The Cleveland Indians needed all the help they could get from their red-hot hitters to win their series opener against the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians' lineup might not have as much pressure in the next game if Scott Kazmir can continue his recent turnaround.
The left-hander will try to provide another superb effort and lead Cleveland to a season high-tying sixth straight win Wednesday night.
The Indians (45-38) have batted .333 in their five consecutive wins - all on the road - but had to hold on for a 6-5 victory Tuesday. After his team blew a 4-0 lead, Jason Giambi hit a key RBI double in the seventh, and closer Chris Perez worked out of a jam in the ninth.
Jason Kipnis went 1 for 4 with two runs scored to extend his hit streak to 13 games. He also reached base for the 33rd straight contest while helping Cleveland earn its fifth win in six matchups with Kansas City (38-42).
"The offense is putting up some big numbers. Hopefully we can keep rolling like we have the past c...