. Lopez finished with three hits.
* At Boston, Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis homered as the Red Sox defeated New York, 6-5, and improved to 7-0 against the Yankees this year.
* At Chicago, Justin Verlander (7-2) pitched a six-hitter and the Detroit Tigers defeated the White Sox, 2-1. Jim Thome hit his 552nd career home run for Chicago.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar homered and the Tampa Bay Rays halted a three-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
* At Arlington, Texas, the game between the Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 1.
* An undetermined amount of alcohol was found in the system of Courtney Stewart, 20, who was driving Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, before they were both killed in a deadly collision in April, according to toxicology tests.
Stewart Adenhart and Henry Pearson died when their car was broadsided April 9 by a minivan allegedly driven by Andrew Gallo, whose blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, police said.
* Injured Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell could rejoin the team this weekend and shortstop Jason Bartlett could be back early next week.
Burrell, out since May 11 with a neck strain, worked out yesterday and will join Class A Charlotte today. Bartlett, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26 due to a sprained left ankle, ran the bases and could play in a minor league game by this weekend.
Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir, on the DL with a strained right quadriceps, is scheduled to pitch in a three-inning simulated game tomorrow.