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Baltimore at Kansas City

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Orioles 12, Royals 8

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rafael Palmeiro knew his slump wasn't going to last.

Palmeiro had four hits, including his 555th home run, and drove in five runs, helping the Baltimore Orioles rally from a six-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 12-8 on Tuesday night.

The 40-year-old Palmeiro was 7-for-40 in his previous 14 games, dropping his average to .222. He had just three home runs and 10 RBI in his first 37 games.

"I've always been a good hitter. I knew eventually I'll figure it out," Palmeiro said. "Tonight everything just felt good. I've been pretty decent the last few weeks, but tonight everything fell right in place."

Palmeiro had nine home runs and 23 RBI the final month of last season.

"The power has always been there over the last 15 years. It has never gone away," he said. "If my mechanics are right and my rhythm is right, I'm going to hit. It's that simple.

"Mechanically, I haven't been right. I was right in September of last year, but for some reason it didn't carry over into this year. It's not too late. There's a whole season ahead of us. There's no doubt in my mind I'm going to contribute and I'm going to hit."

Brian Roberts added his 11th home run and Sal Fasano had a pinch-hit shot for the Orioles (25-13), who moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. Jay Gibbons also homered and drove in three runs.

Palmeiro had his first four-hit game since Sept. 28, 2001. His homer leading off the Orioles' six-run fourth was his 41st against the Royals, the most by any player.

"The key is we were able to win the game after falling behind," Palmeiro said. "It's not going to happen every time, but at least the feeling is there in the dugout that we can come back and score."

Five Orioles relievers combined to hold the Royals scoreless on four hits for 7 /-3 innings. B.J. Ryan finished for his 11th save in 12 chances.

"The bullpen weathered the storm and we stopped the bleeding," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You've got to try to swing the momentum. This team thinks they can come back every time and do it. In reality, it doesn't happen every time, but they think so."

The Royals were trying to win three straight for the first time since July 11-16, 2004.

Orioles starter Sidney Ponson left after only 1 1/3 innings with a bruised left calf after being struck by Matt Stairs' liner and was replaced by John Parrish. Ponson was charged with eight runs -- six earned -- and eight hits.

The Royals batted around in a five-run first, then increased their lead to 8-2 in the second by scoring on Ponson's throwing error, a bases-loaded walk by Parrish and Parrish's wild pitch.

Parrish (1-0), who struck out four and walked three in 1 2/3 innings, was credited with the victory.

Royals starter Jose Lima remained winless in 11 starts since last Sept. 14 for the Dodgers. He lasted just three-plus innings, allowing seven runs and four hits, including home runs by Roberts, Gibbons and Palmeiro.

"He can't make a mistake without the ball going out of the park," Royals interim manager Bob Schaefer said. "I don't know what he's throwing, but when the ball is up it goes a long way."

Lima, whose ERA soared to 7.77, has yielded an American League-high 12 home runs. He left after Gibbons' two-run shot brought the Orioles within 8-7 and was replaced by Jaime Cerda (1-3), who gave up Melvin Mora's double to tie the score and Palmeiro's go-ahead single.

"This is embarrassing," Lima said. "To give up seven runs, I blew it. We score eight runs and I can't hold it. This is not the Jose Lima I know."

The Kauffman Stadium crowd booed Lima when Schaefer pulled him.

"This is the first time in my career I get booed at home," Lima said. "Every outing I have one bad inning, giving up four or five runs. I always try to stay away from the big inning."

The Orioles padded their lead with two runs in the seventh. Palmeiro had an RBI single, stole second and scored on Gibbons' double.

