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Matt LaPorta's Grand Slam Propels Indians To Rain-Delayed Win Over Royals

The Indians are picking a very handy time to put together a little winning streak.

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Following a rain delay before the game and a couple more during the game -- including a delay that took Justin Masterson out of the game with a five-run lead -- the Tribe prevailed 6-4 over the Kansas City Royals, powered by Matt LaPorta's grand slam -- the second slam for the Indians in two days (Shin-Soo Choo belted one on Friday) -- to win their third straight game and to guarantee that they will leave Kansas City in fourth place in the Central no matter what happens today.

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The Indians tallied five times in the fourth inning on LaPorta's slam -- following a Choo RBI -- and then watched the Royals hit two two-run blasts off of Justin Germano in the bottom half after Germano replaced Masterson following a long delay. Jayson Nix drove in the last Tribe run with a single in the eighth.

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Joe Smith got the victory with a scoreless inning, and Chris Perez picked up his 21st save.

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The series concludes this afternoon with Josh Tomlin going for the Indians against Luke Hochevar.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.