They combined for one home run against the

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They combined for one home run against the Royals. But the Cleveland Indians' Manny Ramirez hit four during a weekend series, including two Sunday that helped the Indians beat the Royals 12-3.

"The heck with Sammy Sosa and McGwire," Muser said Sunday. "How about Manny Ramirez?"

Ramirez, who was named to the American League All-Star team as an injury replacement for New York's Bernie Williams, hit two solo shots in Friday's 2-1 win over Kansas City. On Sunday, he hit a grand slam and a solo home run, his 19th and 20th on the season.

Jim Thome and David Bell also homered for the Indians, and Travis Fryman added four hits behind winning pitcher Jaret Wright (8-5), who went six innings.

Wright, who allowed three hits and two runs, was ejected in the seventh after throwing a pitch over the head of the Royals' Larry Sutton.

"Basically, that was the way I was taught to play baseball, to stick up for my teammates," said Wright, who was ejected by homeplate umpire Jim Joyce. "There was nothing to say."

The Indians scored six runs in the sixth inning and five in the seventh, when Royals reliever Chris Haney hit Mark Whiten with a pitch two batters after Ramirez's second homer.

The Indians did most of their talking with their bats.

Ramirez hit the grand slam off starter Glendon Rusch (6-10) in the sixth and the solo shot off Haney in the seventh. He has eight career grand slams and moved into second place on the Indians' all-time list _ one behind Al Rosen.

"I'm not thinking about hitting a grand slam," said Ramirez, who has six home runs this season and 10 in his career against the Royals. "I just want to get a run in."

Rusch allowed eight hits and seven runs in five innings, striking out seven and walking one. He had been cruising before Thome hit his 23rd home run of the year in the fourth inning.

"The first two or three innings Rusch was really throwing the ball well," Thome said. "I think we just adjusted to what he was throwing."

Jeff King picked up his first RBI since June 26 with a run-scoring single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Dean Palmer, the Royals' lone All-Star who returned after missing two games after being hit with a pitch on the left elbow Thursday in St. Louis, hit his 17th home run in the fourth inning.

Notes: Shawon Dunston's first-inning double helped the Indians maintain their pace of hitting at least one extra base hit in every game this season. ... Kansas City's Hal Morris has an 11-game hitting streak. ... Rusch's five consecutive strikeouts in the first two innings fell one short of the team record of six set by Steve Busby, Danny Jackson and Bret Saberhagen and Doug Linton.

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