Notes: Orioles DH B.J. Surhoff was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Gary Darling for arguing a called third strike. ... Royals CF David DeJesus was held out of the lineup with a foot injury. Eli Marrero replaced him in center. ... The Orioles acquired INF Mike Moriarty from the Chicago Cubs for future considerations and assigned him to Triple-A Ottawa. He played eight games in 2002 for Baltimore, going 3-for-16.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Palmeiro
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Baltimore

J. Gibbons
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5111010 .376
David Newhan, LF4220100 .200
Melvin Mora, 3B5221001 .291
Miguel Tejada, SS3110202 .333
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B5245002 .246
Javy Lopez, C5110024 .279
    Geronimo Gil, C0000000 .195
B.J. Surhoff, DH4111011 .275
   a- Sal Fasano, PH-DH1111000 .600
Jay Gibbons, RF4123000 .271
    Keith Reed, PR-RF1000010 .200
Jeff Fiorentino, CF5000001 .400
Totals421215123511 
a-homered for Surhoff in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora 2 (11, Lima, Cerda), B.J. Surhoff (1, Lima), Jay Gibbons (11, MacDougal)
HR - Brian Roberts (11, Lima), Rafael Palmeiro (4, Lima), Sal Fasano (2, Nunez), Jay Gibbons (6, Lima)
RBI - Brian Roberts (33), Melvin Mora (20), Rafael Palmeiro 5 (15), B.J. Surhoff (10), Sal Fasano (3), Jay Gibbons 3 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (6), Rafael Palmeiro 3 (5), Jay Gibbons (6)
SB - David Newhan (3, 2nd base off Sisco/Buck), Rafael Palmeiro (2, 2nd base off MacDougal/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lopez-B. Roberts, Tejada-B. Roberts-Palmeiro, Mora-B. Roberts-Palmeiro
E - Sidney Ponson (2, Wild throw)
Baltimore Orioles
Sidney Ponson 1.1886000 5.94
John Parrish (W,1-0) 1.2000340 1.00
Steve Reed (H,3) 2.1100010 5.52
Steve Kline (H,2) 1.2100100 5.79
Jorge Julio (H,5) 1.2200130 2.18
B.J. Ryan (S,11) 0.1000010 1.64
WP - Sidney Ponson (6), John Parrish (5), Jorge Julio (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 45-30, John Parrish 30-14, Steve Reed 30-18, Steve Kline 17-8, Jorge Julio 36-24, B.J. Ryan 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 2-3, Steve Reed 2-4, Steve Kline 2-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 13, John Parrish 7, Steve Reed 8, Steve Kline 5, Jorge Julio 8, B.J. Ryan 1
Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS5220012 .247
Terrence Long, LF5120011 .214
Tony Graffanino, 1B5111012 .247
Matt Stairs, DH3211200 .271
Emil Brown, RF4121101 .228
Eli Marrero, CF4111112 .187
John Buck, C3001033 .173
Mark Teahen, 3B4011022 .276
Ruben Gotay, 2B3020101 .217
Totals3681265914 
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs (6, Ponson), Eli Marrero (4, Ponson), Mark Teahen (4, Ponson), Ruben Gotay (4, Julio)
SF - John Buck (1)
RBI - Tony Graffanino (5), Matt Stairs (12), Emil Brown (12), Eli Marrero (9), John Buck (9), Mark Teahen (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (4)
CS - Ruben Gotay (2, 2nd base by Parrish/Lopez)
Team LOB - 7
Kansas City Royals
Jose Lima 3877013 7.77
Jaime Cerda (L,1-3) 2.2322110 6.00
Mike MacDougal 1.1322010 4.74
Andy Sisco 1000200 1.93
Leo Nunez 1111021 3.38
IBB - Tejada by Jaime Cerda, Tejada by Andy Sisco
WP - Mike MacDougal (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 59-36, Jaime Cerda 48-25, Mike MacDougal 24-13, Andy Sisco 16-5, Leo Nunez 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 1-7, Jaime Cerda 1-6, Andy Sisco 1-2, Leo Nunez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Lima 17, Jaime Cerda 12, Mike MacDougal 7, Andy Sisco 5, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13274
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Paul Nauert