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Kansas City at Baltimore

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Royals 10, Orioles 8

CBS wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Not much has gone right for the Kansas City Royals this season, and after they blew a seven-run lead against the Baltimore Orioles it appeared as if this game would be no different.

Then, for a welcome change, the Royals benefited from a disputed call.

Kansas City scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning balk by Steve Kline, and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory Sunday.

With the score tied 8-8, Emil Brown opened the eighth with a single off Todd Williams (3-2). After a strikeout, an errant pickoff throw and intentional walk, Kline came in and retired Joe McEwing on a grounder, leaving runners at second and third.

As Kline prepared to pitch to David DeJesus, home plate umpire Bob Davidson called a balk. Brown hadn't crossed the plate before Kline began arguing the call, to no avail.

Afterward, Davidson said Kline "moved his shoulder" to deceive the runner at third base.

"He has the last say. What can I do?" Kline said. "I wasn't even set yet. He saw something different than I did."

Kansas City manager Tony Pena agreed with Davidson.

"He balked. I saw it all the way," Pena said. "What he did, he moved his shoulders like he was going to throw to home plate."

The Royals, who had lost 14 of 16, were delighted that a call finally went their way.

"It's always something weird that usually results in us losing the game. Hopefully the tide is turning," said Mike Sweeney, who homered in the ninth. "People questioned whether Kline did balk, but we'll take the win. We don't have many of them this year, so we'll take any one we can get."

After rallying from an 8-1 deficit, the first-place Orioles lost for only the third time in 14 games on a questionable call.

"The umpire said he moved his hands. I didn't see it," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "On that call, you're not going to get someone to change it."

Angel Berroa and Matt Stairs each had a home run and three RBI for the Royals, who avoided a three-game sweep.

"It's been a tremendously tough season to this point," Sweeney said. "I hope today will give us an emotional lift."

Ambiorix Burgos (1-1) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the Royals, striking out four.

The Orioles received homers from Melvin Mora, Javy Lopez and Geronimo Gil, but committed a season-high four errors.

Baltimore used a seven-run sixth to pull even at 8-all. Lopez hit a two-run homer off Mike Wood, and Jay Gibbons doubled before Jaime Cerda walked Chris Gomez. One out later, Gil hit his first homer since May 31, 2003, a three-run shot to center.

Cerda then walked Brian Roberts, and Mike MacDougal walked Luis Matos before Mora tied it with a two-run double into the left-field corner.

The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the seventh before Burgos struck out Gil and Roberts.

"Burgos did a great job. He was able to keep us in the ballgame and gave us a chance to come back and win," Pena said. "What a performance by this kid."

After Mora put Baltimore up 1-0 in the first inning with his seventh home run, the Royals took their initial lead of the series with a six-run fourth -- their biggest inning of the season.

Tony Graffanino reached on a throwing error by third baseman Mora, although replays appeared to show that Gomez made the tag during a collision at first. A double by Sweeney and a walk loaded the bases for Stairs, who hit a comebacker that Rodrigo Lopez fumbled before throwing to first.

Sweeney scored when Lopez threw a wild pitch on ball four to Brown, and Berroa followed with a three-run shot -- his first RBI since April 21. Mark Teahen then doubled, and DeJesus hit an RBI single.

Stairs chased Lopez with a two-run homer in the fifth.


Royals starter Brian Anderson allowed one run and three hits in two innings before leaving with a sore left elbow. ... Baltimore OF Sammy Sosa missed the entire series with a foot injury, but could return Monday, Mazzilli said. ... Graffanino left in the fourth inning with a sore right wrist, the result of his clash with Gomez. X-rays were negative. ... Cerda's run of four consecutive scoreless appearances ended.

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5011002 .252
Tony Graffanino, 2B2110000 .224
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH-2B3000012 .195
Mike Sweeney, 1B4321111 .339
Ken Harvey, DH4100121 .225
Matt Stairs, RF5123000 .246
Emil Brown, LF4210111 .194
Angel Berroa, SS4113021 .237
Mark Teahen, 3B3110100 .233
John Buck, C3000012 .163
   b- Terrence Long, PH0000000 .221
   c- Joe McEwing, PH1000000 .342
    Alberto Castillo, C0000000 .154
a-popped out for Graffanino in the 4th
b-announced for Buck in the 8th
c-grounded out for Long in the 8th
2B - Mike Sweeney (11, Lopez), Mark Teahen (1, Lopez)
HR - Mike Sweeney (8, Julio), Matt Stairs (3, Lopez), Angel Berroa (3, Lopez)
RBI - David DeJesus (10), Mike Sweeney (28), Matt Stairs 3 (8), Angel Berroa 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (4)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
Brian Anderson 2311011 6.75
Mike Wood 3433221 5.03
Jaime Cerda 0.1133201 9.39
Mike MacDougal (BS,2) 1311200 3.86
Ambiorix Burgos (W,1-1) 2.2000040 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Anderson 38-22, Mike Wood 56-29, Jaime Cerda 18-8, Mike MacDougal 24-12, Ambiorix Burgos 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Wood 5-2, Jaime Cerda 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1, Ambiorix Burgos 2-2
Batters Faced - Brian Anderson 9, Mike Wood 15, Jaime Cerda 4, Mike MacDougal 7, Ambiorix Burgos 8
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3100223 .361
Luis Matos, CF4110100 .286
Melvin Mora, 3B5123012 .306
Miguel Tejada, SS5110001 .339
Javy Lopez, DH5112010 .324
Jay Gibbons, RF4120110 .256
Chris Gomez, 1B2110101 .474
   a- Rafael Palmeiro, PH-1B1000100 .221
Larry Bigbie, LF3020000 .263
Geronimo Gil, C4113025 .229
a-walked for Gomez in the 7th
2B - Luis Matos (5, Wood), Melvin Mora (8, MacDougal), Jay Gibbons (6, Wood)
HR - Melvin Mora (7, Anderson), Javy Lopez (6, Wood), Geronimo Gil (1, Cerda)
SH - Larry Bigbie (1)
RBI - Melvin Mora 3 (16), Javy Lopez 2 (19), Geronimo Gil 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (4)
SB - Melvin Mora (3, 3rd base off MacDougal/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Gomez
E - Melvin Mora (2, Throwing error), Miguel Tejada 2 (6, misplayed grounder), Todd Williams (1, throwing error)
Baltimore Orioles
Rodrigo Lopez 4.1686322 4.46
Rick Bauer 1.2000010 9.72
Todd Williams (L,3-2) 1.1111130 3.95
Steve Kline 1000010 5.91
Jorge Julio 0.2211011 1.62
IBB - Teahen by Todd Williams
WP - Rodrigo Lopez 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 78-51, Rick Bauer 18-14, Todd Williams 27-16, Steve Kline 7-5, Jorge Julio 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-7, Rick Bauer 3-2, Todd Williams 1-0, Steve Kline 1-1
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 23, Rick Bauer 6, Todd Williams 6, Steve Kline 3, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35252
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Andy Fletcher