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.
* Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will have an MRI on his strained left elbow on Monday. He was injured during spring training and played through pain until he was placed on the disabled list on May 31. Righthander Anthony Reyes, out since May 23 with an inflamed right elbow, will have season-ending surgery tomorrow. *